ICYMI in Jamaica, September 1, 2020: The COVID Elections – It Is What It Is


I wish I could say that it has been an easy-going, free-flowing week. But far from it. There have been challenges, and there are challenges ahead. Everything has been revolving around politics, the debates, while COVID-19 has kept us all in a state of confusion. Yes, I think confusion is the word; every evening, when … More ICYMI in Jamaica, September 1, 2020: The COVID Elections – It Is What It Is

International Coastal Clean Up Day Is Still On – With a Difference


Just as I was wondering whether Jamaica’s International Coastal Cleanup Day would be possible this year, the coordinators, Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), informed us that it will take place – keeping COVID-19 protocols strictly in mind. And, as I noted in the previous blog post, technology is playing a part in this time of the pandemic, … More International Coastal Clean Up Day Is Still On – With a Difference

Plastic Bottles Aplenty, but JET is Disappointed at Delay in Deposit Refund Scheme


“Plastic bans” are clearly not a quick or simple fix for our island’s overwhelming garbage problem. It only sounds simple (to the know-alls on social media, for example). There are obstacles to overcome. We know that plastic bottles are the most ubiquitous item, but we are not ready yet, it seems, to take them on. … More Plastic Bottles Aplenty, but JET is Disappointed at Delay in Deposit Refund Scheme

Coastal Cleanups Lined Up for Every Major Coastal Town on September 21


I am saving my energy for International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day Jamaica 2019 – this coming Saturday, September 21. I hope you will be participating! Congratulations to the Jamaica Environment Trust for again gathering a huge number of volunteers and registered sites – see the full list in the press release below; and cheers to the awesome … More Coastal Cleanups Lined Up for Every Major Coastal Town on September 21

“Big Up Wi Beach” for International Coastal Cleanup Day


Beaches – and our access to them – are on the agenda again. We heard that Fort Clarence Beach in St. Catherine (a favorite chill spot of ours, back in the day) is to be “taken over” by a private company, who are leasing it from the government agency Urban Development Corporation (UDC), beginning September … More “Big Up Wi Beach” for International Coastal Cleanup Day

Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Expands Its Cleanup Network in 2019


During two recent workshops with community activists (and musicians) conducted by Panos Caribbean, the issue of solid waste management – the garbage that clogs our roads, drains, gullies, rivers – and almost every scrap of empty land has been consistently raised. Although the workshops are focusing on climate change, the issue comes up repeatedly (along … More Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Expands Its Cleanup Network in 2019

JET Releases Results of International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018: A Quarter of a Million Plastic Bottles Collected!


At the risk of boring my readers, may I remind you that I am still in recovery mode – struggling up the hill towards the complete fitness of my right wrist. It seems a little like Sisyphus at times (you know, the guy who keeps rolling the rock uphill only to have it slip down again) … More JET Releases Results of International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018: A Quarter of a Million Plastic Bottles Collected!

Toxic Masculinity, Cockpit Country Nerves and Devil in the Details: Jamaica on Sunday, September 30, 2018


The “remnants” of a storm named Isaac descended on us, and now we have the remnants of Kirk. The rain is welcome! At the same time, we had an earthquake, widely felt in Kingston. And I am very, very late with this post – again! Forgive me but I have been intensely busy. Is tomorrow … More Toxic Masculinity, Cockpit Country Nerves and Devil in the Details: Jamaica on Sunday, September 30, 2018

JET Responds to Today’s Government Announcement on Plastic and Styrofoam Bans


Great news on a Monday morning! I don’t know how many times I have written, blogged and spoken about the need for ACTION on plastics. Several Caribbean countries have now announced measures to curb this curse. This morning – in the aftermath of the International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 15, which again saw a huge … More JET Responds to Today’s Government Announcement on Plastic and Styrofoam Bans