Earth Day 2022 just slipped past me, while my back was turned – which is most unfortunate. However, I did contribute to a really nice pictorial article produced by Global Voices’ Caribbean team (headed by my ever-encouraging editor, Janine, in Trinidad). We shared our personal memories and thoughts reflected in the photographs we chose. You … More Earth Day 2022 postscript: Two priorities for Jamaica and the Planet
It’s Plastic Free July. This is a global initiative founded by the Plastic Free Foundation back in 2011, to rid the world of plastic waste. In our own lives, we are trying to reduce the amount of plastic we use. You know, the old “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mantra. This is hard. We have taken some … More Plastic Free July and the importance of recycling in Jamaica
Plastic Free July is not just another hashtag gimmick. If you are on social media you can look up #PlasticFreeJuly, tap into lots of information – and most importantly, get involved. We can start by tuning in to ECCO Magazine’s live chat this evening at 8:00 p.m. Jamaica time, for a conversation on eco-conscious living. … More Plastic Free July Kicks Off
Jamaicans take Valentine’s Day (and Mother’s Day) very seriously. This weekend, amidst a flurry of other activities, there will be the annual concert in aid of the Gregory Isaacs Foundation, headlined “Red Rose for Gregory.” The late reggae singer (greatly loved and missed by yours truly) battled substance abuse for much of his life. The Foundation … More It’s Valentine’s Day and JET Says “Love Where Yu Live”
The book (or rather books, as it was a series of eight!) was a childhood favorite of mine that turned into a very successful musical. Coincidentally, I watched the 1964 film quite recently, just for a bit of nostalgia. Dick Van Dyke’s attempt at a Cockney accent still delights! Now it is the 2020 production … More “Mary Poppins”: Grab Your Umbrella and Support Jamaica Environment Trust!
Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is a small, hard-working, dedicated team. They don’t spend all their time talking about environmental issues on the radio and television, although advocacy is an important part of their work. They actually work long hours on projects that contribute to the national good and educate the Jamaican people, including our youngest … More Here’s to a Plastic-Free 2020! And Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Has Plans…
In the struggle to clean up our environment (and it is a struggle) the private sector has got on board, at least in recycling efforts (and the good news is that the revamped Recycling Partners of Jamaica was launched recently in Kingston). Wisynco ECO has been on board with Jamaica Environment Trust’s (JET) Nuh Dutty Up … More Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Goes on the Road
The weather’s getting warmer and the Easter holiday is nearly upon us, which means it’s Carnival time in Jamaica. The Jamaica Environment Trust has launched a great campaign to raise awareness among revelers who are not TOO distracted by the partying to think about the environment. Big ups to Wisynco Eco and the Tourism Enhancement … More Nuh Dutty Up Di Road! JET Wants Carnival Revelers To Be Neat and Tidy This Year
During two recent workshops with community activists (and musicians) conducted by Panos Caribbean, the issue of solid waste management – the garbage that clogs our roads, drains, gullies, rivers – and almost every scrap of empty land has been consistently raised. Although the workshops are focusing on climate change, the issue comes up repeatedly (along … More Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Expands Its Cleanup Network in 2019
At the risk of boring my readers, may I remind you that I am still in recovery mode – struggling up the hill towards the complete fitness of my right wrist. It seems a little like Sisyphus at times (you know, the guy who keeps rolling the rock uphill only to have it slip down again) … More JET Releases Results of International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018: A Quarter of a Million Plastic Bottles Collected!