Well. Last night there was an almost audible sigh of relief across our island, when the final count for the last constituency was completed and the Jamaica Labour Party was confirmed as winners of the general elections – with the slimmest possible minority. Many column inches and much airspace is now being used with recommendations, suggestions, … More Environmental Sector Suggests Priority Areas for Incoming Prime Minister
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?
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
There has been much discussion on the topic of the sand that has been removed from Negril and carted off to St. Ann in large trucks. Videos of the trucks lining up to collect the sand, and photographs of huge piles of the sand, have been posted on social media. Yesterday, CEO of Jamaica Environment … More Diana McCaulay: Why Moving Sand From Negril Matters
It’s not rocket science. There is something that our government bureaucrats, so-called developers and overseas investors don’t seem to be getting. They don’t seem to understand what COP21 – last December’s Conference on Climate Change – was about. It was not just a junket, a nice trip to Paris. Despite all the evidence, they don’t seem … More Our Threatened Beaches and New Mega-Hotels: Negril Chamber of Commerce, JET Very Concerned at Sand Mining
Great news on the environmental front is a little hard to come by, these days. But this is a terrific success story and an example of a fruitful and effective partnership between the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) and local citizens. Congratulations to all those involved in this long and hard process; and since maintenance is … More Harbour View Finally Gets State-of-the-art Sewage Treatment Plant
Due to our family visitor duties (albeit very pleasant duties) I have missed several events. Here is one important one. Over the years, the Jamaica Environment Trust has persevered with its programs that seek to educate our children on a range of environmental issues. It is interesting that the rural schools have done particularly well … More Our Youth Must Be “The Next Voice for the Environment”: JET’s Schools’ Environment Programme
This is very disturbing news. Back in August 2014, a large group of concerned citizens met in Elderslie, St. Elizabeth and unanimously opposed bauxite mining in the Cockpit Country. There have been public consultations (I attended one about two years ago in Kingston), but still no decision on the issue of the boundaries of Cockpit Country. … More Bauxite Mining Begins in Cockpit Country: This Is A Betrayal, Says JET; An Invasion, Says Windsor Research Centre
I asked myself this question as I read environmental activist Diana McCaulay’s letter to the Gleaner this morning. I thought I would share it with you, so that you can see how very far the (once) beautiful tourist resort of Negril is from the concept of sustainable development. If you know anything about the sad … More Is Sustainable Development Even Possible in Negril?
The Access Initiative (TAI) is a global coalition of civil society groups working to promote better access to information, participation, and justice in national‐level decisions that affect the environment in over 50 countries. Toward this end, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) convened TAI for Jamaica in 2013. TAI Jamaica has produced a detailed report assessing … More The Access Initiative: Focus on the Palisadoes Highway Development