Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

It’s International Human Rights Day, and it’s not just a hashtag. A lot has been going through my mind today. These are stormy times, with the wind blowing first one way and then the other. A sudden rogue wave appears and nearly knocks you off your feet. 2021 has been strangely – and perhaps surprisingly … More Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

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

House to house vaccination starts in Jamaica

Our health workers have been putting in the hours. Who can deny this – they have been dedicated, hard-working and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. The United Nations in Jamaica decided to recognize them by encouraging government and private sector buildings to “light up blue” in recognition of the efforts of our … More House to house vaccination starts in Jamaica

Government funding withdrawn from Jamaica Environment Trust’s 24-year-old Schools Environment Programme

The news that landed in my inbox today filled me with mixed emotions (mainly, anger). Despite the enormous success of the programme over the years, the Schools Environment Programme (SEP) has finally had the rug pulled from under it by its main donor, the Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA). The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is … More Government funding withdrawn from Jamaica Environment Trust’s 24-year-old Schools Environment Programme

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

We naa ease up! On violence against women and children.

There is something we call a “nine day wonder” in Jamaica. It may be a common phenomenon elsewhere, too. A controversial and pressing matter arises (often a manifestation of a frequently recurring issue that has never been properly addressed – such as this one) and there is a furore on social media, with traditional media … More We naa ease up! On violence against women and children.

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

Climate change and COVID-19: We humans are not in control, and we know it

“And on the pedestal these words appear: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ Nothing beside remains.  Round the decay Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare The lone and level sands stretch far away.”  ― Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias How arrogant we humans are, in the edifices we … More Climate change and COVID-19: We humans are not in control, and we know it