Two Young Caribbean Environmental Activists Win Regional Award

I seem to be regularly “bigging up” the region’s young environmental activists these days, and with good reason. Dozens of young Ambassadors were busy planting trees (many of them in “real time”) at the launch of the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance’s Caribbean Tree Planting Project youth arm on Sunday. More to follow on this! I also … More Two Young Caribbean Environmental Activists Win Regional Award

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Nine youth groups, headed by the Jamaica Climate Change Youth Council, have sent an Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Hon. Andrew Holness. Here is the text, which they shared online today (November 19, 2020). Congratulations to the driving force behind this, #Youth4PuertoBueno. Dear Prime Minister: On behalf of Jamaicans who have … More Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

This press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group is not just about environmental issues. It is about transparency, proper consultation, and democracy. As we in Jamaica are living under restrictions during the COVID-19 era – notably, the limitations on gatherings – we cannot possibly attend in-person consultations (which have often lasted for hours in … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

Youth Win Prizes in Guyana Solar Challenge

Co-founder of Solar Head of State James Ellsmoor is forging ahead, encouraging and empowering young people across the Caribbean to think seriously about renewable energy and the impact it can have on their countries. Last year Prime Minister Andrew Holness presented prizes to the winners of the Jamaica Solar Challenge at Jamaica House (which has now … More Youth Win Prizes in Guyana Solar Challenge

A Youth Solar Challenge Comes to Guyana

As I do believe I have mentioned before, James Ellsmoor, Director of Solar Head of State, is an innovator (and island lover). He also believes in partnerships. Following last year’s Solar Challenge – a competition to empower  youth – in Jamaica, he has got together an impressive group to sponsor a national competition in Guyana.  … More A Youth Solar Challenge Comes to Guyana

Jamaica Community Solar Competition Launched!

James Ellsmoor is an energetic young man who believes passionately in renewable energy. Now, his organisation, Solar Head of State, in partnership with the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre, has launched a competition in Jamaican schools. It is aimed at encouraging students to research and understand more about renewables and to be creative in their entries. Here … More Jamaica Community Solar Competition Launched!

Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)

There is a lot going on at this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23) in Bonn. Since there is a major focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with the Pacific island of Fiji as this year’s host, it is understandable that Caribbean delegates are working especially hard.  An hour or so ago, the … More Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)

Climate Change: Let’s Prepare To Survive As Best We Can

The Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21) is now several weeks behind us, but is by no means “last year’s news.” I am continuing to share with you feedback and opinions from around the Caribbean. Please find below the official report of the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action (CAFRA), compiled by Chairperson Flavia Cherry. … More Climate Change: Let’s Prepare To Survive As Best We Can

Young People Consider Climate Change, Part 2: Advocacy, Biodiversity, Climate Change Resilience Building and Youth Empowerment

Environmental and youth advocate Adrian Watson has a great deal to say about climate change. As you will see from the article below, he continues to think through all the implications of climate change for our small and vulnerable island, ahead of COP-21 (the Paris Climate Change Conference) in December, from a young person’s perspective. By … More Young People Consider Climate Change, Part 2: Advocacy, Biodiversity, Climate Change Resilience Building and Youth Empowerment

A Call to Action on Climate Change: A Youth View from Adrian Watson

I said I would not be blogging much, and this is in fact a guest blog by Adrian O. Watson, a member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network in Jamaica, Projects Coordinator/National Focal Point and a member of Junior Chamber International in Kingston. He sent it to me a couple of weeks ago, and I … More A Call to Action on Climate Change: A Youth View from Adrian Watson