Youth, Action and Climate Change: Exuberant and Sometimes – Not Quite


On Friday, September 20, I was at the studios of Radio Jamaica, talking about this, that and the other – and at the same time, thinking about the vastness of what was happening beyond our island, during the Global Climate Strike. I was thinking about the Save Cockpit Country gathering in Stewart Town, Trelawny. I … More Youth, Action and Climate Change: Exuberant and Sometimes – Not Quite

Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery


Cockpit Country is fragile. It remains under threat from bauxite mining, which is pressing around the edges of the declared Cockpit Country Protected Area. Just a month ago, I noted in my news summary: “I fear that, while the “ground-truthing” of Cockpit Country continues (the measuring, step by step, of the boundaries) there will be … More Cockpit Country Worries: Community Members Voice Ongoing Concerns Over Mining on Periphery

What’s Happening with Noranda Bauxite and Cockpit Country?


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?

International Day of Forests in Jamaica: The Wood and Water Connection


The Taino word for Jamaica, Xaymaca, means “Land of Wood and Water.” The Tainos were describing tall trees, flowing rivers, splashing waterfalls. The two words fit together. Today (March 21) was International Day of Forests; and the theme is Forests and Water: Sustaining Lives and Livelihoods. What could be more important than the forest/water connection? However, the average … More International Day of Forests in Jamaica: The Wood and Water Connection

#HoldTheDebates, Nasty Rumors, The House on the Hill and The GMOY Goes Down a Dangerous Path: Tuesday, February 16, 2016


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

Andrew’s Coercive Forces, Zika Approaches and Don’t Blush, Baby: Friday, January 8, 2016


It’s been such a pleasant week. Half of me wants to get going on things, while the other has a hangover from the holiday and is inclined to laziness. I suspect there are others who are in this bipolar state! However, as expected, things are quickly warming up on the political front. And the weather? We … More Andrew’s Coercive Forces, Zika Approaches and Don’t Blush, Baby: Friday, January 8, 2016

The U.S. Is Exporting Buggery, CHEC is in a Hurry, and We Must Endure: Friday, May 22, 2015


This week has been a hard slog, but out in the yard there are puffs of wind, and the lawn is green after several showers that all city dwellers (except the homeless) welcomed joyfully. So now we need to take a deep breath and enjoy the long weekend; Monday, May 25 is Jamaican Labour Day. … More The U.S. Is Exporting Buggery, CHEC is in a Hurry, and We Must Endure: Friday, May 22, 2015

Journey to the Land of Look Behind: Tonight (May 20, 2015) in Kingston


If you are in Kingston, I am recommending that you go along this evening to III (3 Stanton Terrace, Kingston 6) – a regular “plein air” venue for local, foreign and indie films in the city. The film will start at 7:00 p.m. (come early!) Admission is J$500 and drinks and snacks (including chick pea doubles!) … More Journey to the Land of Look Behind: Tonight (May 20, 2015) in Kingston

Bauxite Mining Begins in Cockpit Country: This Is A Betrayal, Says JET; An Invasion, Says Windsor Research Centre


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