The Children, Water Panic and the PM’s Hunger: Monday, July 21, 2014


I have been thinking about children this week. The innocent victims of a wave of violence and madness that has swept through the international and local news, without a care for their souls and their small precious lives. Four children killed while playing on a beach in Palestine (not to mention the many others killed, … More The Children, Water Panic and the PM’s Hunger: Monday, July 21, 2014

Negril Beach and the Breakwater Issue: Some Updates


I recently wrote about the concerns of hoteliers in the tourist resort of Negril over the proposed construction of two offshore breakwaters. Since I received quite a response to my blog post from you, dear readers, I thought I would share with you a few additional articles that have appeared in the past few days. … More Negril Beach and the Breakwater Issue: Some Updates

Paradise or Parking Lot? The Dilemma of Negril Beach


“They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot…” Chairman of Couples Resorts Mr. Lee Issa wryly quoted these lines from Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” at the opening of an urgent press briefing in Kingston last week. The matter at hand has major implications for the resort town of Negril; and also, it is … More Paradise or Parking Lot? The Dilemma of Negril Beach

Minister, Please Reconsider Your UNESCO Biosphere Decision


I think the following open letter speaks for itself… I am posting it here, in case Jamaican media do not see fit to publish it.  I wrote about the biosphere issue here: https://petchary.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/jamaicas-portland-bight-a-biosphere-deferred/ OPEN LETTER: To Minister Pickersgill 22 March, 2014 Hon. Robert Pickersgill Minister of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change Dear Mr. Pickersgill, We … More Minister, Please Reconsider Your UNESCO Biosphere Decision

Island-Wide Consultations on Jamaica’s Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan


The islands of the Caribbean are extremely vulnerable to climate change. If the transshipment port at Goat Island in the Portland Bight Protected Area of Jamaica is built, another natural defense against hurricanes, storm surge and even tsunami will be removed (the thick mangrove barrier that surrounds Goat Islands). If you are in Jamaica, play … More Island-Wide Consultations on Jamaica’s Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan