ICYMI in Jamaica, January 19, 2021: The “Gang-Related” Edition


It’s been one of those weeks that makes you weary. But, we toil on. The New Year (which we welcomed in rather muted fashion) already seems old. However, we were described by one overseas media house as a “gutsy” island. Sometimes one just feels tired. Perhaps it’s the humid, not-quite-ready-to-rain weather in Kingston. Nevertheless, let … More ICYMI in Jamaica, January 19, 2021: The “Gang-Related” Edition

JET Presents “Red Dirt: A Multidisciplinary Review of the Bauxite-Alumina Industry in Jamaica”


The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) will hold a virtual public forum to present the findings of RED DIRT: A Multidisciplinary Review of the Bauxite-Alumina industry in Jamaica. The study was conducted by eight experts in their respective fields and covers an in depth look at the costs and benefits of this important industry. The forum is … More JET Presents “Red Dirt: A Multidisciplinary Review of the Bauxite-Alumina Industry in Jamaica”

A Town Hall Meeting on Mining in the Cockpit Country: Let’s Have a Real Discussion Because It’s Not Over


The long-awaited public consultations on the Special Mining Lease 173 in Cockpit Country, held virtually on December 8, have been called many things over the past couple of weeks: Jamaica Environment Trust described the proceedings as a “sham.” I would say it made a mockery of what should have been a proper airing of the … More A Town Hall Meeting on Mining in the Cockpit Country: Let’s Have a Real Discussion Because It’s Not Over

Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report 2020 was just launched globally at lunchtime today (December 15). It is headlined “The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene.” Unfortunately there were technical problems, so we were unable to watch a live stream. The UNDP notes: An experimental global index offers a new measurement … More Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP

Puerto Bueno Mountain: “This Decision Cannot Be Allowed To Stand,” Says JET


I wrote about this yesterday – please take a look for a bit more detail. Meanwhile, Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has just posted the following press release: “This Decision Cannot Be Allowed to Stand,” Says JET The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is disturbed by the decision of the Hon. Minister without Portfolio Leslie Campbell to … More Puerto Bueno Mountain: “This Decision Cannot Be Allowed To Stand,” Says JET

Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits


This press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group is not just about environmental issues. It is about transparency, proper consultation, and democracy. As we in Jamaica are living under restrictions during the COVID-19 era – notably, the limitations on gatherings – we cannot possibly attend in-person consultations (which have often lasted for hours in … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

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

Are We Trying Hard Enough to Preserve Our Mangroves in Jamaica?


Today (July 26) is World Mangrove Day. What does this mean for Jamaica? Regrettably, the average Jamaican might regard mangrove areas as dirty, smelly, somewhat scary places (scary because endangered American Crocodiles live there) – and riddled with mosquitoes. What possible benefits could they bring to the island? Personally, I find wetland areas in Jamaica … More Are We Trying Hard Enough to Preserve Our Mangroves in Jamaica?

Endangered Species Day: Jamaica’s Sea Turtles Are Living on the Edge


There was a painful, sad post on social media this morning: the Bluefields Bay Fishermen’s Friendly Society needs help to save and protect our Sea Turtles. On May 8 and 14, 2020 two females were killed and all the body parts stolen. “Our Game Wardens are ready and able but are in need of your financial support … More Endangered Species Day: Jamaica’s Sea Turtles Are Living on the Edge