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?
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
A short while ago I wrote about the Canadian Government’s support for renewable energy in Jamaica. Now, another interesting academic-private sector entity in Canada is teaming up with the Caribbean Energy Solutions Research Institute in Jamaica to expand research, education and training in the field. Here is the Canadian High Commission’s press release: April 12, … More Canada Funds Further Research in Renewable Energy Field in Jamaica
Do you know about Build Better Jamaica? Do you know about the Net Zero Energy Building Project? If not, why not? On March 23 I attended an Energy Policy Workshop organised by this pioneering project of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute for Sustainable Development. The workshop was supported by the United Nations Environment … More “The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop
Earlier this year, I told you about BRACED II, a USAID-funded program that is so much more than a “housing project,” but a much wider and all-encompassing one that has a strong philosophy behind it. What is that philosophy? Well, for me it seems to be a determined effort to work within communities – unplanned and unregulated, … More Artistic Boys Win in JamHabitat’s WASH Poster Competition
The UN International Day of Forests (March 21) has only been around since 2012; but the Forestry Department of Jamaica has been very busy since long before that “official day” was established. In the past few weeks, the Department has been very much focused on a series of public consultations on its Draft National Forest … More International Day of Forests: A Consultation in Jamaica
At last, I am back with some more stories on environmental and climate change issues. I try to pick those that are relevant to Jamaica and the Caribbean, but some stories are of such extraordinary interest I feel bound to include them. Please click on the links for more information. Please don’t forget also that … More Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sand Mining and Island Invasives: Environment and Climate Change Stories, March 5 2017