World Environment Day: Cockpit Country, Air Pollution… and Solutions?


Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 5) is the United Nations’ World Environment Day. This year’s venue is China, where the theme will be Air Pollution (see below) and if you click on that link above you can learn more from the UN. Some people say there are too many of these “special days” but I don’t have a … More World Environment Day: Cockpit Country, Air Pollution… and Solutions?

International Women’s Day 2018 in Jamaica: Time Is Now


Thursday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, 2018. The theme is a great one: Time Is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives. I am going to celebrate some Jamaican women here now, a little ahead of time. There are many more whom I admire. These are just a few… I am just using a … More International Women’s Day 2018 in Jamaica: Time Is Now

Pink Lemonade, a Yellow Fascinator… and Grabbing Those Lemons


If I was superstitious, I would say something was up. A few hours before the launch of Damien Williams’ Grab You Some Lemons at the Jamaica Theological Seminary on March 3, there was an earth tremor that swayed us from side to side (about 4 on the Richter Scale, I believe). As I arrived at the launch, … More Pink Lemonade, a Yellow Fascinator… and Grabbing Those Lemons

Mother Beats Daughter: The Wicked Woman We Love to Hate, by Damien Williams


Here is another response by community development practitioner and blogger Damien Williams to the video of a woman beating her child in rural Bath, St. Thomas (this happened some time last year). The woman, Doreen Dyer, was held in custody for two nights and charged with cruelty to a child. She has been granted bail … More Mother Beats Daughter: The Wicked Woman We Love to Hate, by Damien Williams

Artistic Boys Win in JamHabitat’s WASH Poster Competition


Earlier this year, I told you about BRACED II, a USAID-funded program that is so much more than a “housing project,” but a much wider and all-encompassing one that has a strong philosophy behind it. What is that philosophy? Well, for me it seems to be a determined effort to work within communities – unplanned and unregulated, … More Artistic Boys Win in JamHabitat’s WASH Poster Competition

BRACED II: All About Strengthening Homes and Empowering People


The Municipality of Portmore in St. Catherine is the second largest city in Jamaica after Kingston. The dormitory town’s population was officially 182,000 in 2011, but many say it is now closer to 300,000. I’m not sure quite why this figure is in dispute; but I know there are some boundary issues. It’s also the … More BRACED II: All About Strengthening Homes and Empowering People

Jam Habitat’s “BRACED II” To Be Launched on January 16


The Mighty Diamonds’ song “I Need a Roof”  is a roots reggae classic, and certainly one of my all-time favorites. It’s a sweetly plaintive tune. Indeed, what could be more important for a human being than shelter from the fierce sun, uncertain wind and our heavy tropical rains? Well, it’s even more important to build resilience … More Jam Habitat’s “BRACED II” To Be Launched on January 16

Climate Change in the Caribbean: Talking, Planning and What NOT to Be Doing After the Paris Agreement


Earth Day came and went very quickly. A tremendous crowd of political leaders signed the Paris Agreement, and some fifteen countries (including five Caribbean islands) have already ratified it. I understand Jamaica will be ratifying the Agreement very soon. Some cynics have observed: “Oh, Jamaica is signing yet another international agreement! What difference does it make?” or words to … More Climate Change in the Caribbean: Talking, Planning and What NOT to Be Doing After the Paris Agreement