Around 50 or so children and accompanying grownups descended on the Chinese Garden at Hope Gardens on May 27, an excursion organised by BirdLife Jamaica. It was a “first” for the group. The kids learned a lot from group leaders, got away from their tablets and phones, enjoyed Nature, the birds, the binoculars, and made new friends. … More Children and birds – a happy combination in Jamaica’s Hope Botanical Gardens
The Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Earth Day beach cleanup organised by the Jamaica Environment Trust was unsurprisingly dominated by single-use plastics. Much more public education is needed – and I look forward to the widening of the “plastic ban” recently announced. … More Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica beach cleanup was successful but points to the need for greater public education
Jamaica Environment Trust responds to the Jamaican Government’s remarks on deep sea mining negotiations. JET and collaborators want the Government to go further and call for a moratorium on this proposed new extractive industry. … More Civil society groups urge Jamaican Government to join the call for a moratorium on deep sea mining
Solid waste management remains a nightmare for many of us across the island. We are battling a rising tide of trash – mostly plastics. This is happening in our neighbourhood, and many others. While birdwatching recently we saw a Brown Pelican with a large plastic bag hanging round his neck. On a Sunday afternoon tour … More Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica invites you to clean up your community! Apply today!
There is something called “environmental justice.” It’s not just another clever catch phrase. It is a real, and growing concern. When this release from Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) landed in my inbox recently, I saw this as a classic example of the struggle that citizens worldwide are engaged in for their environmental rights. And a … More Is this justice for the citizens of Rio Cobre?
I rarely “copy and paste” editorials or articles in our local newspapers, if at all. However, I see this Sunday Gleaner editorial, published on January 1, as related to a recent post – where I pointed out that, as it appears, the Jamaican Government has not yet responded to Resolution 65/22 of the Inter American … More Has the Jamaican Government responded to the IACHR regarding human rights of citizens near bauxite mines?
As the year draws to a close, there are more issues hanging in the balance. I sometimes feel the future of the Planet, including our small, sometimes green, rocky island, is in the balance, too. As the delegates to COP15 – the critical UN conference on biodiversity – pack up their laptops, check out of … More On the Rio Cobre, Cockpit Country, and their Jamaican people
The saga of the Rio Cobre, one of our island’s major rivers, is a long and sad one. Neither this beautiful river, nor those who depend on it for their food, their livelihoods and their families, deserve the poor treatment they have received over the years. The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) and other groups have … More Jamaica’s Rio Cobre continues to suffer, and so do those depending on it
The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has registered 200 locations for 193 groups around the island for International Coastal Cleanup Day 2022, which will return on Saturday, September 17 to Jamaica. The annual event is hosted and coordinated nationally by JET, with support from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), the Ocean Conservancy, TeamSeas, and Nestle Jamaica … More Cleaning up the coast…for the birds
There are a few rather important dates in the summer calendar to keep in mind related to climate change, extractive industries, and more. This week, Greenpeace USA will hold a hybrid press briefing in Kingston (Thursday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the AC Marriott Hotel) as the International Seabed Authority (ISA) reaches a critical … More Some events to look out for on climate justice, the environment, and the Caribbean