Endangered Species Day: Jamaica’s Sea Turtles Are Living on the Edge

There was a painful, sad post on social media this morning: the Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society needs help to save and protect our Sea Turtles. On May 8 and 14, 2020 two females were killed and all the body parts stolen. “Our Game Wardens are ready and able but are in need of your financial support … More Endangered Species Day: Jamaica’s Sea Turtles Are Living on the Edge

The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost

You may have missed this (as I almost did in the horrendous month of January) – but the Forestry Department has been busy. You may recall that last October Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a “Three Million Trees in Three Years” project. The numbers are great, but the devil is in the details. Does the … More The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost

Save Cockpit Country Day is September 20 in Stewart Town, Trelawny

Save Cockpit Country! Stewart Town Square in Trelawny will be the focus of a programme of education, entertainment and empowerment on Cockpit Country, on Friday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. Irie FM will be conducting an outside broadcast from 6:00 a.m. (yes, early) to 2:00 p.m. It coincides with the September 20 Global Climate Strike. There is … More Save Cockpit Country Day is September 20 in Stewart Town, Trelawny

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The Cockpit Country’s Majestic Presence

Members of BirdLife Jamaica (I am proud to be one) have sent this letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister Daryl Vaz and to the local newspapers. The italics are mine, and the beautiful photographs are by BirdLife member, bird guide and passionate conservationist Wendy Lee. Dear Prime Minister: Members of BirdLife Jamaica, a 56-year-old … More The Cockpit Country’s Majestic Presence

St. Bess Heritage: Wattle and Red Earth

It all started with a house. Kingston-based architect Ann Hodges designed a house for Dr Courtney Coke, a Chicago-based member of the Jamaican diaspora, in Potsdam, St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. Potsdam District is in the cool, breezy Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking the sunburned limestone plains and beyond, the blue haze of the Caribbean Sea. Dr Coke … More St. Bess Heritage: Wattle and Red Earth

Buying “Social” (And Giving) for Christmas

There is an old Christmas song, or nursery rhyme, in England: Christmas is Coming/The goose is getting fat/Please to put a penny in/the old man’s hat/ If you haven’t got a penny/A ha’penny will do/If you haven’t got a ha’penny/then God bless you! Well, most people don’t eat goose for Christmas dinner any more, and … More Buying “Social” (And Giving) for Christmas

Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery

Cockpit Country is fragile. It remains under threat from bauxite mining, which is pressing around the edges of the declared Cockpit Country Protected Area. Just a month ago, I noted in my news summary: “I fear that, while the “ground-truthing” of Cockpit Country continues (the measuring, step by step, of the boundaries) there will be … More Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery

Stakeholders Petition Jamaica House to Save Cockpit Country

As I mentioned recently, Jamaica House has opened a new petition portal – rather like President Obama’s White House petition page. Jamaica Environment Trust and a range of civil society/environmental advocates have opened a  petition to Save Cockpit Country. Yes, I have written about this many times before, and there have been public consultations, many … More Stakeholders Petition Jamaica House to Save Cockpit Country

BirdsCaribbean Meeting in Cuba to Highlight Tourism, Technology…and More!

Sigh. I wish I was going to Cuba for the 21st International Conference of BirdsCaribbean, but I cannot make it this time. It’s going to be wonderful, I know! Here is an article about some of the topics and speakers who will be there. It’s only two and a half weeks away, but “last minute” … More BirdsCaribbean Meeting in Cuba to Highlight Tourism, Technology…and More!

#WithNature This World Environment Day – in Jamaica and Everywhere

The theme for World Environment Day (June 5) this year is a good one: Connecting People to Nature. The hashtag is #WithNature  It’s important for us to make that special connection with nature. Yes, we know it feels good. And yet I always thought we were part of it already. Perhaps the idea is to … More #WithNature This World Environment Day – in Jamaica and Everywhere