Designing a Water Fund for Kingston: Going Back to the Source

Jamaica – and in particular the densely populated capital city, Kingston – is suffering from a chronic water shortage. When it’s fairly rainy, the general public doesn’t even give the general issue a moment’s thought – although there are many communities, especially in rural areas, where water is by no means easily accessible. In times … More Designing a Water Fund for Kingston: Going Back to the Source

Minister Daryl Vaz’s Remarks at the Pre-COP 25 Meeting and Launch of Jamaica’s Green Climate Fund Country Programme

On October 23, I joined the annual meeting organized by the Climate Change Division ahead of the upcoming UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP 25) in Santiago, Chile. Our meeting was titled: Climate Action: The 2020 Agenda. We met at the very cool new AC Marriott Hotel in Kingston. It was very well attended by … More Minister Daryl Vaz’s Remarks at the Pre-COP 25 Meeting and Launch of Jamaica’s Green Climate Fund Country Programme

Earth Day 2019 in Jamaica: JET Refocuses on Cockpit Country in PSA

Earth Day (April 22) is fast approaching, and Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has produced two out of three parts of a special PSA to remind us that we need to remain vigilant to ensure that our precious Cockpit Country remains fully protected. Please watch and share these PSAs on YouTube and your social media. P.S. … More Earth Day 2019 in Jamaica: JET Refocuses on Cockpit Country in PSA

A Letter to the Editor from WMW Jamaica on the Riverton Dump Fire

The fire is not yet out, and many Kingston residents continue to suffer tonight. Firefighters continue to work on subduing and containing the fire, which is now in its third day. WMW Jamaica (formerly Women’s Media Watch, and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) has written a letter to the Editor regarding the health impacts of … More A Letter to the Editor from WMW Jamaica on the Riverton Dump Fire

Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area

Earlier today, I was talking to a friend about outstanding concerns relating to the Cockpit Country boundaries. By the time I got home, coincidentally, the following press release from Jamaica Environment Trust had landed in my inbox. It’s very important to have this direct feedback from the communities affected, and this detailed response shows that … More Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area

Why Jamaica Should Say NO to Coal: Lessons To Be Learned From Elsewhere

Jamaica, please say NO to coal. And please sign the Jamaica Environment Trust’s petition: https://www.change.org/p/government-of-jamaica-say-no-to-coal-ja-c5f91528-4c3c-42f5-83db-17c568975e83 When environmental professionals and advocates express their concerns, there is always a suggestion that one should not become “emotional” over  environmental issues. One should be coolly objective. Fine, but for my part I see nothing wrong with a little emotion, unless … More Why Jamaica Should Say NO to Coal: Lessons To Be Learned From Elsewhere

Tivoli Gardens Report, Homophobic Unpleasantness and UWI Drills Wells: Jamaica on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Well, the week’s not over yet, and it has been pretty intense. News arriving daily, at home and from abroad, has made us sit up and say “What?…Oh, no!” The rain has gone and summer is settling in. I am huddling over the fan. If air conditioning were to fall down from the sky, it … More Tivoli Gardens Report, Homophobic Unpleasantness and UWI Drills Wells: Jamaica on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Walking for Climate Change in Jamaica: October 24, Emancipation Park

It’s a cliché, I know, but we need to remind ourselves, yet again: Climate change is here, and now. What more proof do we need than the second long, arduous summer of drought here in Jamaica: fields full of crops, shriveled and dying, and the tap making that dry, rasping sound when no water is … More Walking for Climate Change in Jamaica: October 24, Emancipation Park