Climate Tracker offers opportunities for environmental journalism in the Caribbean

A phrase that is becoming quite a cliché these days is: “The Caribbean is on the front lines of the climate crisis.” What this really means is that, very often, our small nations have to do the heavy lifting. Are we armed and ready for the battle on those front lines? And before we get … More Climate Tracker offers opportunities for environmental journalism in the Caribbean

Only One Earth: World Environment Day 2022 is full of mixed emotions

I confess, I have been preoccupied by family matters and rather low key. This World Environment Day I found it hard to focus; the issues are crowding in. In particular, climate change weighs heavily. I looked up the hashtag on Twitter, finding more and more semi-hopeful messages, “we’re doing something” videos, and “let’s do something!” … More Only One Earth: World Environment Day 2022 is full of mixed emotions

The environment AND climate change: shuffled out in the Jamaican Government’s “reshuffle”

Apart from the collective “meh” among most Jamaicans that greeted the Prime Minister’s “Cabinet reshuffle” announced a few days ago, one thing struck me immediately. Where has the Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change gone? It seemed to be settling down a little, under the leadership of Minister Pearnel Charles, Jr., who … More The environment AND climate change: shuffled out in the Jamaican Government’s “reshuffle”

Community Disaster Risk Management Plans take climate change considerations on board

I am rather late with this information, but this is important work being done island-wide by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in partnership with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM). It coincides with the just-concluded UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). If you would like further information, you may contact Project Manager … More Community Disaster Risk Management Plans take climate change considerations on board

Hillside destruction near Green Island, Hanover, Jamaica

The parish of Hanover is the smallest on the island, but has a distinct charm of its own. As the road winds along the coastline, there are lovely views of small coves, the calm waters fringed deeply with mangroves on one side. On the other side of the road are hilly pastures, some with Spanish … More Hillside destruction near Green Island, Hanover, Jamaica

Jamaica Welcomes the Climate Rulebook Agreed on at the UNFCCC Meeting in Poland

This month has been tremendously busy  – at home and abroad – with all kinds of weighty matters under discussion and debate. For a start, the Jamaican delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-24) wrapped up warm and travelled to Katowice, Poland, where they worked very hard. Here are a few of my comments … More Jamaica Welcomes the Climate Rulebook Agreed on at the UNFCCC Meeting in Poland

Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done

Human Rights Day this year was particularly significant for the world. We have to think “world” on Human Rights Day, and then get out our magnifying glasses and zoom in on a map of Jamaica and the Caribbean. For all of us, it was the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of … More Human Rights Day in Jamaica: Against a Background of the Arts, Much to Be Done

Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience Supports Water Monitoring in Jamaica

Well, there are “nuff tings” happening in Jamaica as the country’s delegation gets ready to depart for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn. I attended the “Pre-COP” meeting for stakeholders today in Kingston; it was a very full day. When it comes to climate finance, the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) is making its … More Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience Supports Water Monitoring in Jamaica

1.5 To Stay Alive: From Rhetoric to Reality, by Mariama Williams

Well, they’ve all packed up their laptops and gone home. The long-awaited UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris is now over. But now the dust has started to settle a little after all the hustle and bustle and expected drama and excitement…how do developing countries assess the results? Initial reactions have been very mixed. Here … More 1.5 To Stay Alive: From Rhetoric to Reality, by Mariama Williams