Labour Day in our neighbourhood: Trash, trucks – and teamwork!

I confess that I used to be rather cynical about Labour Day. It seemed like a bit of a PR stunt for political leaders, who pose from various angles while planting a tree, or painting a wall for five minutes. Well, on Monday, May 23 we still had some of that. Both Prime Minister Andrew … More Labour Day in our neighbourhood: Trash, trucks – and teamwork!

Earth Day 2022 postscript: Two priorities for Jamaica and the Planet

Earth Day 2022 just slipped past me, while my back was turned – which is most unfortunate. However, I did contribute to a really nice pictorial article produced by Global Voices’ Caribbean team (headed by my ever-encouraging editor, Janine, in Trinidad). We shared our personal memories and thoughts reflected in the photographs we chose. You … More Earth Day 2022 postscript: Two priorities for Jamaica and the Planet

Jamaica’s rivers and gullies are suffering from abuse

Today is World Rivers Day. It is observed on the fourth Sunday in September every year, I have learned. It was founded by a Canadian, Mark Angelo, a long-time river advocate who spoke at the United Nations in 2005 as part of its Water for Life campaign. Jamaican rivers are very different, of course, from … More Jamaica’s rivers and gullies are suffering from abuse

Dear Jamaicans, are you recycling? Here’s the information you need…

Now, then. It’s still Lent, and that’s a time when I have noticed many Jamaicans make “resolutions” of some sort. It usually has something to do with “giving up” something. Well, perhaps then “giving up throwing plastic bottles out of my car window/into a drain/on the beach/into a gully in the hills somewhere/on the street … More Dear Jamaicans, are you recycling? Here’s the information you need…

International Coastal Clean Up Day Is Still On – With a Difference

Just as I was wondering whether Jamaica’s International Coastal Cleanup Day would be possible this year, the coordinators, Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), informed us that it will take place – keeping COVID-19 protocols strictly in mind. And, as I noted in the previous blog post, technology is playing a part in this time of the pandemic, … More International Coastal Clean Up Day Is Still On – With a Difference

It’s Valentine’s Day and JET Says “Love Where Yu Live”

Jamaicans take Valentine’s Day (and Mother’s Day) very seriously. This weekend, amidst a flurry of other activities, there will be the annual concert in aid of the Gregory Isaacs Foundation, headlined “Red Rose for Gregory.” The late reggae singer (greatly loved and missed by yours truly) battled substance abuse for much of his life. The Foundation … More It’s Valentine’s Day and JET Says “Love Where Yu Live”

Here’s to a Plastic-Free 2020! And Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Has Plans…

Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is a small, hard-working, dedicated team. They don’t spend all their time talking about environmental issues on the radio and television, although advocacy is an important part of their work. They actually work long hours on projects that contribute to the national good and educate the Jamaican people, including our youngest … More Here’s to a Plastic-Free 2020! And Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Has Plans…

Coastal Cleanups Lined Up for Every Major Coastal Town on September 21

I am saving my energy for International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day Jamaica 2019 – this coming Saturday, September 21. I hope you will be participating! Congratulations to the Jamaica Environment Trust for again gathering a huge number of volunteers and registered sites – see the full list in the press release below; and cheers to the awesome … More Coastal Cleanups Lined Up for Every Major Coastal Town on September 21

“Big Up Wi Beach” for International Coastal Cleanup Day

Beaches – and our access to them – are on the agenda again. We heard that Fort Clarence Beach in St. Catherine (a favorite chill spot of ours, back in the day) is to be “taken over” by a private company, who are leasing it from the government agency Urban Development Corporation (UDC), beginning September … More “Big Up Wi Beach” for International Coastal Cleanup Day

Very Mixed and Confused Thoughts on World Oceans Day

It’s a hot, breezy World Oceans Day in Kingston, Jamaica. Down in Lionel Town, Clarendon, the energy-filled Voices for Climate Change are singing their hearts out at a community concert. “Save the world…” is one of their choruses. Irie FM is there. I know the atmosphere will be joyful, the music will be compulsively catchy … More Very Mixed and Confused Thoughts on World Oceans Day