In just two days, one of the most critical UN conferences in the past decade or so will come to an end. It is likely to be the last in a series of discussions leading up to the signing of a Global Ocean Treaty in New York. It’s the fifth and final round of negotiations. … More It’s “now or never” for our oceans: Part One on the Global Ocean Treaty
Just a quick reminder: If you want to register as a site coordinator for International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day 2022 – the deadline is tomorrow! Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Email JET at firstname.lastname@example.org NOW! Or contact: Ms. Lauren Creary, Programme Director at… t| +1876 960 3693/ c| +1876 368 4452 e| email@example.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org ICC Day has been … More Hurry and register your site for International Coastal Cleanup Day: DEADLINE AUGUST 9!
Tomorrow (or perhaps today for you) – Wednesday, June 8 is World Oceans Day. But, don’t we have One Ocean, just as there is just One Planet? There are two events I should tell you about. Firstly, the United Nations will have an online event starting at 10:00 am EDT (9:00 am Jamaican time), which … More World Oceans Day 2022: Collaboration, Collections and Cleanups
That is all. That’s my passion, and if you read a few of my blog posts, or read my tweets (@petchary) you will quickly realize this. This was a Bloganuary prompt a few days ago; yes, I am still a few days behind. So, I am passionate about the following: Climate change: How it is … More A passion for Planet Earth
Today is World Rivers Day. It is observed on the fourth Sunday in September every year, I have learned. It was founded by a Canadian, Mark Angelo, a long-time river advocate who spoke at the United Nations in 2005 as part of its Water for Life campaign. Jamaican rivers are very different, of course, from … More Jamaica’s rivers and gullies are suffering from abuse
Now, then. It’s still Lent, and that’s a time when I have noticed many Jamaicans make “resolutions” of some sort. It usually has something to do with “giving up” something. Well, perhaps then “giving up throwing plastic bottles out of my car window/into a drain/on the beach/into a gully in the hills somewhere/on the street … More Dear Jamaicans, are you recycling? Here’s the information you need…
“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
Yes, we know. But it bears repeating. I am sharing this great article by Erica Hamilton that sums it up very well. I think it is a good follow-up to my previous blog post about the threat of deep-sea mining, and the Greenpeace/Jamaica Environment Trust protest outside the International Seabed Authority yesterday. A paragraph below … More Our Oceans Are in Trouble
The world of Twitter is one in which we jump to conclusions, misinterpret each other’s comments (deliberately or otherwise) and indulge in regular fits of outrage. We make mistakes and we irritate each other from time to time. Sometimes we are kind and caring. However, we tend to be judgmental. Well, today I was a … More On Being Judgmental…With the SEP
Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 5) is the United Nations’ World Environment Day. This year’s venue is China, where the theme will be Air Pollution (see below) and if you click on that link above you can learn more from the UN. Some people say there are too many of these “special days” but I don’t have a … More World Environment Day: Cockpit Country, Air Pollution… and Solutions?