Hillside destruction near Green Island, Hanover, Jamaica

The parish of Hanover is the smallest on the island, but has a distinct charm of its own. As the road winds along the coastline, there are lovely views of small coves, the calm waters fringed deeply with mangroves on one side. On the other side of the road are hilly pastures, some with Spanish … More Hillside destruction near Green Island, Hanover, Jamaica

International Rural Women’s Day in Cockpit Country (and beyond)

Happy International Rural Women’s Day! This year, the focus is on women farmers. Frequently lauded for their strength, hard work and resilience, they are a solid presence in rural Jamaica – over one third of rural women are farmers. Three years ago, I met a group of them at a Farmer’s School graduation ceremony, and … More International Rural Women’s Day in Cockpit Country (and beyond)

Jamaica’s last remaining mangrove forests: a cycle of destruction and replanting

You may have noticed from previous blog posts that I am a little obsessed with mangroves – and confused, perhaps, by the Jamaican Government’s attitude towards them. It seems to be a love/hate relationship. Most of the love seems to be professions of love rather than actual caring and concern. We celebrate World Wetlands Day … More Jamaica’s last remaining mangrove forests: a cycle of destruction and replanting

Jamaica’s Kids Climate Camp plants seeds of awareness

There is a perception that younger children cannot grasp climate change issues. It’s too complicated. So, at least in Jamaica, education on climate change only begins with high school students, who are studying science (and I am honestly not sure how much the topic is a part of the curriculum). All of this needs to … More Jamaica’s Kids Climate Camp plants seeds of awareness

Help BirdsCaribbean rescue the St. Vincent Parrot

It has all happened so quickly… Quite apart from the humanitarian considerations as the eruptions of La Soufrière, the volcano on the island of St. Vincent continue (approximately twenty per cent of the population has been displaced) – there is the devastating impact on the environment. As noted by Trinidadian journalist Wesley Gibbings in his … More Help BirdsCaribbean rescue the St. Vincent Parrot

Participants in Jamaica Environment Trust’s Schools’ Environment Programme show resilience, overcome challenges

It was my pleasure recently to be invited to join the panel of judges for two environmental competitions for young people. The first was for the Schools’ Environment Programme, which Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has hosted for over twenty years now (since 1997). JET itself is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year. Congratulations to Lauren … More Participants in Jamaica Environment Trust’s Schools’ Environment Programme show resilience, overcome challenges

Two Young Caribbean Environmental Activists Win Regional Award

I seem to be regularly “bigging up” the region’s young environmental activists these days, and with good reason. Dozens of young Ambassadors were busy planting trees (many of them in “real time”) at the launch of the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance’s Caribbean Tree Planting Project youth arm on Sunday. More to follow on this! I also … More Two Young Caribbean Environmental Activists Win Regional Award

Puerto Bueno Mountain: “This Decision Cannot Be Allowed To Stand,” Says JET

I wrote about this yesterday – please take a look for a bit more detail. Meanwhile, Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has just posted the following press release: “This Decision Cannot Be Allowed to Stand,” Says JET The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is disturbed by the decision of the Hon. Minister without Portfolio Leslie Campbell to … More Puerto Bueno Mountain: “This Decision Cannot Be Allowed To Stand,” Says JET

Puerto Bueno Mountain Under Threat: What Happened and Why?

“In keeping with my recent advocacy on national and international platforms, I wish to focus on the fact that our natural heritage, including our biodiversity and ecosystems, are an important part of our material heritage. We readily understand the value of our natural heritage when we are complimented on the beauty of our island, our … More Puerto Bueno Mountain Under Threat: What Happened and Why?

Are We Trying Hard Enough to Preserve Our Mangroves in Jamaica?

Today (July 26) is World Mangrove Day. What does this mean for Jamaica? Regrettably, the average Jamaican might regard mangrove areas as dirty, smelly, somewhat scary places (scary because endangered American Crocodiles live there) – and riddled with mosquitoes. What possible benefits could they bring to the island? Personally, I find wetland areas in Jamaica … More Are We Trying Hard Enough to Preserve Our Mangroves in Jamaica?