It was a warm August afternoon in Port Royal. As usual, the small town was moving in slow motion. (I always find it impossible to imagine Port Royal as “the wickedest city,” with buxom wenches, swashbuckling pirates and other clichés – 21st century Port Royal is considerably more laid back). Somehow we took a wrong … More An Afternoon with the Mariners of Port Royal
Things have been rather overwhelming lately – which is why I have skipped a week. Perhaps it is the weather. Our yard is burning up before our eyes, with even the bravest of plants flinching in the heat. Some places have had rain, but we’re in Kingston’s rain shadow. We just watch the rain clouds … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 29/30, 2017
Today (July 26) is UNESCO’s International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. In other words, it’s World Mangrove Day! UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova notes: Coastal mangroves are among the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Current estimates indicate that up to 67% of mangroves have been lost to date, and nearly all unprotected mangroves … More A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26
So much has been happening that I am still trying to catch up. A lot of good things, actually. And here is just one of them, that will undoubtedly contribute to environmental education. It’s important for young people to see and experience important aspects of our natural heritage, and to examine our special and unique … More Discovery Bay Marine Lab Opens New Biodiversity Boardwalk With EFJ Funding
Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day. The theme is Environmental and Climate Literacy – in other words, the importance of educating ourselves on these complex and wide-ranging topics. Until recently, by the way, I didn’t know the day is also called International Mother Earth Day. The Earth Day Network (Earth Day is primarily a citizen-oriented effort) is … More #EarthDay2017: What’s Happening in Jamaica?
At last, I am back with some more stories on environmental and climate change issues. I try to pick those that are relevant to Jamaica and the Caribbean, but some stories are of such extraordinary interest I feel bound to include them. Please click on the links for more information. Please don’t forget also that … More Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sand Mining and Island Invasives: Environment and Climate Change Stories, March 5 2017
The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) has just issued a new Call for Proposals for projects that help communities across the island adapt to climate change. This is part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) US$1.4 million Adaptation Program and Financing Mechanisms for Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), rolled out by EFJ in collaboration with … More Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Seeks Climate Change Adaptation Projects for Funding