View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

Recently, I found myself on the top of a hill in South St. Elizabeth. This part of the parish has a special aura. It is warm as toast, dry as bone – and yet,  fruitful. It has been called the “bread basket” of Jamaica. St. Elizabeth people are soft-spoken. St. Elizabeth farmers are known for … More View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The past week has been…well, one of some uncertainty, rather like the weather (odd little showers, appearing and disappearing). Mixed signals, perhaps. There is a lot to think about, and to discuss. Caribbean: The Caribbean Export Development Agency and Caribbean Development Bank have joined forces to help provide easier access to finance for women-owned businesses – … More A Cup Soup, A Bridge, A Tunnel and a Pipe Organ: Jamaica on Wednesday, February 21, 2018

JET Welcomes Decision to Use LNG for Nain Aluminium Refinery Power Plant

Breathing a huge sigh of relief over this announcement yesterday! The possibility of a coal-powered plant that Mining Minister Mike Henry announced would be built at the aluminium plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth has been hanging over our heads for over a year now. A coal power plant would have been a nightmare for Jamaica’s air quality … More JET Welcomes Decision to Use LNG for Nain Aluminium Refinery Power Plant

Environmental Toxins in Jamaica, Destructive Floods, Hurricanes and Birds: More Environmental Stories, December 13, 2016

Here are some more stories on the environment and climate change, which I hope you will find interesting. Please click on the links for further information, and please share the articles, which I have selected carefully for your interest. Jamaica and the Caribbean: Environmental Toxins Related to Cancer: In a presentation at the Conference on Emerging Issues … More Environmental Toxins in Jamaica, Destructive Floods, Hurricanes and Birds: More Environmental Stories, December 13, 2016

Over 21,000 People Sign #SayNOtoCoalJA Petition Opposing Coal-Fired Power Plant in Jamaica

In recent weeks, I have been sharing information on the incredibly harmful health and environmental effects of coal-fired power plants (including the huge amounts of waste it produces) – whether from the pollution of air, water and land or from the high carbon emissions contributing to climate change. (There’s a good website from the Union of … More Over 21,000 People Sign #SayNOtoCoalJA Petition Opposing Coal-Fired Power Plant in Jamaica

Caribbean Nations Vote AGAINST Whale Sanctuary, Jamaica Moves to Ratify Paris Agreement: Environment News: October 28, 2016

I am playing some serious “catch-up” now with my newsy stuff. So much has been happening! Please click on the links for more information on these stories I pulled together for you…I’m afraid some of these stories are somewhat depressing. I will try to find some more encouraging ones, next time! Jamaica and the Caribbean The … More Caribbean Nations Vote AGAINST Whale Sanctuary, Jamaica Moves to Ratify Paris Agreement: Environment News: October 28, 2016

Why Jamaica Should Say NO to Coal: Lessons To Be Learned From Elsewhere

Jamaica, please say NO to coal. And please sign the Jamaica Environment Trust’s petition: https://www.change.org/p/government-of-jamaica-say-no-to-coal-ja-c5f91528-4c3c-42f5-83db-17c568975e83 When environmental professionals and advocates express their concerns, there is always a suggestion that one should not become “emotional” over  environmental issues. One should be coolly objective. Fine, but for my part I see nothing wrong with a little emotion, unless … More Why Jamaica Should Say NO to Coal: Lessons To Be Learned From Elsewhere

Jamaica Environment Trust Welcomes News About Goat Islands Hub

For me personally, this is probably the biggest and best news of the year! Yesterday evening, Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted the following to Diana McCaulay, the CEO of the Jamaica Environment Trust from the Town Hall meeting he was holding in Queens, New York. Here is JET’s press release of September 23, welcoming the … More Jamaica Environment Trust Welcomes News About Goat Islands Hub