“We don’t even know the life down there”: Greenpeace sounds the alarm on destructive deep sea mining

This quote is from Greenpeace USA’s Arlo Hemphill, whom I spoke with recently in Kingston. The frightening thing about the push – the rush – towards deep sea mining is that the consequences are impossible to predict in their entirety, because we simply don’t know enough about the vast deep sea, the largest habitat in … More “We don’t even know the life down there”: Greenpeace sounds the alarm on destructive deep sea mining

Jamaica’s Kids Climate Camp plants seeds of awareness

There is a perception that younger children cannot grasp climate change issues. It’s too complicated. So, at least in Jamaica, education on climate change only begins with high school students, who are studying science (and I am honestly not sure how much the topic is a part of the curriculum). All of this needs to … More Jamaica’s Kids Climate Camp plants seeds of awareness

Plastic Free July and the importance of recycling in Jamaica

It’s Plastic Free July. This is a global initiative founded by the Plastic Free Foundation back in 2011, to rid the world of plastic waste. In our own lives, we are trying to reduce the amount of plastic we use. You know, the old “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mantra. This is hard. We have taken some … More Plastic Free July and the importance of recycling in Jamaica

Dear Jamaicans, are you recycling? Here’s the information you need…

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…

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 15, 2020: The Vaccine Edition

The big news has been not only the COVID-19 vaccine, but the fact that the very first person to receive it was a Jamaican American. A cold front arrived, bringing strong winds and lower temperatures for a day; our moringa tree took a beating, and has not recovered yet. And behind everything else the crime … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 15, 2020: The Vaccine Edition

Plastic Bottles Aplenty, but JET is Disappointed at Delay in Deposit Refund Scheme

“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

“Mary Poppins”: Grab Your Umbrella and Support Jamaica Environment Trust!

The book (or rather books, as it was a series of eight!) was a childhood favorite of mine that turned into a very successful musical. Coincidentally, I watched the 1964 film quite recently, just for a bit of nostalgia. Dick Van Dyke’s attempt at a Cockney accent still delights! Now it is the 2020 production … More “Mary Poppins”: Grab Your Umbrella and Support Jamaica Environment Trust!

Here’s to a Plastic-Free 2020! And Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Has Plans…

Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is a small, hard-working, dedicated team. They don’t spend all their time talking about environmental issues on the radio and television, although advocacy is an important part of their work. They actually work long hours on projects that contribute to the national good and educate the Jamaican people, including our youngest … More Here’s to a Plastic-Free 2020! And Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Has Plans…

On Trees That Feed…and What Feeds Them

The Prime Minister made an announcement about a major tree-planting programme on September 27, 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly. We are waiting to hear details, although I hear that the programme is still in its planning stages. Still planning? Was the announcement a little premature? In recent years, the Government’s tree-planting programmes have … More On Trees That Feed…and What Feeds Them