The Wonderful Oceans That Surround Us: World Oceans Day


We must celebrate. We may feel sad for the plight of our oceans, but we must also celebrate what they have given us. A good day to start would be World Oceans Day – Wednesday, June 8. You can find all the information you need on this global “special day” here: http://www.worldoceansday.org I have written before … More The Wonderful Oceans That Surround Us: World Oceans Day

Jamaica’s Poet Laureate to Lead Second Annual Writers’ Retreat in Lime Hall, St. Ann


Last summer I participated in The Drawing Room Project’s first retreat led by Christine Craig, along with poets from Jamaica, the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. It was an extraordinarily fruitful and enriching experience, and I wrote about it in this blog. This year, the Retreat will be led by our very own Poet … More Jamaica’s Poet Laureate to Lead Second Annual Writers’ Retreat in Lime Hall, St. Ann

UNEP-CEP Preparing Report on the State of the Caribbean’s Marine Environment


Our friends at the UN Environment Programme – the Caribbean Environment Programme based here in Kingston – have a major focus: our beautiful Caribbean Sea. On World Environment Day, UNEP-CEP announced that it will be producing the first-ever report on the state of our marine environment here in the Caribbean. A meeting is currently under … More UNEP-CEP Preparing Report on the State of the Caribbean’s Marine Environment

Planet Tourist


Last weekend, I was in another world. A world where the scent of sun tan lotion and chlorinated pool water fills the air. Where the sound of sanitized reggae music rings in your ears. Where the taste of weak piña colada and French fries lingers in your mouth. Yes, we touched down on Planet Tourist on … More Planet Tourist

Caribbean Leaders Tackle Serious Problem of Marine Pollution


The issue of land based pollution is something that is not going to go away any time soon. So much of our solid waste, sewage and polluted water ends up in our rivers, gullies, and eventually in the sea. And there is another problem: that of the chemicals, especially fertilizers (nutrients) used in agriculture, that … More Caribbean Leaders Tackle Serious Problem of Marine Pollution

Sea Turtle, Suspended: The UN Caribbean Environment Programme, Part 2


During a visit to the tourist resort of Negril in Jamaica several years ago, I ventured out in a glass-bottom boat. Snorkeling and diving make me claustrophobic, so this is the only way that I can really see what is happening under the surface. I had hoped to see glowing, flourishing and healthy coral reefs; … More Sea Turtle, Suspended: The UN Caribbean Environment Programme, Part 2

Pollution Flowing from Land to Sea: The UN Caribbean Environment Programme, Part 1


I recently attended an absorbing and incredibly informative meeting with the United Nations Environment Programme. The Kingston office is situated in a building alongside the downtown Conference Centre that also houses the International Law of the Sea Convention offices. Here’s some background: This office administers the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP), which was launched in 1976… … More Pollution Flowing from Land to Sea: The UN Caribbean Environment Programme, Part 1