The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report 2020 was just launched globally at lunchtime today (December 15). It is headlined “The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene.” Unfortunately there were technical problems, so we were unable to watch a live stream. The UNDP notes: An experimental global index offers a new measurement … More Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP
Today (July 26) is World Mangrove Day. What does this mean for Jamaica? Regrettably, the average Jamaican might regard mangrove areas as dirty, smelly, somewhat scary places (scary because endangered American Crocodiles live there) – and riddled with mosquitoes. What possible benefits could they bring to the island? Personally, I find wetland areas in Jamaica … More Are We Trying Hard Enough to Preserve Our Mangroves in Jamaica?
The Natural History Museum of Jamaica (NHMJ), a division of the Institute of Jamaica, is inviting entries for its 2020 Earth Day Competition, which has the theme: Countdown to 2030: Vision of a Healthy Environment. As Earth Day reaches its milestone 50th anniversary in April 2020, nature and the environment are facing incredible and unprecedented challenges … More The Natural History Museum’s Earth Day Arts Competition for Children and Youth: Deadline March 9!
Today (February 2) is World Wetlands Day. For Jamaica (and everywhere) this should be an important date on the calendar. It marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. The “official” celebration will be at the Mason River Protected Area in northern Clarendon on Friday, February 7. It is the … More On World Wetlands Day, Let’s Give Our Wetlands More Love
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
Art and birds seem to go together – in my mind, anyway. What could be more inspiring than the shape of a hawk’s wing, the iridescence of feathers on a hummingbird, the graceful neck of an egret, the steady flight of a heron? Not to mention the colors of our migratory birds, such as the … More Art for Caribbean Birds
I saw a post on Instagram today from the Natural History Museum of Jamaica: two schoolgirls, frowning slightly, holding between them a container full of insects (one was a butterfly). The girls were participating in the Museum’s Biodiversity Awareness Programme. (Please see details of the NHMJ’s Earth Day competition at the end of this article!) … More All Creatures Great and Small
This article by @richardheinberg is republished from ensia.com. What do YOU think? Opinion: Sooner or Later, We Have to Stop Economic Growth — and We’ll Be Better For It The end of growth will come one day, perhaps very soon, whether we’re ready or not. If we plan for and manage it, we could well … More Opinion: Sooner or Later, We Have to Stop Economic Growth — and We’ll Be Better For It
Today (May 18) is Endangered Species Day. Just another of those days, you might say. However, can we stop and think about this for one moment? Why is a day like this even needed? Twenty years ago, we never thought much about endangered species: mammals, birds, marine life, insects, even plants, and trees. But then, we … More Creatures in Danger: And So Are We
So, once again, the good citizens of Kingston are suffering from a fire near the Riverton City dump (not landfill). This is, of course, not the first time. There was the major tyre fire in 2014, and another fire in 2015. I wrote about the problem of air pollution in Jamaica just recently. Now, another tyre … More Mismanagement of Waste Tyres by Government Agencies is the Issue, Says JET