I have spent some time in the beautiful central parish of Clarendon in the past year. Studies (and recent events) have shown that the area is particularly vulnerable to flooding, prolonged drought, and other impacts of climate change. Prime Minister Andrew Holness pointed out in Parliament in October that Clarendon was responsible for a large … More Fifteen Clarendon Communities Consulted on Risk Profiles and Climate Change Adaptation Plans
Community is still important, even in our confusing old city of Kingston. More important than ever. Kingston Creative is doing it in their own way, downtown, through the arts. Up here in Golden Triangle, we still believe in it, too. We also have many concerns (see this open letter to the Prime Minister, co-signed by … More Putting Community Heads Together in the Golden Triangle
As mentioned in the previous blog post, work goes on, steadily, to understand more about, and find solutions to the many challenges climate change confronts us with. The parish of Clarendon is unusually vulnerable to floods. Disaster risk reduction is high on the list. In recent heavy rains, we saw photos of main roads turned … More More From the Front Lines: Research to Prevent Flooding in the Upper Rio Minho Watershed
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
This letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness from a group of Neighborhood Associations in Kingston (we are residents and members of one) outlines the dilemma of long-established residential areas such as ours. It was published in the Jamaica Observer here. I also wrote about our important community planning meeting last year on my Gleaner blog page. Thanks … More Is This Really “Development”?
In Jamaica, we love our food. Our island cuisine is quite famous (ackee and saltfish, jerk chicken and the like). But…aren’t you a little sick of the plethora of fast food outlets, everywhere you look? There are long lines at drive-ins and certain fast food outlets are bursting with Jamaicans – many of them young … More Food, Health and the City: Caribbean Foodscapes Research Project in Kingston
The world of Twitter is one in which we jump to conclusions, misinterpret each other’s comments (deliberately or otherwise) and indulge in regular fits of outrage. We make mistakes and we irritate each other from time to time. Sometimes we are kind and caring. However, we tend to be judgmental. Well, today I was a … More On Being Judgmental…With the SEP
I did mention to a few online friends that there was some good news contained in Minister Daryl Vaz’s speech at the launch of the Green Expo on May 22 – International Biodiversity Day – which I described in my last post. “Good news?” chorused the cynical Facebookers. “Really? Tell us!” Well yes – I … More Jamaica To Sign Important Regional Agreement on Access to Information and Environmental Justice
Green Expo is returning, after an eight-year hiatus, and we are happy about it. Conceptualized in the early 1990s, the first Green Expo was in 1996. It filled a need to offer practical environmental education for the “man/woman on the street” – including products and services available, as well as technical advice and financial support. … More The Return of Green Expo Jamaica
A tweet dropped into my timeline earlier this week from Prime Minister Andrew Holness. Nothing unusual about that as he, like other government ministers, is a regular tweeter. This one gave me pause, however: Jamaica is open for business. The time is now. I want to thank the Amaterra Group for investing in Jamaica. The … More The Amaterra Development: Is This Sustainable Tourism?