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?
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
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
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
I am a little late in sharing this September 19, 2016 press release from our friends at the United Nations Environment Programme – Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP) about a very important project that opened very recently (on September 20-21) in Kingston. Topics such as International Waters, Land Degradation, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Forest Management are of … More Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project
This morning I attended a media call-in with Pawan Patil and Sophie Sirtaine at the World Bank’s Head Office in Washington, DC. as they launched their new report on prospects for a “Blue Economy” for the Caribbean. Thanks to Gerry McDaniel at World Bank’s Jamaica Office for facilitating this. The link to the report (overview … More The Blue Economy: New World Bank Report Identifies Key Opportunities to Boost Growth in the Caribbean Sea while Preserving its Ecosystem
Happy Earth Day to all my readers! Have you planted a tree today? Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith today signed the historic Paris Agreement at UN Headquarters in New York. Altogether, a record 175 countries signed the Agreement and fifteen States deposited instruments of ratification. The full day’s ceremony, including … More Minister Kamina Johnson Smith Signs Paris Agreement on Climate Change on Earth Day at UN Headquarters