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

Jamaica To Celebrate National Environment Awareness Week: June 4 to 9


I attended the launch of National Environmental Awareness Week on May 25, which included the launch of Green Business Jamaica (about which I will update you in a separate post). Here is the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) press release on the week (June 4 – 9) when various activities are planned. More details … More Jamaica To Celebrate National Environment Awareness Week: June 4 to 9

International Day of Forests: A Consultation in Jamaica


The UN International Day of Forests (March 21) has only been around since 2012; but the Forestry Department of Jamaica has been very busy since long before that “official day” was established. In the past few weeks, the Department has been very much focused on a series of public consultations on its Draft National Forest … More International Day of Forests: A Consultation in Jamaica

The Alligator Head Foundation: Another Fish Sanctuary Rises to the Surface


No, I know. Jamaica doesn’t have alligators. It has crocodiles. But Alligator Head is the name of a place in Portland, so we can’t change that. We recently attended a rather unusual gathering in the lovely parish (which always has the word “green” attached to it, although it was hot and dry throughout our stay … More The Alligator Head Foundation: Another Fish Sanctuary Rises to the Surface

Intermittent Blogging Alert… And Eco-Tourism Training Opportunity in Cockpit Country


My dear readers, you will have to bear with me for a while. For the next two months or so, my blog post output will be rather “on and off,” and less consistent than usual. I will be very distracted by other things. The primary reasons for this are that for most of June I … More Intermittent Blogging Alert… And Eco-Tourism Training Opportunity in Cockpit Country

The Destruction of Paradise is Ongoing


On September 1, 2014 I wrote a blog post entitled: “The Systematic Dismantling of Paradise: A Preliminary Checklist.”  Well, here is an update. Six months later, the dismantling continues, unabated. If anything, it has accelerated. Let’s start in Central America, shall we? In Nicaragua, the Hong Kong-based HKND Group (reportedly backed by the Chinese Government) … More The Destruction of Paradise is Ongoing

The Systematic Dismantling of Paradise: A Preliminary Checklist


I get emotional about certain things. One of them is the destruction of the few relatively untouched areas of our planet, in the name of unsustainable “development.” Despite the recent warnings that the damage we human beings have already done is beyond repair, in terms of climate change, some among us relentlessly move onwards in pursuit of … More The Systematic Dismantling of Paradise: A Preliminary Checklist

Jamaica Selling Out Its Paradise: CNN Op-Ed by Wendy Townsend


I am reposting this article from CNN’s website. Please share it widely. You can find it online at http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/02/opinion/townsend-jamaica-iguana/ Editor’s note: Wendy Townsend writes for children and young adults, and she and her family raise lizards as pets. Her third novel, “Blue Iguana,” has just been released by namelos. The opinions in this commentary are solely … More Jamaica Selling Out Its Paradise: CNN Op-Ed by Wendy Townsend