Jamaica’s rivers and gullies are suffering from abuse

Today is World Rivers Day. It is observed on the fourth Sunday in September every year, I have learned. It was founded by a Canadian, Mark Angelo, a long-time river advocate who spoke at the United Nations in 2005 as part of its Water for Life campaign. Jamaican rivers are very different, of course, from … More Jamaica’s rivers and gullies are suffering from abuse

Jamaica Environment Trust’s Bittersweet 20th Anniversary for Schools’ Environment Programme

After twenty years of the Schools Environment Programme (SEP), Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has to close the programme down as funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) has been withdrawn. I had already shared some information in a previous post about the financial challenges JET has been facing, and their needs in order to … More Jamaica Environment Trust’s Bittersweet 20th Anniversary for Schools’ Environment Programme

Results of JET’s 2017 Cleanup Campaigns Underscore Jamaica’s Plastic Problem

JET has just released two reports on its impressive cleanup efforts last year. It’s no surprise that plastic dominated their findings. A TOTAL OF 315,517 plastic bottles collected! Here’s their press release. Do read the reports, and let it sink in. What are you doing today to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plastic – bottles in particular? … More Results of JET’s 2017 Cleanup Campaigns Underscore Jamaica’s Plastic Problem

Nuh Dutty Up Christmas! Says JET

The Jamaica Environment Trust’s (JET) Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica activities have been unrelenting this year, resulting in the phrase becoming almost a regular saying among Jamaicans – whether spoken or sung! Despite the increased levels of awareness, I would like to see a more sustained effort by individuals (and organisations, including small businesses) to stop “nastying … More Nuh Dutty Up Christmas! Says JET

JET Launches Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network Photo Competition

JET has just announced a new competition for all those communities engaged in Labour Day cleanups across the island – through the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica campaign. Once again, this is supported by the wonderful Tourism Enhancement Fund and Wisynco Group. When is Labour Day? Surely you must know! It’s Tuesday, May 23. Let’s get busy and … More JET Launches Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network Photo Competition

Big Up Wi Beach: Competing Schools “Create Their Own Knowledge”

“The Beach” (a generic term) occupies a special place in the heart of every Jamaican. What does The Beach mean to us? For some it means socialising – with a group of friends or family. For others, it is “fish and festival” or the equivalent, and some drinks. For the children, it is play, play, … More Big Up Wi Beach: Competing Schools “Create Their Own Knowledge”

JET, TEF and Wisynco Partner for Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network

You will recall the recent Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica public education campaign, focusing on the issue of garbage, garbage everywhere – with the very catchy song and animations. Very good work by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Well, an extension of the Clean Coasts Project and Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica has a new community focus. … More JET, TEF and Wisynco Partner for Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Cleanup Network

Environment Stories: Trash Free Waters, Manatees and the Oldest Tree in Europe: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Here are the week’s highlights, carefully selected by me! I hope you find them useful. Click on the underlined words and you will find the links to articles. Feedback is welcome! Jamaica and the Caribbean Trash Free Waters: The Trash Free Waters Initiative was launched on August 18 at the offices of the National Environment and … More Environment Stories: Trash Free Waters, Manatees and the Oldest Tree in Europe: Sunday, August 21, 2016

JET Launches International Coastal Cleanup Day with Release of Research on Garbage in Montego Bay

I am sorry I was not able to get out of town today with JET, to view the situation in Montego Bay’s South Gully and to learn more about the specific issues of solid waste management affecting Jamaica’s “second city” and tourism centre. Nevertheless, here is JET’s press release and photographs giving details. (Mark your … More JET Launches International Coastal Cleanup Day with Release of Research on Garbage in Montego Bay

Managing our Solid Waste: Solutions to the Problem of Plastics and Styrofoam

Now is the time for action! We are all gradually (finally) becoming aware of a tidal wave of plastic and styrofoam that threatens to overwhelm the island – although some of us have been writing about it for years. We have been talking about it for years, too. Recycling efforts have come and gone with … More Managing our Solid Waste: Solutions to the Problem of Plastics and Styrofoam