Is our democracy being watered down? I am beginning to wonder. On Thursday, January 19, 2023, the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure and Physical Development will meet at Gordon House in Kingston. The committee (which last met in November 2022 after a hiatus of one whole year) will consider the 2017 Provisional Development Order for Kingston … More Don’t stifle our voices, says citizens’ group to parliamentary committee
Do we want participatory governance, or is it just a box that our government likes to check? Do government officials even want to bother with that box marked “consultations,” at all? Citizens Rights to the City (CRC) is a grouping formed fairly recently, comprising no less than 29 already well-established citizens groups and communities in … More Jamaican citizens call for consultations with government over planned urban developments
“Sustainable development” is an expression that has virtually no meaning any more; it is so hackneyed and over-used…and misused. But “development” does not have to mean capitalism, consumerism, and environmental degradation and destruction. Development should be for the benefit of the people, and it should be about partnerships. One such partnership is the support now … More A meeting at Winnifred’s Beach to talk about the right kind of development
Do you know a person or organization on your island (or another island) who is making a difference in the field of sustainable development and climate action? Or do you consider yourself a leader in this area? Do you know a fantastic sustainable energy project, or company that is doing great things? Then why not … More Island Innovation Awards are about climate action, leadership, and sustainability. Apply now!
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland is drawing nigh, and countries and groupings are lining themselves up, declaring their priorities, polishing up their arguments, getting their “ducks in a row.” Next week, I look forward to learning more from Jamaica’s Climate Change Division (CCD) on how things are shaping up for … More Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Leaders’ Declaration focuses on fossil fuels, climate finance, and the ocean
There are several Big Things happening this week, that I should have already told you about. Island Innovation’s Virtual Island Summit is just getting under way. I believe this is the third. It is on all week (September 6 to 12) and it is free! It is free and also truly global. I have tuned … More This Week: The Virtual Island Summit 2021 embraces islanders worldwide
Can you afford to miss it? As my grandmother once said (why did she have a saying for every occasion which always pops up in my mind, unbidden!): “Money makes the world go round.” Well, we can’t argue with that, I suppose; but how can we put our money to best use for our vulnerable … More Have you registered for the Island Finance Forum 2021?
Andrea Dempster Chung is one of those determined Jamaican women who sticks to their vision, remains focused, and makes it happen. Kingston Creative – that blossoming of the arts in downtown Kingston – is her brainchild and a shining example of the amazing potential of Jamaica’s creative industries. My favorite memory of the pre-COVID days … More Kingston Creative partners with IDB Lab to enhance global market access for Creative Entrepreneurs
Nine youth groups, headed by the Jamaica Climate Change Youth Council, have sent an Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Hon. Andrew Holness. Here is the text, which they shared online today (November 19, 2020). Congratulations to the driving force behind this, #Youth4PuertoBueno. Dear Prime Minister: On behalf of Jamaicans who have … More Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability
The digital world is a world of nomads. They wander. They explore. They get lost in the sand dunes. They set sail on mysterious waters. They lose their compass – which direction are they heading in? They set up camp for the night. They light a fire. These nomads might even bump into a few … More The Virtual Island Summit Will Take You on a Voyage of Discovery