The Climate Innovation Challenge: an Opportunity for Green Entrepreneurs NOW


I am putting this out there because the deadline for this amazing opportunity launched by the Jamaica National (JN) Foundation is this coming Sunday, October 11, 2020. Yes, you’ve got three days. “Climate change is impacting our region now,” says climate change consultant Asia Williams. Temperatures are rising on land and sea; sea levels are … More The Climate Innovation Challenge: an Opportunity for Green Entrepreneurs NOW

Losing Our Fellow Creatures: UN Environment Programme Launches International Poster Biennial on Biodiversity


I feel that the issue of our loss of biodiversity – the millions of species of animals, birds, plants, insects that we have the honor of sharing this Planet with – has been somewhat sidelined in the discussions on climate change.  And yet – news stories appear almost daily that fill my heart with deep sadness. … More Losing Our Fellow Creatures: UN Environment Programme Launches International Poster Biennial on Biodiversity

B-H Paints Advocates Environmental Protection Through Coatings Technology


I recently wrote that the Jamaican private sector will have to step up in a big way and play its part in the Green Economy – sooner rather than later. Climate change, energy conservation/renewables, and environmentally sound practices in waste disposal etc. must be first and foremost in their minds. However, certain companies seem quite … More B-H Paints Advocates Environmental Protection Through Coatings Technology

Jamaica to Support Global Efforts at Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Kenya


Yes, the Blue Economy is here! Or is it? At least there are conferences being held about it. Just a few years back, we were talking about the Green Economy, it seems. There was even a Green Economy Scoping Study done for Jamaica (I wonder how that is working out). Now, we have moved, rather … More Jamaica to Support Global Efforts at Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Kenya

Reshuffling, Rousing Up and Reading Reports: Jamaica on April 2, 2018


It’s April 1, and I got fooled by one or two tweets today! Also, of course for those who celebrate it, it’s Easter Day. Large quantities of bun and cheese are being eaten, as I write. I am trying to catch up a little on the news, so here goes… Caribbean: Haitian photo-journalist Vladimir Legagneur disappeared on March … More Reshuffling, Rousing Up and Reading Reports: Jamaica on April 2, 2018

“The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop


Do you know about Build Better Jamaica? Do you know about the Net Zero Energy Building Project? If not, why not?  On March 23 I attended an Energy Policy Workshop organised by this pioneering project of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute for Sustainable Development. The workshop was supported by the United Nations Environment … More “The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop

#5in4: The Economic Growth Council Looking “Cool”


Five per cent annual GDP growth in four years. That’s what #5in4 means. Doable? Well, let’s see now… The Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston was my favorite cinema before it closed a few years back; it had cozy comfortable seats but not many filmgoers. This evening it was the venue for a special event organized … More #5in4: The Economic Growth Council Looking “Cool”

A Historic Day: Paris Agreement on Climate Change Comes Into Force


Today is a day of great moment for Planet Earth. The Paris Agreement, signed by 175 countries in New York last Earth Day, April 22, is now in force. This is unexpectedly early, and just ahead of this year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. How did this happen? Well, the number of countries … More A Historic Day: Paris Agreement on Climate Change Comes Into Force

The Blue Economy: New World Bank Report Identifies Key Opportunities to Boost Growth in the Caribbean Sea while Preserving its Ecosystem


This morning I attended a media call-in with Pawan Patil and Sophie Sirtaine at the World Bank’s Head Office in Washington, DC. as they launched their new report on prospects for a “Blue Economy” for the Caribbean. Thanks to Gerry McDaniel at World Bank’s Jamaica Office for facilitating this. The link to the report (overview … More The Blue Economy: New World Bank Report Identifies Key Opportunities to Boost Growth in the Caribbean Sea while Preserving its Ecosystem