The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost


You may have missed this (as I almost did in the horrendous month of January) – but the Forestry Department has been busy. You may recall that last October Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a “Three Million Trees in Three Years” project. The numbers are great, but the devil is in the details. Does the … More The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost

Development Is About People, Not Economies: A Blog Post by Patrick Gathara


I am a big fan of Kenyan cartoonist and political commentator Patrick Gathara’s blog. I often find that his articles ring true for Jamaica, too – although Kenya of course has its own specific issues. Here’s another thought-provoking post from Mr. Gathara. You may find the link here… Last week I was invited to what was … More Development Is About People, Not Economies: A Blog Post by Patrick Gathara

Climate Change Awareness Week, UNEP Champions of the Earth, More Environmental News: December 3, 2016


Well, a lot has been happening in Jamaica and there’s lots of news further afield, too. Please click on the links for more information. Jamaica and the Caribbean: Climate Change Awareness Week: It was an exciting week, organized by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and following on from the Prime Minister’s recent participation … More Climate Change Awareness Week, UNEP Champions of the Earth, More Environmental News: December 3, 2016

Thinking Green, Justice Delayed, and A Princely Visit: Jamaica on Monday, April 25, 2016


The weather has been persistently grey, humid and cloudy. Yesterday, our gardener had some actual grass to cut, although our “lawn” remains very thin and will likely never recover. I hear La Niña is arriving. She sounds like a better deal than the male equivalent, but I’d like to know more about how she might … More Thinking Green, Justice Delayed, and A Princely Visit: Jamaica on Monday, April 25, 2016

Female Genital Mutilation: A Serious Violation of Girls’ and Women’s Rights


Here is a post by fellow blogger and educator Wayne Campbell. You can find the link to this article here: http://wayaine.blogspot.com/2016/02/female-genital-mutilation.html  As the World Health Organization states: “Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.” (See: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/) Here’s something I found out today: An estimated 137,000 women and girls are … More Female Genital Mutilation: A Serious Violation of Girls’ and Women’s Rights

African Postman: Valentino Achak Deng Helps Build the Future in South Sudan


Several years ago, I read a book called “What is the What.” It is the extraordinary autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, as told to novelist Dave Eggers (Eggers says he wrote it “in Valentino’s voice” but it is partially a novel, too). Valentino was one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who literally ran from his home village of … More African Postman: Valentino Achak Deng Helps Build the Future in South Sudan

African Postman: An Ethiopian Nun Enraptures the Holy Land


I have been inspired (literally!) by this beautiful article by Harriet Sherwood in the UK “Guardian” (shared by a fellow blogger in Guyana, Mark Jacobs) to restart my “African Postman” series. It’s about time, right? I will try to make this a weekly item, though not necessarily a Sunday one. This article made me realize … More African Postman: An Ethiopian Nun Enraptures the Holy Land