Jamaican speaks at the launch of a Youth Alliance for a Deep Sea Mining Moratorium

It’s a given, surely, that the voice of youth must be heard, loud and clear, on all matters related to the environment and climate change. After all, they are inheriting the Planet that the older generations have made quite a mess of. I was especially pleased and proud to hear the voice of Jamaican youth … More Jamaican speaks at the launch of a Youth Alliance for a Deep Sea Mining Moratorium

Keep Winnifred Beach Open: Do You Agree?

It has been said, ad nauseam, that COVID-19 has highlighted (indeed, worsened) the inequalities in our society, which are already so glaring. It’s a sort of heightened reality. So, while uptown parties are flourishing after curfew hours and various establishments in and around New Kingston are packed to the gills (you only have to drive … More Keep Winnifred Beach Open: Do You Agree?

Protect Puerto Bueno Mountain Jamaica from Quarrying and Big Development: An Online Petition

As concerns rise over the proposed limestone quarrying in Puerto Bueno Mountain (which now, it transpires, will also involve a commercial development and “eco-tourism”?) here is a petition on change.org opposing the ministerial decision to approve a permit. Prime Minister Andrew Holness signed off on this, and stoutly defended his decision in a speech in … More Protect Puerto Bueno Mountain Jamaica from Quarrying and Big Development: An Online Petition

Return Endangered Native Parrots from Germany to Dominica! Please Sign the Petition

There has been a worrying development in bird conservation in the Caribbean recently. On March 17, two Sisserou (Imperial Parrots Amazona imperialis) and ten Jaco (Red-necked Parrots Amazona arausiaca) were whisked away from the island of Dominica, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria last year. How, why and where did they go? Well, we … More Return Endangered Native Parrots from Germany to Dominica! Please Sign the Petition

Cockpit Country Stakeholders Welcome Announcement by Prime Minister

Our precious Cockpit Country is now formally, and officially, protected. At last, the waiting is over and a decision has been made. Please find below a press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group which, while noting one specific concern, welcomes the Government’s efforts to find a solution, with all the conflicting interests. As I noted yesterday, … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Welcome Announcement by Prime Minister

JET Welcomes Decision to Use LNG for Nain Aluminium Refinery Power Plant

Breathing a huge sigh of relief over this announcement yesterday! The possibility of a coal-powered plant that Mining Minister Mike Henry announced would be built at the aluminium plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth has been hanging over our heads for over a year now. A coal power plant would have been a nightmare for Jamaica’s air quality … More JET Welcomes Decision to Use LNG for Nain Aluminium Refinery Power Plant

Deliberations Advanced On Cockpit Country, Says Prime Minister Holness

Here is an update from the Office of the Prime Minister, dated November 1. It is online here. Prime Minister Andrew Holness in response to the Jamaica House Petition on the Cockpit Country is advising that The Cabinet of Jamaica continues to deliberate on matters concerning the area. He noted that in September, the Jamaica … More Deliberations Advanced On Cockpit Country, Says Prime Minister Holness

JET Says: Please Respond to the Cockpit Country Petition, Mr. Prime Minister!

It is now the end of October. Please see the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) press release, reminding Mr. Holness. It seems that the just-concluded by-election campaign distracted him… For further information on Cockpit Country, please visit https://savecockpitcountry.org   JET CALLS ON THE PRIME MINISTER TO RESPOND TO THE COCKPIT COUNTRY PETITION Following the successful collection of over … More JET Says: Please Respond to the Cockpit Country Petition, Mr. Prime Minister!

The Save Cockpit Country Petition Was Taken Offline for 18 Hours. The Good News: It’s Back Up Now, Says JET

The organisers of the Save Cockpit Country petition have no interest in an illegitimate process.  I know National Integrity Action, among other organisations, has thrown its support behind the campaign, which may partly account for a surge in signatures. The increased number of signatures (currently at 12,569 signatures – 83.79% of the required 15,000) is due to a … More The Save Cockpit Country Petition Was Taken Offline for 18 Hours. The Good News: It’s Back Up Now, Says JET