LAC Principle 10: Governments Must Take Attacks on Environmental Defenders Seriously, Says Regional Civil Society

Environmental justice, and the human rights context of land rights and environmental defenders has been a huge issue – especially in our hemisphere – for some years now. Sadly though, it has not been given a very high profile in the media. I should have already written on this topic – and still plan to … More LAC Principle 10: Governments Must Take Attacks on Environmental Defenders Seriously, Says Regional Civil Society

World Environment Day 2016 in Jamaica: Time for Action!

Today is World Environment Day, with a very important theme: Fighting illegal trafficking in wildlife. Here in Jamaica, we have some birthday greetings and candles to blow out. Firstly, it’s the 15th anniversary of the National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA). The government agency has certainly had its ups and downs and frankly has not … More World Environment Day 2016 in Jamaica: Time for Action!

“Limbo”: A New Jamaican Novel by Esther Figueroa

Sitting here in limbo Waiting for the tide to flow Sitting here in limbo Knowing that I have to go One of Jimmy Cliff’s most wistful songs, this one written in 1971, came to mind as I was reading Esther Figueroa’s recently published novel – described as arguably Jamaica’s first “environmental novel.”  Limbo is, of course, … More “Limbo”: A New Jamaican Novel by Esther Figueroa