“Plastic bans” are clearly not a quick or simple fix for our island’s overwhelming garbage problem. It only sounds simple (to the know-alls on social media, for example). There are obstacles to overcome. We know that plastic bottles are the most ubiquitous item, but we are not ready yet, it seems, to take them on. … More Plastic Bottles Aplenty, but JET is Disappointed at Delay in Deposit Refund Scheme
In Jamaica, “box lunch” is a tradition and a staple of local cook shops across the island. Many Jamaicans, who work on the road or don’t have time to stop at a restaurant, get a box of “chicken with curry goat gravy” (a favorite with some!) or similar hot cooked food. Nine times out of … More Don’t Delay the Styrofoam Ban, Says JET
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
It’s a hot, breezy World Oceans Day in Kingston, Jamaica. Down in Lionel Town, Clarendon, the energy-filled Voices for Climate Change are singing their hearts out at a community concert. “Save the world…” is one of their choruses. Irie FM is there. I know the atmosphere will be joyful, the music will be compulsively catchy … More Very Mixed and Confused Thoughts on World Oceans Day
I did mention to a few online friends that there was some good news contained in Minister Daryl Vaz’s speech at the launch of the Green Expo on May 22 – International Biodiversity Day – which I described in my last post. “Good news?” chorused the cynical Facebookers. “Really? Tell us!” Well yes – I … More Jamaica To Sign Important Regional Agreement on Access to Information and Environmental Justice
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!
NUH DUTTY UP JAMAICA CHRISTMAS BRING A BAG A BOKKLE Guys and gals! Trot along to the Mall Plaza on Constant Spring Road in Kingston next Tuesday afternoon (December 11, 3 to 6 pm) and “bring a bag a bokkle” (or “Bring a bag of bottles”) and receive a cool Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica … More JET’s Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Christmas Campaign: Bring a Bag a (Plastic) Bokkle!
I made my way to the back of the ever-expanding University of Technology (UTech) campus recently. Many thanks to the student who set me on the right path – I was truly lost. There was a row of brand new lecture halls. I was heading for a public forum organized by the UTech branch of … More Green Thoughts: The Coming Plastics Ban
The “remnants” of a storm named Isaac descended on us, and now we have the remnants of Kirk. The rain is welcome! At the same time, we had an earthquake, widely felt in Kingston. And I am very, very late with this post – again! Forgive me but I have been intensely busy. Is tomorrow … More Toxic Masculinity, Cockpit Country Nerves and Devil in the Details: Jamaica on Sunday, September 30, 2018
Great news on a Monday morning! I don’t know how many times I have written, blogged and spoken about the need for ACTION on plastics. Several Caribbean countries have now announced measures to curb this curse. This morning – in the aftermath of the International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 15, which again saw a huge … More JET Responds to Today’s Government Announcement on Plastic and Styrofoam Bans