I made my way to the back of the ever-expanding University of Technology (UTech) campus recently. Many thanks to the student who set me on the right path – I was truly lost. There was a row of brand new lecture halls. I was heading for a public forum organized by the UTech branch of … More Green Thoughts: The Coming Plastics Ban
Cockpit Country is fragile. It remains under threat from bauxite mining, which is pressing around the edges of the declared Cockpit Country Protected Area. Just a month ago, I noted in my news summary: “I fear that, while the “ground-truthing” of Cockpit Country continues (the measuring, step by step, of the boundaries) there will be … More Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery
It’s the height of hurricane season right now, and we are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Isaac, which reached the eastern Caribbean today. I just heard that it will not affect Jamaica before late Saturday or early Sunday and that it may be weaker by that time. The center of the storm is likely to … More Special Announcement re: International Coastal Cleanup Day in Jamaica, September 15
Here’s an update on International Coastal Cleanup Day 2018. This year the flagship cleanup in Kingston will be at the Go Kart Track on Palisadoes (turn right just before you reach Norman Manley International Airport). Teams wishing to volunteer at any of the sites must register online by 12:00 noon on September 6! Here is the … More 168 Sites Registered for International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018!
The fire is not yet out, and many Kingston residents continue to suffer tonight. Firefighters continue to work on subduing and containing the fire, which is now in its third day. WMW Jamaica (formerly Women’s Media Watch, and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) has written a letter to the Editor regarding the health impacts of … More A Letter to the Editor from WMW Jamaica on the Riverton Dump Fire
See you on International Coastal Cleanup Day, September 15! Here’s a press release from Jamaica Environment Trust. July 31, 2018 On Monday, July 30, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) kicked off its 2018 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day activities with a beach cleanup on the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston. In a little over one hour … More JET Launches International Coastal Cleanup Day, September 15 2018…with a Beach Cleanup
Earlier today, I was talking to a friend about outstanding concerns relating to the Cockpit Country boundaries. By the time I got home, coincidentally, the following press release from Jamaica Environment Trust had landed in my inbox. It’s very important to have this direct feedback from the communities affected, and this detailed response shows that … More Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area