Only One Earth: World Environment Day 2022 is full of mixed emotions

I confess, I have been preoccupied by family matters and rather low key. This World Environment Day I found it hard to focus; the issues are crowding in. In particular, climate change weighs heavily. I looked up the hashtag on Twitter, finding more and more semi-hopeful messages, “we’re doing something” videos, and “let’s do something!” … More Only One Earth: World Environment Day 2022 is full of mixed emotions

“A Million Aunties”: My Review of a Novel by Alecia McKenzie

An “Auntie” occupies a unique space in Jamaican society. I have a few “nieces” and “nephews” myself, although they are not related to me in any way. I love them all. In general, Jamaican Aunties are middle-aged or older women. They usually embody certain qualities (at least, in the eyes of the young people who … More “A Million Aunties”: My Review of a Novel by Alecia McKenzie

The Windrush Stories: A Visit to the National Library of Jamaica

The story of the Windrush continues, in different ways. Or rather, should I say “stories”? Because I see the Windrush as a mosaic of many human stories – of endurance and success, determination and disappointment. There has been some more local coverage; the Sunday Gleaner’s Arts & Education section included an article by Amitabh Sharma last … More The Windrush Stories: A Visit to the National Library of Jamaica

The Moody Dutchman: Johannes Vermeer And Friends at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

Now here’s something different, and very European. Maybe it’s the drop of Dutch blood in my veins (great grandfather) but when I heard about an upcoming exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, I jiggled my shoulders a little – that’s a sign of excitement, by the way. If I was there, … More The Moody Dutchman: Johannes Vermeer And Friends at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

We Live in Interesting Times: Thoughts on the French Presidential Election from Blogger Wayne Campbell

“Interesting times” could also be rephrased as “dark times,” as a dear Twitter friend described the state of the world the other day. Here’s a guest blog post from my friend Wayne Campbell. You can find his blog at http://www.wayaine.blogspot.com/ and his contact details are below. Wayne is particularly focused on gender issues, and through this … More We Live in Interesting Times: Thoughts on the French Presidential Election from Blogger Wayne Campbell

1.5 To Stay Alive: From Rhetoric to Reality, by Mariama Williams

Well, they’ve all packed up their laptops and gone home. The long-awaited UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris is now over. But now the dust has started to settle a little after all the hustle and bustle and expected drama and excitement…how do developing countries assess the results? Initial reactions have been very mixed. Here … More 1.5 To Stay Alive: From Rhetoric to Reality, by Mariama Williams

The Caribbean at #COP21: A Few Gleanings from the Frontlines and At Home

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris, France is well under way now, and I have been picking up numerous articles that are of interest and relevant to the Caribbean on social media. It’s a little difficult to sort out – and almost impossible to know what is happening in terms of the day-to-day … More The Caribbean at #COP21: A Few Gleanings from the Frontlines and At Home

One Point Five to Stay Alive: Flash Mob Brings Climate Change Messages to Half Way Tree

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) has just completed its second day in Paris, France. We are all (I trust) acutely aware of the significance of this Conference. Time has run out. It’s pretty much “make or break,” and firm commitments followed by action (with a minimum of posturing and geo-political bickering) are needed. … More One Point Five to Stay Alive: Flash Mob Brings Climate Change Messages to Half Way Tree

Young People Consider Climate Change, Part I: Climate Change Solutions – Why Wait?

With the upcoming COP-21 bearing down on us, (the Paris Climate Change Conference), discussion is becoming more intense and a sense of urgency heightens. I am sharing two articles by young Jamaicans. It is the youth who will inherit this Planet – or the degraded, abused Planet we older ones have left for them. Environmentalist … More Young People Consider Climate Change, Part I: Climate Change Solutions – Why Wait?