Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to hold landmark hearing on extractive industries, rights, and climate change in the Caribbean

Environmental justice – and climate justice – and related human rights issues are pushing themselves further and further forward in the regional agenda. On October 8, the United Nations Security Council “recognized, for the first time, that having a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human right.” High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet … More Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to hold landmark hearing on extractive industries, rights, and climate change in the Caribbean

Another chance to see Jamaican environmental documentary, “Fly Me to the Moon”

There is another opportunity (in case you missed it, or want to watch again) for you to see Jamaican director Esther Figueroa’s 2019 documentary film “Fly Me to the Moon” at no cost. It will be aired as part of the Honolulu African American Film Festival on Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard … More Another chance to see Jamaican environmental documentary, “Fly Me to the Moon”

Online Film Festival to Highlight the Global Scourge of Extraction Industries

I remember, many years ago, being taken on a tour of the Bingham Canyon Mine (Kennecott) in Utah, the United States. It’s promoted as a tourist attraction. I was proudly told that this was the largest (deepest) open pit copper mine in the world. It resembled a vast moon crater, up close. Monstrous trucks moved … More Online Film Festival to Highlight the Global Scourge of Extraction Industries

Celebrating Caribbean Literature Day (Online)

What is Caribbean literature, who is writing – and where? This weekend, tune in to two online sessions celebrating Caribbean Literature Day. Yes, this is a “first”! And a wonderful concept. See the information below… And thanks to National Librarian Beverley Lashley for letting me know about this. By the way, I have reviewed a … More Celebrating Caribbean Literature Day (Online)

Panos Caribbean Concludes 2019 Voices for Climate Change Education Community-based Campaign

I spent some time this year with a vibrant group of singers, songwriters and community members. They are this year’s Voices for Climate Change. I have written about my experiences in several blog posts. Here is one I wrote for Global Voices. The fairly ambitious project in four rural communities was a learning process for all … More Panos Caribbean Concludes 2019 Voices for Climate Change Education Community-based Campaign

Journey to the Land of Look Behind: Tonight (May 20, 2015) in Kingston

If you are in Kingston, I am recommending that you go along this evening to III (3 Stanton Terrace, Kingston 6) – a regular “plein air” venue for local, foreign and indie films in the city. The film will start at 7:00 p.m. (come early!) Admission is J$500 and drinks and snacks (including chick pea doubles!) … More Journey to the Land of Look Behind: Tonight (May 20, 2015) in Kingston

The Access Initiative: Focus on the Palisadoes Highway Development

The Access Initiative (TAI) is a global coalition of civil society groups working to promote better access to information, participation, and justice in national‐level decisions that affect the environment in over 50 countries. Toward this end, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) convened TAI for Jamaica in 2013. TAI Jamaica has produced a detailed report assessing … More The Access Initiative: Focus on the Palisadoes Highway Development

August Town Tragedy, Absence from Custody and Less With More: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My apologies for the hiatus. The past week has been very busy, and I have been doing quite a bit of writing elsewhere! See below… The death of a policeman: I once knew August Town quite well. It’s at the end of a road that passes by the University of the West Indies campus. So close … More August Town Tragedy, Absence from Custody and Less With More: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Radio Series on Cockpit Country Starts Tomorrow

Here is a release from the Windsor Research Centre in our beautiful Cockpit Country. Do tune in, watch the videos, visit and share the Facebook page. If you would like more information, do contact Mike Schwartz or Esther Figueroa – contact information below. If you care about Jamaica’s precious biodiversity…Do spread the word! Windsor Research … More New Radio Series on Cockpit Country Starts Tomorrow

“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