Two Young Caribbean Environmental Activists Win Regional Award


I seem to be regularly “bigging up” the region’s young environmental activists these days, and with good reason. Dozens of young Ambassadors were busy planting trees (many of them in “real time”) at the launch of the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance’s Caribbean Tree Planting Project youth arm on Sunday. More to follow on this! I also … More Two Young Caribbean Environmental Activists Win Regional Award

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition


Jamaicans do love political dramas, and the past week or so they have been riveted by the steadily building saga of the People’s National Party, our parliamentary Opposition that seems to be struggling in a quagmire. You know how the more you struggle, the more stuck you get? Most of the time I don’t understand … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition

COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”


Today (Thursday May 28) Jamaica thankfully had a fourth day without any new cases of COVID-19. We had five more recoveries, which means around half of our 569 total cases. As for testing, we have done a total of 11,460, with 33 results pending. We tested 201 samples in the last 24 hours – which … More COVID-19 in the Caribbean: Some Numbers, Testing and “Opening Up”

A COVID-19 Update From Jamaica: March 23, 2020 And a Caribbean Update


We are bombarded with news on COVID-19 from all directions. There are heartbreaking personal stories from all over the world on social media. I feel that we are just bracing ourselves for a big wave, here. Have we managed to “flatten the curve”? Who knows. Have we been testing enough? I am concerned about the … More A COVID-19 Update From Jamaica: March 23, 2020 And a Caribbean Update

The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost


You may have missed this (as I almost did in the horrendous month of January) – but the Forestry Department has been busy. You may recall that last October Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a “Three Million Trees in Three Years” project. The numbers are great, but the devil is in the details. Does the … More The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost

Insect Populations are Declining Around the World. How Worried Should We Be?


This article by Editor in Chief Marilyn Hoff is republished from ensia.com as a follow-up to my previous post. Insect populations are declining around the world. How worried should we be? Widely reported studies this year and last led to headlines globally of an “insect Armageddon.” The real story is more nuanced — but probably … More Insect Populations are Declining Around the World. How Worried Should We Be?

The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez: Book Review


The world is an uncertain place for teenagers, at the best of times. But for a 13-year-old girl living in a rundown neighbourhood just outside Havana, Cuba, in the end days of the dictator Batista’s regime, it takes on a level of claustrophobic anxiety. Adela – named after the beloved grandmother whom she never met … More The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez: Book Review

Letter to the UN Environment Programme Expresses Concern Over Transfer of Rare Dominican Parrots to Germany


Here’s an update on the petition, which I shared in my last blog post. Eleven conservation organisations have signed an open letter to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Erik Solheim regarding the export of Dominica’s beloved parrots to Germany.  If you have not already signed, please read the statement from BirdsCaribbean … More Letter to the UN Environment Programme Expresses Concern Over Transfer of Rare Dominican Parrots to Germany

“Or Does It Explode?” On the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Death


Originally posted on Destructive Anachronism:
As I’m sure most of you are aware, today marks the fiftieth anniversary since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had been since 18 March assisting the sanitation workers striking for better pay and working conditions. King, whom…

Battered Caribbean Islands Come Together to Welcome Birds Back


It has been a struggle for the islands that suffered from Hurricanes Irma and Maria last  year to get back on their feet.  The people, their homes, their villages and their societies were disrupted and in many cases damaged or destroyed. The same of course goes for the environment. Important habitats for birds like the … More Battered Caribbean Islands Come Together to Welcome Birds Back