The Virtual Island Summit Will Take You on a Voyage of Discovery

The digital world is a world of nomads. They wander. They explore. They get lost in the sand dunes. They set sail on mysterious waters.  They lose their compass – which direction are they heading in? They set up camp for the night. They light a fire. These nomads might even bump into a few … More The Virtual Island Summit Will Take You on a Voyage of Discovery

The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost

You may have missed this (as I almost did in the horrendous month of January) – but the Forestry Department has been busy. You may recall that last October Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a “Three Million Trees in Three Years” project. The numbers are great, but the devil is in the details. Does the … More The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost

BirdsCaribbean: Rescuing the Region’s Birds

It’s been a busy summer for BirdsCaribbean. It will soon be a year since Hurricanes Irma and Maria roared through, causing terrible damage to several smaller islands. The initial response from BirdsCaribbean was the shipment of thousands of bird feeders and bottles of nectar and tons of bird seed to the islands where birds, bereft of … More BirdsCaribbean: Rescuing the Region’s Birds

Letter to the UN Environment Programme Expresses Concern Over Transfer of Rare Dominican Parrots to Germany

Here’s an update on the petition, which I shared in my last blog post. Eleven conservation organisations have signed an open letter to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Erik Solheim regarding the export of Dominica’s beloved parrots to Germany.  If you have not already signed, please read the statement from BirdsCaribbean … More Letter to the UN Environment Programme Expresses Concern Over Transfer of Rare Dominican Parrots to Germany

Return Endangered Native Parrots from Germany to Dominica! Please Sign the Petition

There has been a worrying development in bird conservation in the Caribbean recently. On March 17, two Sisserou (Imperial Parrots Amazona imperialis) and ten Jaco (Red-necked Parrots Amazona arausiaca) were whisked away from the island of Dominica, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria last year. How, why and where did they go? Well, we … More Return Endangered Native Parrots from Germany to Dominica! Please Sign the Petition

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

Battered Caribbean Islands Come Together to Welcome Birds Back

It has been a struggle for the islands that suffered from Hurricanes Irma and Maria last  year to get back on their feet.  The people, their homes, their villages and their societies were disrupted and in many cases damaged or destroyed. The same of course goes for the environment. Important habitats for birds like the … More Battered Caribbean Islands Come Together to Welcome Birds Back

Young People Are The Present, Not the Future: Youth Climate Change Conference in Jamaica

I have been quite overwhelmed with youth in the past few days, but I am not complaining. Being around young people always makes me feel lighter, more hopeful perhaps. I do get tired of hearing how “the youth of today” are lazy, useless, selfish, etc… I know so many who are quite the reverse. I have heard … More Young People Are The Present, Not the Future: Youth Climate Change Conference in Jamaica

Minister of Foreign Affairs Comments on Our Week of Disasters – and How We Can Help

Here in Jamaica, the sun is shining and a gentle breeze blows. But we cannot say the same thing for many of our Caribbean neighbours, who are struggling to pick up the pieces after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has shared some timely information … More Minister of Foreign Affairs Comments on Our Week of Disasters – and How We Can Help