IDB and IDB Lab’s Silver Economy Innovation for Inclusion Challenge invites grant proposals to benefit seniors

Did you know there is something called the Silver Economy? I love this expression. I hear it is booming in the United States, and why shouldn’t it boom in Jamaica and across the Caribbean? I know on this island we have an aging population – and apparently this also applies to the Latin American/Caribbean region … More IDB and IDB Lab’s Silver Economy Innovation for Inclusion Challenge invites grant proposals to benefit seniors

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

Is This Really “Development”?

This letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness from a group of Neighborhood Associations in Kingston (we are residents and members of one) outlines the dilemma of long-established residential areas such as ours. It was published in the Jamaica Observer here. I also wrote about our important community planning meeting last year on my Gleaner blog page. Thanks … More Is This Really “Development”?

A Vision, and a Plan: Visitors from Medellin Partner with Residents to Help Build a “Liveable Community for All”

The recent tendency to redesign the city of Kingston (especially uptown areas) for automobiles rather than people is a deeply worrying trend. I have written and spoken on this topic many times in the past year or so, as have others. The so-called “Golden Triangle” (actually, Seymour Lands) is my neck of the woods. It … More A Vision, and a Plan: Visitors from Medellin Partner with Residents to Help Build a “Liveable Community for All”

A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26

Today (July 26) is UNESCO’s International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. In other words, it’s World Mangrove Day! UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova notes: Coastal mangroves are among the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Current estimates indicate that up to 67% of mangroves have been lost to date, and nearly all unprotected mangroves … More A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Stands with Foor for the Poor

Last week, Members of Parliament cast aspersions on houses provided to impoverished Jamaicans by the charity Food for the Poor, at a sitting of the Infrastructure and Physical Development Committee, chaired by Mikael Phillips – who has since apologised. Prime Minister Andrew Holness met with Food for the Poor’s Chairman and Deputy Chairman today to try to … More Jamaica AIDS Support for Life Stands with Foor for the Poor

BRACED II: All About Strengthening Homes and Empowering People

The Municipality of Portmore in St. Catherine is the second largest city in Jamaica after Kingston. The dormitory town’s population was officially 182,000 in 2011, but many say it is now closer to 300,000. I’m not sure quite why this figure is in dispute; but I know there are some boundary issues. It’s also the … More BRACED II: All About Strengthening Homes and Empowering People

Jam Habitat’s “BRACED II” To Be Launched on January 16

The Mighty Diamonds’ song “I Need a Roof”  is a roots reggae classic, and certainly one of my all-time favorites. It’s a sweetly plaintive tune. Indeed, what could be more important for a human being than shelter from the fierce sun, uncertain wind and our heavy tropical rains? Well, it’s even more important to build resilience … More Jam Habitat’s “BRACED II” To Be Launched on January 16

Environmental Toxins in Jamaica, Destructive Floods, Hurricanes and Birds: More Environmental Stories, December 13, 2016

Here are some more stories on the environment and climate change, which I hope you will find interesting. Please click on the links for further information, and please share the articles, which I have selected carefully for your interest. Jamaica and the Caribbean: Environmental Toxins Related to Cancer: In a presentation at the Conference on Emerging Issues … More Environmental Toxins in Jamaica, Destructive Floods, Hurricanes and Birds: More Environmental Stories, December 13, 2016