Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Begins on Earth Day

It has been a day and night of overwhelming rain in Kingston – the kind of rain that gets louder and louder until you cannot ignore it. Not so good for the pre-Carnival partygoers (hopefully they will have sunshine tomorrow). There are flood warnings and many Earth Day events were postponed. The rain may also … More Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Begins on Earth Day

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#EarthDay2017: What’s Happening in Jamaica?

Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day. The theme is Environmental and Climate Literacy – in other words, the importance of educating ourselves on these complex and wide-ranging topics. Until recently, by the way, I didn’t know the day is also called International Mother Earth Day. The Earth Day Network (Earth Day is primarily a citizen-oriented effort) is … More #EarthDay2017: What’s Happening in Jamaica?

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From Public Opinion Online: Change Bigger Than Trump, by Indi McLymont Lafayette

Here is another article by a 51% Coalition member, Indi McLymont Lafayette. Indi is a consultant and a climate change/environmental advocate.  You can read the article here on the new Public Opinion online news website. On March 28 President Donald Trump passed an Executive Order rescinding several of his predecessor’s climate change policies and legislation. It … More From Public Opinion Online: Change Bigger Than Trump, by Indi McLymont Lafayette

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Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative: Just a Few More Days to Apply!

People! This is a quick note to remind you that the deadline to apply for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) is coming up fast. This is an “amazing opportunity,” as former YLAI Fellow Latoya West-Blackwood describes it. The link to the online application is here! And the deadline is midnight (Washington time) on … More Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative: Just a Few More Days to Apply!

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Garbage and Disorder on the University of the West Indies’ Back Doorstep

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus looks lovely on one side – the main gate for regular visitors has the fairly new Regional Headquarters, which has lovely views of groves of guango trees and hills at the back. Lecturers are comfortably ensconced in College Common. UWI provides various forms of support for … More Garbage and Disorder on the University of the West Indies’ Back Doorstep

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St. Lucian Government Says It is Sensitive to Environmental Concerns Over Planned Tourism Complex

Following recent concerns expressed by several local and international organisations regarding the impact of a major tourism development on the Maria Islands Nature Reserve off the coast of St. Lucia, the island’s Office of the Prime Minister has responded with a press release, with assurances that the project is “sensitive to the principles of sustainable development … More St. Lucian Government Says It is Sensitive to Environmental Concerns Over Planned Tourism Complex

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A Causeway to Catastrophe in St. Lucia: Native Species Face Extinction if Resort Goes Ahead

This is UNESCO’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. But have business interests overseas and in the Caribbean got the memo yet? One wonders. I have more to say on this subject, but firstly… Karetta Crooks Charles, Communications & Advocacy Officer at the Saint Lucia National Trust, shared this press release with me a few days … More A Causeway to Catastrophe in St. Lucia: Native Species Face Extinction if Resort Goes Ahead

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