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

Canada Announces Major Funding for Reconstruction and Climate Resilience in the Caribbean Region


CARICOM is a 15 member body. It also has five associate states and eight observer states. Of the 15 states, two were significantly affected by the recent hurricanes (Antigua/Barbuda, and Dominica). Three Associate Members were impacted (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands). I assume that it is primarily the first-named countries … More Canada Announces Major Funding for Reconstruction and Climate Resilience in the Caribbean Region

Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)


There is a lot going on at this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23) in Bonn. Since there is a major focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with the Pacific island of Fiji as this year’s host, it is understandable that Caribbean delegates are working especially hard.  An hour or so ago, the … More Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)

Kids no Longer to be Sent Home from School Because of Lack of Water, Thanks to Climate Change Grants


Climate change has all kinds of impacts on people’s lives that may not be obvious – but they are there. They may be small things – but they are important to Jamaicans’ lifestyle, healthy living, and productivity too.  I recently visited Mount Airy Primary and Infant School in Clarendon with a team from the Environmental … More Kids no Longer to be Sent Home from School Because of Lack of Water, Thanks to Climate Change Grants

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

From Public Opinion Online: Change Bigger Than Trump, by Indi McLymont Lafayette


Here is another article by a 51% Coalition member, Indi McLymont Lafayette. Indi is a consultant and a climate change/environmental advocate.  You can read the article here on the new Public Opinion online news website. On March 28 President Donald Trump passed an Executive Order rescinding several of his predecessor’s climate change policies and legislation. It … More From Public Opinion Online: Change Bigger Than Trump, by Indi McLymont Lafayette

Artistic Boys Win in JamHabitat’s WASH Poster Competition


Earlier this year, I told you about BRACED II, a USAID-funded program that is so much more than a “housing project,” but a much wider and all-encompassing one that has a strong philosophy behind it. What is that philosophy? Well, for me it seems to be a determined effort to work within communities – unplanned and unregulated, … More Artistic Boys Win in JamHabitat’s WASH Poster Competition

Free Ebook Shares Stories of Caribbean Waterbirds


Here’s a vibrant new online publication from BirdsCaribbean! Great weekend reading. Do enjoy, and share the link widely. And don’t forget… World Wetlands Day is coming up soon (February 2)… January 13, 2017—From our coastlines and mangroves, to ponds, lakes and rivers, waterbirds are an ever-present part of Caribbean landscapes. They include our majestic seabirds, … More Free Ebook Shares Stories of Caribbean Waterbirds

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

World Habitat Day 2016: A Blog Post by Wayne Campbell


Today, as we await the passing of Hurricane Matthew – now turning towards Haiti – it is perhaps appropriate that today is World Habitat Day. Last night on the television news, I saw some residents of Golden Grove, St. Thomas, overjoyed and jingling front door keys as they packed all their possessions into vans and pickups … More World Habitat Day 2016: A Blog Post by Wayne Campbell