The long-awaited public consultations on the Special Mining Lease 173 in Cockpit Country, held virtually on December 8, have been called many things over the past couple of weeks: Jamaica Environment Trust described the proceedings as a “sham.” I would say it made a mockery of what should have been a proper airing of the … More A Town Hall Meeting on Mining in the Cockpit Country: Let’s Have a Real Discussion Because It’s Not Over
This press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group is not just about environmental issues. It is about transparency, proper consultation, and democracy. As we in Jamaica are living under restrictions during the COVID-19 era – notably, the limitations on gatherings – we cannot possibly attend in-person consultations (which have often lasted for hours in … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits
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?
Save Cockpit Country! Stewart Town Square in Trelawny will be the focus of a programme of education, entertainment and empowerment on Cockpit Country, on Friday, September 20 from 10:00 a.m. Irie FM will be conducting an outside broadcast from 6:00 a.m. (yes, early) to 2:00 p.m. It coincides with the September 20 Global Climate Strike. There is … More Save Cockpit Country Day is September 20 in Stewart Town, Trelawny
The issues and queries surrounding the Cockpit Country are so complex and numerous that I will definitely be writing about it again very soon. There are many aspects to it. It’s true to say, though, that overall concerns are growing, and residents are growing increasingly anxious, about the impact of bauxite mining on their health … More Worrying News from Cockpit Country: JET Says Bauxite Mining Remains a Threat
On Wednesday, July 6 the Windsor Research Centre, situated just on the edge of Cockpit Country, issued a press release regarding the current state of Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partnership Limited, whose past (and quite recent) activities have negatively impacted residents of the area.The release by Mike Schwartz – a fierce advocate for the people and … More What’s Happening with Noranda Bauxite and Cockpit Country?
A grey cloud has descended over much of Jamaica. Literally, that is, although in some respects the cloud is a bit more than a weather phenomenon. Everything seems to be a bit of a struggle. Where are we heading? Jamaicans seem uncertain and not entirely hopeful. Or maybe that’s my mood. There is no doubt, … More #HoldTheDebates, Nasty Rumors, The House on the Hill and The GMOY Goes Down a Dangerous Path: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Since I last posted one of my commentaries, the election date has been announced (February 25). Today was Nomination Day, with the accompanying rowdiness. I am not at all impressed with some aspects of the campaign, now in full swing. It seems the usual indiscipline rules, despite all the pronouncements of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and … More #JaVotes2016 and Other Hashtags, SSP McGregor’s Broad Shoulders and ZikV Update Needed: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
In case you were going to ask, the answer is yes. Cockpit Country is still very much under threat from bauxite mining. Several weeks ago now, I found myself at a press briefing/meeting that was extraordinary in many ways. A large delegation of some sixty residents of the Cockpit Country had come to the city. … More Cockpit Country: “We Must Fight For It With Every Breath”
Originally posted on Zadien's Blog:
By Zadie Neufville The following article was first publishd by InterPress Service on June 4, 2015 For Jamaica, planting more trees as a way to build resilience is one of the highest priorities of the government’s climate change action plan. So when Cockpit Country residents woke up to bulldozers…