Hope for the Future: The Inspiring Green Team International Scholars

“How do you live in a place like Jamaica, which is all about green – and blue – and not be leaders in environmental consciousness? For us to have been leaders we would have to have had a different education. We needed to say: ‘Take a look around us, this is what we’ve got, we’ve … More Hope for the Future: The Inspiring Green Team International Scholars

The Natural History Museum’s Earth Day Arts Competition for Children and Youth: Deadline March 9!

The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ), a division of the Institute of Jamaica, is inviting entries for its 2020 Earth Day Competition, which has the theme: Countdown to 2030: Vision of a Healthy Environment.  As Earth Day reaches its milestone 50th anniversary in April 2020, nature and the environment are facing incredible and unprecedented challenges … More The Natural History Museum’s Earth Day Arts Competition for Children and Youth: Deadline March 9!

Natural History Museum of Jamaica and Highway 2000 East-West: Big Promoters of Jamaica’s Biodiversity

I confess to being biased: I just love the Biodiversity Awareness Programme of the Natural History Museum of Jamaica. I also love the partnership with Highway 2000 East-West, who are steadfast supporters of environmental education programmes at five primary schools close to the highway. The company’s support over the years has been hugely appreciated and … More Natural History Museum of Jamaica and Highway 2000 East-West: Big Promoters of Jamaica’s Biodiversity

Of Sea Squirts and Shore Trekees: Port Royal Marine Maniacs Are in Their Sixth Year

Last year I visited the Port Royal Marine Laboratory (PRML) and met some of the budding marine scientists, who were enjoying the Marine Maniacs summer camp. This summer I, unfortunately, didn’t make it to that special place where Kingston Harbour meets the Caribbean Sea. However, they shared their account of this year’s activities, as well as some great … More Of Sea Squirts and Shore Trekees: Port Royal Marine Maniacs Are in Their Sixth Year

JET to Honour Teachers as it Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Schools’ Environment Programme

I can hardly think of anything more important than environmental education, especially in these treacherous times. Now the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is celebrating the 20th anniversary (can it really be so long?) of its Schools’ Environment Programme (SEP), which I consider to be a model programme of its kind. I have written about the … More JET to Honour Teachers as it Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Schools’ Environment Programme

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!

Young People Consider Climate Change, Part 2: Advocacy, Biodiversity, Climate Change Resilience Building and Youth Empowerment

Environmental and youth advocate Adrian Watson has a great deal to say about climate change. As you will see from the article below, he continues to think through all the implications of climate change for our small and vulnerable island, ahead of COP-21 (the Paris Climate Change Conference) in December, from a young person’s perspective. By … More Young People Consider Climate Change, Part 2: Advocacy, Biodiversity, Climate Change Resilience Building and Youth Empowerment

The Young Bird Detectives

As the summer gathers up its strength, school is out – and across Jamaica the summer camps get started. This week, a one-of-a-kind summer camp is taking place at the beautifully landscaped Hope Zoo, adjoining Hope Gardens. It’s a first for the regional non-profit conservation organization BirdsCaribbean, which is holding its 20th International Meeting at … More The Young Bird Detectives

Jack Johnson

The Petchary is not writing about the world’s first African American heavyweight boxing champion.  Nor is she referring to the politician from the American state of Maryland, who seems to be in a lot of trouble right now (and there seem to be quite a few of those floating around). No, it’s the lovable, boy-next-door … More Jack Johnson