This is not the first time I have pointed to the major threats to Caribbean coastlines (in particular, mangroves, swamp forest and wetlands in general) from developments, largely of the tourism variety: fancy villas, all inclusives, waterparks, spas, golf courses, marinas, cruise ship ports, and more. More often than not they are funded by “overseas … More BirdsCaribbean Deeply Concerned Over Threats to Grenada’s Environment from Three Damaging Developments
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?
You may have missed this (as I almost did in the horrendous month of January) – but the Forestry Department has been busy. You may recall that last October Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a “Three Million Trees in Three Years” project. The numbers are great, but the devil is in the details. Does the … More The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost
Today (February 2) is World Wetlands Day. For Jamaica (and everywhere) this should be an important date on the calendar. It marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. The “official” celebration will be at the Mason River Protected Area in northern Clarendon on Friday, February 7. It is the … More On World Wetlands Day, Let’s Give Our Wetlands More Love
With a whoop and a shout, Deron Douglas leapt onto the stage at the Institute of Jamaica. Before he accepted his prize for Best Overall Film from the head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, he punched the air a few times. As Deron beamed (he couldn’t stop) I could not … More And The Trees Have It: Young Filmmakers Win Big in the EU Short Film Competition
COP 25 is the 25th annual Conference of Parties of the UN Climate Change Conference. It moved from Santiago, Chile to Madrid, because Chileans were rioting in the streets. It began this weekend and will continue until December 13. It is huge, every year. Civil unrest seems to be a feature of international news these … More On COP 25: Actions Speak Louder than Words
I confess that I am still a little hazy about the Prime Minister’s plan, announced with considerable fanfare at the recent Climate Action Summit, to plant three million trees in three years. I would love to have more details. I read this recent column (October 13) by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in the Jamaica Gleaner and still … More We Can Do It: Three Million Trees in Three Years, Says Prime Minister
Following on from my rather gloomy post earlier today, I wanted to highlight all the reasons why we should love trees. Or at least as many as possible – this is not a comprehensive list of reasons. Scientists are always finding out more about these wonderful, living organisms (do we sometimes forget they are alive?) … More Why We Need to Love Trees
Happy National Tree Planting Day! Many years ago, we moved into our house in what was then a relatively green, leafy area of uptown Kingston. Charles, who used to clean up our yard, insisted that we should cut down every single tree and bush. Otherwise, thieves and murderers would find places to hide behind them, … More What Is It About Trees That Jamaicans Don’t Like?
In her testimony to the U.S. Congress last week, climate change activist Greta Thunberg had a simple message: Listen to the scientists. In certain circles, in Jamaica and elsewhere, some would rather close their ears, because of the inconvenience. “I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists,” … More Captive Dolphin Facilities: Why Not Listen to the Scientists