A Town Hall Meeting on Mining in the Cockpit Country: Let’s Have a Real Discussion Because It’s Not Over


The long-awaited public consultations on the Special Mining Lease 173 in Cockpit Country, held virtually on December 8, have been called many things over the past couple of weeks: Jamaica Environment Trust described the proceedings as a “sham.” I would say it made a mockery of what should have been a proper airing of the … More A Town Hall Meeting on Mining in the Cockpit Country: Let’s Have a Real Discussion Because It’s Not Over

Public Consultation on Proposed Bauxite Mining in Cockpit Country: December 8


With the controversy over the proposed limestone quarrying and other developments at Puerto Bueno Mountain rattling on, many have asked: “What about Cockpit Country? Is that all over and done with?” Well, as I noted recently on this blog, stakeholders and concerned citizens have expressed concern that proper public consultations would take place, bearing in … More Public Consultation on Proposed Bauxite Mining in Cockpit Country: December 8

Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability


Nine youth groups, headed by the Jamaica Climate Change Youth Council, have sent an Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Hon. Andrew Holness. Here is the text, which they shared online today (November 19, 2020). Congratulations to the driving force behind this, #Youth4PuertoBueno. Dear Prime Minister: On behalf of Jamaicans who have … More Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Protect Puerto Bueno Mountain Jamaica from Quarrying and Big Development: An Online Petition


As concerns rise over the proposed limestone quarrying in Puerto Bueno Mountain (which now, it transpires, will also involve a commercial development and “eco-tourism”?) here is a petition on change.org opposing the ministerial decision to approve a permit. Prime Minister Andrew Holness signed off on this, and stoutly defended his decision in a speech in … More Protect Puerto Bueno Mountain Jamaica from Quarrying and Big Development: An Online Petition

Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits


This press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group is not just about environmental issues. It is about transparency, proper consultation, and democracy. As we in Jamaica are living under restrictions during the COVID-19 era – notably, the limitations on gatherings – we cannot possibly attend in-person consultations (which have often lasted for hours in … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

BirdsCaribbean Deeply Concerned Over Threats to Grenada’s Environment from Three Damaging Developments


This is not the first time I have pointed to the major threats to Caribbean coastlines (in particular, mangroves, swamp forest and wetlands in general) from developments, largely of the tourism variety: fancy villas, all inclusives, waterparks, spas, golf courses, marinas, cruise ship ports, and more. More often than not they are funded by “overseas … More BirdsCaribbean Deeply Concerned Over Threats to Grenada’s Environment from Three Damaging Developments

Saint Lucia’s Heritage, Biodiversity and Beach Access at Risk


This blog has been rather preoccupied with COVID-19, and I am sure there will be more news to come. Nevertheless, much is happening (or has been happening) before, during (and hopefully after) the virus, so I am trying to catch up a little. I recently received this press release from the Saint Lucia National Trust. … More Saint Lucia’s Heritage, Biodiversity and Beach Access at Risk

JET Disappointed at Reversal of Ratification of Environmental Treaty by Jamaican Government


I posted the press release earlier this week from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, correcting an announcement that Jamaica had both signed and ratified the Escazú Agreement. In fact, Jamaica signed but has not yet ratified. This is the Jamaica Environment Trust’s response… The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) notes the October 1 press … More JET Disappointed at Reversal of Ratification of Environmental Treaty by Jamaican Government

Worrying News from Cockpit Country: JET Says Bauxite Mining Remains a Threat


The issues and queries surrounding the Cockpit Country are so complex and numerous that I will definitely be writing about it again very soon. There are many aspects to it. It’s true to say, though, that overall concerns are growing, and residents are growing increasingly anxious, about the impact of bauxite mining on their health … More Worrying News from Cockpit Country: JET Says Bauxite Mining Remains a Threat

The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?


A tweet dropped into my timeline earlier this week from Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Nothing unusual about that as he, like other government ministers, is a regular tweeter. This one gave me pause, however: Jamaica is open for business. The time is now. I want to thank the Amaterra Group for investing in Jamaica. The … More The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?