Can We Please Have Action on Burning Dumps, Air Pollution and Solid Waste Management?


When are we ever going to get our act together regarding air pollution? Yesterday, a friend who lives in the hills above Montego Bay shared her photos of the thick clouds of smoke over the city, emanating from the Retirement dump. This is the second day of the fire. This is an ongoing public health … More Can We Please Have Action on Burning Dumps, Air Pollution and Solid Waste Management?

Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area


Earlier today, I was talking to a friend about outstanding concerns relating to the Cockpit Country boundaries. By the time I got home, coincidentally, the following press release from Jamaica Environment Trust had landed in my inbox. It’s very important to have this direct feedback from the communities affected, and this detailed response shows that … More Cockpit Country Communities Raise Concerns About Protected Area

Advocates for Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Support MP Cuthbert Flynn’s Motion to Decriminalise Abortion in Jamaica


Yesterday in Parliament, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn filed a Private Member’s Motion for the repeal of two sections of the Offences Against the Persons Act. She would like the House of Representatives to consider the recommendations of the Abortion Policy Group – in 2007, eleven years ago – established to provide guidance on the matter. Here … More Advocates for Partnership for the Promotion of Patients’ Rights in Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Support MP Cuthbert Flynn’s Motion to Decriminalise Abortion in Jamaica

Clean Air Fi Breathe! Air Pollution in Jamaica


When the head of the UN Environment Programme Erik Solheim visited Jamaica in December, 2016 he pointed to three priorities for the Caribbean: Pollution, Oceans and Ecosystem Preservation. When I asked him what he considered the most serious form of pollution, the unhesitating response was: “Air pollution.”  There are several sources of air pollution in Jamaica, depending … More Clean Air Fi Breathe! Air Pollution in Jamaica

51% Coalition Speaks Out on the Murder of Mickolle Moulton


What a strange and difficult week it has been. In the early hours of Independence Day, gunmen fired on two girls (sisters, aged seventeen and twelve) as they slept, pushing their guns through a louver window, in the inner city area of Arnett Gardens. The seventeen year-old, Mickolle Moulton, is dead and her sister is … More 51% Coalition Speaks Out on the Murder of Mickolle Moulton

Public Health Hazard: Garbage Dumped on Downtown Street Outside Health Facility


It is so tiring, so baffling. Why is there such a problem with solid waste in this country? Is it selfish, careless members of the public who think someone else is there to clean up after them? Or is it incompetent national and local authorities who are not doing their job properly? Perhaps a combination … More Public Health Hazard: Garbage Dumped on Downtown Street Outside Health Facility

Environmental Sector Suggests Priority Areas for Incoming Prime Minister


Well. Last night there was an almost audible sigh of relief across our island, when the final count for the last constituency was completed and the Jamaica Labour Party was confirmed as winners of the general elections – with the slimmest possible minority. Many column inches and much airspace is now being used with recommendations, suggestions, … More Environmental Sector Suggests Priority Areas for Incoming Prime Minister