Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?


This is an extremely disturbing turn of events. Duncans Bay has a beautiful beach that also has great environmental value. How can the Jamaican Government support climate change adaptation (and it has expressed concern several times over the impact on our coastlines) – while at the same time allowing the removal of sand from the coast? … More Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?

Negril Chamber of Commerce Is “Appalled”; NRCA Chairman Concedes “Bungling”; and Is Jamaica For Sale?


The Negril Chamber of Commerce (NCC) issued a short press release today, expressing its shock at Monday night’s withdrawal of the Minister of Environment’s stop order for the removal of sand from a property in Negril to a new hotel development in St. Ann. Executive Director of Jamaica Environment Trust Diana McCaulay observed that Minister … More Negril Chamber of Commerce Is “Appalled”; NRCA Chairman Concedes “Bungling”; and Is Jamaica For Sale?

Surprise, Surprise: Environment Minister Withdraws Stop Order on the Removal of Sand From Negril


I am quickly copying this from the “Gleaner” newspaper. You may find the article at http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160125/govt-lifts-order-barring-sand-removal-negril-property  So now we know. The “economy” (that is, foreign investment) “outweighs all other consideration” and is clearly far more important than the environment… says the Environment Minister. And “the material belongs to the developer.” Interesting that our own beaches – our … More Surprise, Surprise: Environment Minister Withdraws Stop Order on the Removal of Sand From Negril

Shifting Sands: An Update on Sand Mining in Negril


Here’s a follow-up on the difficult and confusing situation that unfolded this week regarding the removal of sand from Rutland Point in Negril. 60,000 cubic metres of sand, to be precise, to be used at a mega-development in Llandovery, St. Ann. The clay and peat that covered it was reportedly “dumped.” Isn’t it amazing how careless … More Shifting Sands: An Update on Sand Mining in Negril

The Caribbean at #COP21: A Few Gleanings from the Frontlines and At Home


The UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, France is well under way now, and I have been picking up numerous articles that are of interest and relevant to the Caribbean on social media. It’s a little difficult to sort out – and almost impossible to know what is happening in terms of the day-to-day … More The Caribbean at #COP21: A Few Gleanings from the Frontlines and At Home

The Caribbean Campaign on Climate Justice Kicks Off


“1.5 to stay alive.” What’s that? By the end of a recent journalists’ training workshop in Kingston, we were all muttering this slogan to ourselves as we left the Liguanea Club. The workshop, sponsored by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, the United Nations Development Program and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, was … More The Caribbean Campaign on Climate Justice Kicks Off

Walking for Climate Change in Jamaica: October 24, Emancipation Park


It’s a cliché, I know, but we need to remind ourselves, yet again: Climate change is here, and now. What more proof do we need than the second long, arduous summer of drought here in Jamaica: fields full of crops, shriveled and dying, and the tap making that dry, rasping sound when no water is … More Walking for Climate Change in Jamaica: October 24, Emancipation Park

The Destruction of Paradise is Ongoing


On September 1, 2014 I wrote a blog post entitled: “The Systematic Dismantling of Paradise: A Preliminary Checklist.”  Well, here is an update. Six months later, the dismantling continues, unabated. If anything, it has accelerated. Let’s start in Central America, shall we? In Nicaragua, the Hong Kong-based HKND Group (reportedly backed by the Chinese Government) … More The Destruction of Paradise is Ongoing