Minister Daryl Vaz – Speech at the Launch of National Environmental Awareness Week 2017


As you may have noticed in various posts on this blog – in the past year or two, at least – the impact of tourism developments on the environment cannot be overstated. Sand has been removed from beaches to create new beaches at new tourism resorts (they have created a “fake beach” recently at the … More Minister Daryl Vaz – Speech at the Launch of National Environmental Awareness Week 2017

JET Is Concerned At Sand Mining Approval on Turtle Nesting Beach Near Dolphin Head, Trelawny


In its recent Big Up Wi Beach campaign, JET (and students participating in the program) have found sand mining – whether legal or illegal – to be a factor in the deterioration of some of our beaches. So why has the Minister approved a permit (originally turned down by the NRCA) for sand mining on a turtle … More JET Is Concerned At Sand Mining Approval on Turtle Nesting Beach Near Dolphin Head, Trelawny

#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?

Protect Your Coastlines and Seas from Pollution, Experts Urge Regional Governments


Living as we do on our respective islands and countries bordering the Caribbean Sea, we must realize by now the importance of protecting our vulnerable coastlines. We may not be always aware of our marine biodiversity, however – the incredible variety of species that live beneath the waves and are less visible;  but their fate is … More Protect Your Coastlines and Seas from Pollution, Experts Urge Regional Governments

On Climate and Development Policy: IPCC Chairman Dr. Hoesung Lee Addresses UWI Symposium on Climate Change


Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of attending a symposium on climate change (preceded by an excellent media workshop) organized by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and hosted by the University of the West Indies (UWI) at their lovely Regional Headquarters. The event, during the Ministry’s Climate Change Awareness Week, revolved around … More On Climate and Development Policy: IPCC Chairman Dr. Hoesung Lee Addresses UWI Symposium on Climate Change

Regional Pollution and Biodiversity Experts Help the UN Caribbean Environment Programme Develop its 2017-2018 Work Programme for Protecting the Caribbean Sea


I am now once again in “playing catch-up” mode, so forgive me. Several important meetings have been taking place recently related directly to environmental concerns in Jamaica and the Caribbean, and this is perhaps the most critical for our marine environment. Here is a press release regarding a series of meetings in Miami this week, … More Regional Pollution and Biodiversity Experts Help the UN Caribbean Environment Programme Develop its 2017-2018 Work Programme for Protecting the Caribbean Sea