The Climate Innovation Challenge: an Opportunity for Green Entrepreneurs NOW


I am putting this out there because the deadline for this amazing opportunity launched by the Jamaica National (JN) Foundation is this coming Sunday, October 11, 2020. Yes, you’ve got three days. “Climate change is impacting our region now,” says climate change consultant Asia Williams. Temperatures are rising on land and sea; sea levels are … More The Climate Innovation Challenge: an Opportunity for Green Entrepreneurs NOW

Fifteen Clarendon Communities Consulted on Risk Profiles and Climate Change Adaptation Plans


I have spent some time in the beautiful central parish of Clarendon in the past year. Studies (and recent events) have shown that the area is particularly vulnerable to flooding, prolonged drought, and other impacts of climate change.  Prime Minister Andrew Holness pointed out in Parliament in October that Clarendon was responsible for a large … More Fifteen Clarendon Communities Consulted on Risk Profiles and Climate Change Adaptation Plans

View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight


Recently, I found myself on the top of a hill in South St. Elizabeth. This part of the parish has a special aura. It is warm as toast, dry as bone – and yet,  fruitful. It has been called the “bread basket” of Jamaica. St. Elizabeth people are soft-spoken. St. Elizabeth farmers are known for … More View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

Jamaica among Four Countries to Benefit from Regional Rainwater Harvesting Project


Water remains a critical issue for the Caribbean, and one aspect of the Investment Plan of the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) focuses on this issue. What do we do in long periods of drought? What happens when we fail to store water properly? Water is much more complex than … More Jamaica among Four Countries to Benefit from Regional Rainwater Harvesting Project

Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting


I haven’t written a news update since Easter! With so much happening, I should never have left it so long. I can only say that I have been overwhelmed with all kinds of commitments and things that have dragged me away from my regular news focus. Here’s an update for the last week (or perhaps … More Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting

Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Seeks Climate Change Adaptation Projects for Funding


The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) has just issued a new Call for Proposals for projects that help communities across the island adapt to climate change. This is part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) US$1.4 million Adaptation Program and Financing Mechanisms for Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), rolled out by EFJ in collaboration with … More Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Seeks Climate Change Adaptation Projects for Funding

#AToZJamaicaChallenge: W is for Water (Or The Lack Thereof)


Someone reminded me today that just a year ago we were all obsessed with water. Why? Because there was none. The 2015 drought (there was a 2014 one too) was beginning to really bite last June, while temperatures soared – including more warm nights (haven’t we all felt this?)  Many Jamaicans had no water in … More #AToZJamaicaChallenge: W is for Water (Or The Lack Thereof)

Sturge Town: A Farming Community Faces Up to Climate Change


“Our islands are very brittle.” Farmer, environmentalist, community activist and priest Rev. Dr. Frank E. Lawrence makes this observation as his friend, local conservationist Wendy Lee, and I settle down on his verandah in Runaway Bay for a good chat. Dr. Lawrence is now 83 years old; he talks about a village called Sturge Town, … More Sturge Town: A Farming Community Faces Up to Climate Change

A Call to Action on Climate Change: A Youth View from Adrian Watson


I said I would not be blogging much, and this is in fact a guest blog by Adrian O. Watson, a member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network in Jamaica, Projects Coordinator/National Focal Point and a member of Junior Chamber International in Kingston. He sent it to me a couple of weeks ago, and I … More A Call to Action on Climate Change: A Youth View from Adrian Watson