A Momentous Day of Decision on Cockpit Country


Today, Prime Minister Andrew Holness made his long-awaited Statement in Parliament on the boundaries of the Cockpit Country. There are mixed reactions this evening. The Jamaica Environment Trust has noted that the new boundary agreed on by Cabinet represents 67 per cent of the proposed Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group boundary, which was the widest one. However…the … More A Momentous Day of Decision on Cockpit Country

“Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister


My previous post addressed the concerns of many (including local residents) about the sand mining issue in Duncans Bay, Trelawny. In response to these major concerns, Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted the full conditions for the granting of a permit, which the National Environment and Planning Agency had previously denied. I am sharing these conditions, … More “Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister

Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?


This is an extremely disturbing turn of events. Duncans Bay has a beautiful beach that also has great environmental value. How can the Jamaican Government support climate change adaptation (and it has expressed concern several times over the impact on our coastlines) – while at the same time allowing the removal of sand from the coast? … More Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?

JET Is Concerned At Sand Mining Approval on Turtle Nesting Beach Near Dolphin Head, Trelawny


In its recent Big Up Wi Beach campaign, JET (and students participating in the program) have found sand mining – whether legal or illegal – to be a factor in the deterioration of some of our beaches. So why has the Minister approved a permit (originally turned down by the NRCA) for sand mining on a turtle … More JET Is Concerned At Sand Mining Approval on Turtle Nesting Beach Near Dolphin Head, Trelawny

Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Begins on Earth Day


It has been a day and night of overwhelming rain in Kingston – the kind of rain that gets louder and louder until you cannot ignore it. Not so good for the pre-Carnival partygoers (hopefully they will have sunshine tomorrow). There are flood warnings and many Earth Day events were postponed. The rain may also … More Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Begins on Earth Day

#EarthDay2017: What’s Happening in Jamaica?


Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day. The theme is Environmental and Climate Literacy – in other words, the importance of educating ourselves on these complex and wide-ranging topics. Until recently, by the way, I didn’t know the day is also called International Mother Earth Day. The Earth Day Network (Earth Day is primarily a citizen-oriented effort) is … More #EarthDay2017: What’s Happening in Jamaica?