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

“Big Up Wi Beach” for International Coastal Cleanup Day


Beaches – and our access to them – are on the agenda again. We heard that Fort Clarence Beach in St. Catherine (a favorite chill spot of ours, back in the day) is to be “taken over” by a private company, who are leasing it from the government agency Urban Development Corporation (UDC), beginning September … More “Big Up Wi Beach” for International Coastal Cleanup Day

The Children of Rose Town Need Your Help This Summer


It’s summer camp time, again. The school holidays are long. While more privileged children enjoy exciting activities throughout the summer, and may even travel abroad, for some communities a summer camp is a lifeline for children and their parents. Please see the following urgent message from the Rose Town Foundation, below, and help a child … More The Children of Rose Town Need Your Help This Summer

Very Mixed and Confused Thoughts on World Oceans Day


It’s a hot, breezy World Oceans Day in Kingston, Jamaica. Down in Lionel Town, Clarendon, the energy-filled Voices for Climate Change are singing their hearts out at a community concert. “Save the world…” is one of their choruses. Irie FM is there. I know the atmosphere will be joyful, the music will be compulsively catchy … More Very Mixed and Confused Thoughts on World Oceans Day

Environmental Buzzwords: Let’s Not Get Hung Up on Them, Says Erica Hamilton


Politicians and others always talk about “the environment” as if it is separate from ourselves, without realizing that everything is connected (and so are we). So, whatever we do to the environment will affect us, sooner rather than later. and vice versa. And by the way, drought, floods, storms, air pollution, sea pollution and so … More Environmental Buzzwords: Let’s Not Get Hung Up on Them, Says Erica Hamilton