Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

This press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group is not just about environmental issues. It is about transparency, proper consultation, and democracy. As we in Jamaica are living under restrictions during the COVID-19 era – notably, the limitations on gatherings – we cannot possibly attend in-person consultations (which have often lasted for hours in … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

Travels with a Canadian, Part 1: Native Plants, a Mystery Duck and the Discovery Centre at Salt River

Yes, we have been on an extended hiatus. Not only have we been dashing up and down with many chores and obligations to fulfill, but we had the honour of a visit from a fellow blogger. “Always a Redhead” hails from Hamilton, Ontario. Yes, we actually met online. It was a week of adventures, mishaps, … More Travels with a Canadian, Part 1: Native Plants, a Mystery Duck and the Discovery Centre at Salt River

Stakeholders Petition Jamaica House to Save Cockpit Country

As I mentioned recently, Jamaica House has opened a new petition portal – rather like President Obama’s White House petition page. Jamaica Environment Trust and a range of civil society/environmental advocates have opened a  petition to Save Cockpit Country. Yes, I have written about this many times before, and there have been public consultations, many … More Stakeholders Petition Jamaica House to Save Cockpit Country

Minister, Please Reconsider Your UNESCO Biosphere Decision

I think the following open letter speaks for itself… I am posting it here, in case Jamaican media do not see fit to publish it.  I wrote about the biosphere issue here: https://petchary.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/jamaicas-portland-bight-a-biosphere-deferred/ OPEN LETTER: To Minister Pickersgill 22 March, 2014 Hon. Robert Pickersgill Minister of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change Dear Mr. Pickersgill, We … More Minister, Please Reconsider Your UNESCO Biosphere Decision