Caribbean birds are in danger, facing a whole range of threats. Mangroves and forests are cleared for tourism developments and housing schemes. Our rivers, wetlands, sea and land are becoming increasingly polluted by agricultural chemicals, mining operations, and waste of all kinds, especially plastics. Invasive species threaten the existence of native and endemic birds. And … More BirdsCaribbean seeks support for Motus, a high-tech bird tracking program
I seem to be regularly “bigging up” the region’s young environmental activists these days, and with good reason. Dozens of young Ambassadors were busy planting trees (many of them in “real time”) at the launch of the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance’s Caribbean Tree Planting Project youth arm on Sunday. More to follow on this! I also … More Two Young Caribbean Environmental Activists Win Regional Award
We crawled up the mountain roads at around ten miles per hour. There was a heavy truck. Then another one. Then, by the side of the road, workers from the Jamaica Public Service Company were waving us on, as they fixed light poles. We realised we were in the aftermath of the heavy rains last … More Connecting to Nature in the Blue Mountains
This is UNESCO’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. But have business interests overseas and in the Caribbean got the memo yet? One wonders. I have more to say on this subject, but firstly… Karetta Crooks Charles, Communications & Advocacy Officer at the Saint Lucia National Trust, shared this press release with me a few days … More A Causeway to Catastrophe in St. Lucia: Native Species Face Extinction if Resort Goes Ahead
At last, I am back with some more stories on environmental and climate change issues. I try to pick those that are relevant to Jamaica and the Caribbean, but some stories are of such extraordinary interest I feel bound to include them. Please click on the links for more information. Please don’t forget also that … More Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sand Mining and Island Invasives: Environment and Climate Change Stories, March 5 2017
Things have quietened down a little in the past few days – or are some issues just simmering under the surface? Time will tell. Anyway, the stress of drought is over and the weather has been close to perfect. Gardens are flourishing and the sunlight is softer. Long may it last. CCJ debate: The Caribbean Court … More A Health Ministry Mystery, Getting the Guns and Kicking Out GBV: Sunday, October 18, 2015
Students! Conservationists! Ornithologists! Teachers! Community Workers! Environmental NGOs! Scientists! And members of the Jamaican public! Are you ready? A few weeks ago, I told you about the upcoming 20th International Meeting of the non-profit organization BirdsCaribbean at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica (July 25 – 29, 2015). The theme is: “Birds: Connecting Communities … More Birds Caribbean International Meeting in Jamaica: Exciting Updates!
When I was living in Japan, many moons ago, I discovered bamboo. On walks in the mountains outside Tokyo, bamboo groves arched across the path, graceful and tall. Then I began to notice how much the Japanese incorporate this tree into many aspects of everyday life. You could buy almost any household item made from … More The Many Uses of Beautiful Bamboo: A New Jamaican Training Program
Something big is flying over to Kingston this summer! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that). BirdsCaribbean’s 20th International Meeting will take place in Kingston (at the Knutsford Court Hotel) from July 25 – 29, 2015, with the theme: “Birds – Connecting Communities and Conservation.” This will be an amazing opportunity for Caribbean and international wildlife professionals, ornithologists, scientists, … More BirdsCaribbean’s 20th International Meeting Is Coming to Kingston in July!