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 Night Curfew Starts Tomorrow, and 38 COVID-19 Cases Now Confirmed in Jamaica


The latest news on COVID-19 in Jamaica seems rather mixed, but we have to take everything “one day at a time” these days. Firstly, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced at last night’s press briefing that a curfew will be imposed, beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1) at 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., and ending at 6:00 … More A Night Curfew Starts Tomorrow, and 38 COVID-19 Cases Now Confirmed in Jamaica

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

Young People Are The Present, Not the Future: Youth Climate Change Conference in Jamaica


I have been quite overwhelmed with youth in the past few days, but I am not complaining. Being around young people always makes me feel lighter, more hopeful perhaps. I do get tired of hearing how “the youth of today” are lazy, useless, selfish, etc… I know so many who are quite the reverse. I have heard … More Young People Are The Present, Not the Future: Youth Climate Change Conference in Jamaica

Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 13, 2017


Indigenous peoples fighting climate change and the fossil fuel industry; an island up for sale; migratory birds and hurricanes; trafficking in wildlife and more in this week’s bunch of articles. Click on the highlighted links for more information! Jamaica and the Caribbean: Jamaicans learning about climate change in China… 35 professionals from developing countries (including Panos … More Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 13, 2017

From Public Opinion Online: Change Bigger Than Trump, by Indi McLymont Lafayette


Here is another article by a 51% Coalition member, Indi McLymont Lafayette. Indi is a consultant and a climate change/environmental advocate.  You can read the article here on the new Public Opinion online news website. On March 28 President Donald Trump passed an Executive Order rescinding several of his predecessor’s climate change policies and legislation. It … More From Public Opinion Online: Change Bigger Than Trump, by Indi McLymont Lafayette

Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project


I am a little late in sharing this September 19, 2016 press release from our friends at the United Nations Environment Programme – Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP) about a very important project that opened very  recently (on September 20-21) in Kingston. Topics such as International Waters, Land Degradation, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Forest Management are of … More Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project

Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Branches Out Into Habitat Restoration


The Caribbean has 170 bird species that are endemic – that is, living nowhere else on the planet. There are 28 endemics in Jamaica alone. This is why habitat conservation – and, if needed, restoration – is so crucial. We are small islands; the birds have nowhere else to go! Here is BirdsCaribbean’s report on … More Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Branches Out Into Habitat Restoration