The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost


You may have missed this (as I almost did in the horrendous month of January) – but the Forestry Department has been busy. You may recall that last October Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a “Three Million Trees in Three Years” project. The numbers are great, but the devil is in the details. Does the … More The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost

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

Panos Caribbean Concludes 2019 Voices for Climate Change Education Community-based Campaign


I spent some time this year with a vibrant group of singers, songwriters and community members. They are this year’s Voices for Climate Change. I have written about my experiences in several blog posts. Here is one I wrote for Global Voices. The fairly ambitious project in four rural communities was a learning process for all … More Panos Caribbean Concludes 2019 Voices for Climate Change Education Community-based Campaign

Tomorrow is National Tree-Planting Day: Let’s Start Greening


I should have given you more warning: Tomorrow is National Tree-Planting Day. Unless the rain washes us all away (which, the way the weather is going, is more than possible) I hope there will be some efforts made to try and redress the balance. Balance? You may ask. Well, yes. You see, although Jamaica’s forests … More Tomorrow is National Tree-Planting Day: Let’s Start Greening

Jamaica’s Million Tree Challenge Takes Root This Labour Day


Well, it’s a tall order, but Jamaica is aiming to plant one million trees in the next couple of years – and 155,000 trees this year!  Kudos to the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport for supporting the National Environment and Planning Agency’s (NEPA) Trees for Life campaign this year, starting on Labour Day (May … More Jamaica’s Million Tree Challenge Takes Root This Labour Day

“Everything Connects”: A Visit to Claude McKay High School With Lasco REAP


On January 23, we were trying to find a Jamaican poet; or rather, a school named in his honor, in the place where he grew up. However, we were lost…in May Pen, as soon as we turned off the highway. It’s a town we don’t know well, and Google Maps sadly let us down. Our … More “Everything Connects”: A Visit to Claude McKay High School With Lasco REAP

Cuban Crocs, National Adaptation Plans and the African Elephant Coalition: Stories on the Environment, October 13, 2016


Yes – it’s been a while. I have been too busy to put together this regular compilation of stories – local, regional and international. However, let’s bring you up to date. Please click on the links for more information… Jamaica and the Caribbean Cuban Crocodiles Pose a Problem: The Cuban Crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) is critically endangered. For decades, there … More Cuban Crocs, National Adaptation Plans and the African Elephant Coalition: Stories on the Environment, October 13, 2016

Teaching A Love of the Environment: The LASCO Rootz REAP Program


Last Friday, October 3 I had the great honor of speaking at the launch of the LASCO Rootz R.E.A.P. Program (R.E.A.P. = Releaf Environmental Awareness Program) at the St. Jago Cathedral Preparatory School in Spanish Town. I was also interviewed on Hot 102 FM, which was fun! I thought I would share my speech with you. … More Teaching A Love of the Environment: The LASCO Rootz REAP Program