International Rural Women’s Day in Cockpit Country (and beyond)

Happy International Rural Women’s Day! This year, the focus is on women farmers. Frequently lauded for their strength, hard work and resilience, they are a solid presence in rural Jamaica – over one third of rural women are farmers. Three years ago, I met a group of them at a Farmer’s School graduation ceremony, and … More International Rural Women’s Day in Cockpit Country (and beyond)

Running with Butterflies

The recent “no movement days” and the sudden quiet of lockdowns has made us engage in more unusual activities than usual. For me, it has been clearing out cupboards and chasing butterflies. For my husband it has been painting the walls and drastically cutting back a flowering bush (without my permission). Yes, chasing butterflies. We … More Running with Butterflies

JET Presents “Red Dirt: A Multidisciplinary Review of the Bauxite-Alumina Industry in Jamaica”

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) will hold a virtual public forum to present the findings of RED DIRT: A Multidisciplinary Review of the Bauxite-Alumina industry in Jamaica. The study was conducted by eight experts in their respective fields and covers an in depth look at the costs and benefits of this important industry. The forum is … More JET Presents “Red Dirt: A Multidisciplinary Review of the Bauxite-Alumina Industry in Jamaica”

A Town Hall Meeting on Mining in the Cockpit Country: Let’s Have a Real Discussion Because It’s Not Over

The long-awaited public consultations on the Special Mining Lease 173 in Cockpit Country, held virtually on December 8, have been called many things over the past couple of weeks: Jamaica Environment Trust described the proceedings as a “sham.” I would say it made a mockery of what should have been a proper airing of the … More A Town Hall Meeting on Mining in the Cockpit Country: Let’s Have a Real Discussion Because It’s Not Over

Public Consultation on Proposed Bauxite Mining in Cockpit Country: December 8

With the controversy over the proposed limestone quarrying and other developments at Puerto Bueno Mountain rattling on, many have asked: “What about Cockpit Country? Is that all over and done with?” Well, as I noted recently on this blog, stakeholders and concerned citizens have expressed concern that proper public consultations would take place, bearing in … More Public Consultation on Proposed Bauxite Mining in Cockpit Country: December 8

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Nine youth groups, headed by the Jamaica Climate Change Youth Council, have sent an Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Hon. Andrew Holness. Here is the text, which they shared online today (November 19, 2020). Congratulations to the driving force behind this, #Youth4PuertoBueno. Dear Prime Minister: On behalf of Jamaicans who have … More Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

This press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group is not just about environmental issues. It is about transparency, proper consultation, and democracy. As we in Jamaica are living under restrictions during the COVID-19 era – notably, the limitations on gatherings – we cannot possibly attend in-person consultations (which have often lasted for hours in … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

Online Film Festival to Highlight the Global Scourge of Extraction Industries

I remember, many years ago, being taken on a tour of the Bingham Canyon Mine (Kennecott) in Utah, the United States. It’s promoted as a tourist attraction. I was proudly told that this was the largest (deepest) open pit copper mine in the world. It resembled a vast moon crater, up close. Monstrous trucks moved … More Online Film Festival to Highlight the Global Scourge of Extraction Industries

We Can Do It: Three Million Trees in Three Years, Says Prime Minister

I confess that I am still a little hazy about the Prime Minister’s plan, announced with considerable fanfare at the recent Climate Action Summit, to plant three million trees in three years. I would love to have more details. I read this recent column (October 13) by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in the Jamaica Gleaner and still … More We Can Do It: Three Million Trees in Three Years, Says Prime Minister