“I See My Land”: Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Olive Senior on World Poetry Day, 2021

Our recently installed Poet Laureate, Olive Senior, has pledged to help foster environmental awareness through her poetry. She was guest speaker at this year’s World Poetry Day celebration organised by the National Library of Jamaica in partnership with UNESCO – a virtual event, of course. I am hoping that next year we will all be … More “I See My Land”: Jamaica’s Poet Laureate Olive Senior on World Poetry Day, 2021

ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition

Jamaicans do love political dramas, and the past week or so they have been riveted by the steadily building saga of the People’s National Party, our parliamentary Opposition that seems to be struggling in a quagmire. You know how the more you struggle, the more stuck you get? Most of the time I don’t understand … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition

Minister Vaz’s Bid for Land in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Can We Please Protect our Protected Areas?

Yesterday (June 16), a report by the excellent environmental reporter and Associate Editor of the Jamaica Observer Kimone Thompson appeared in the newspaper with the headline “Government wants to lease Holywell land.” The article did not mention the name of the government minister, who reportedly wished to lease a piece of land in the Blue and John … More Minister Vaz’s Bid for Land in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Can We Please Protect our Protected Areas?

Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region

In 1996, the dancehall DJ Bounty Killa (real name: Rodney Basil Price) had a popular song called Poor People Fed Up.  It was an angry song. The Trench Town-born DJ pointed to poor people “surround by danger” from an unhealthy environment, violence and crime. He pointed the finger at uncaring politicians (“Long time the MP him … More Poor People Fed Up: UN Human Development Report 2019 Highlights Inequalities, in Jamaica and the Region

World Heritage Day, 2019: New Group Uses Media to Preserve Jamaica’s Built Heritage

Thursday, April 18, 2019 is UNESCO World Heritage Day. This year, appropriately, it will focus on heritage rural sites. I will share a few photos that I have taken in a gallery tomorrow – including photos I took of one of UNESCO’s Top Five World Heritage Sites – in Sri Lanka, which is deep in … More World Heritage Day, 2019: New Group Uses Media to Preserve Jamaica’s Built Heritage

International Literacy Day: The British Council Donates Books to Salvation Army School for the Blind

September 8, 2018, is UNESCO’s International Literacy Day – since 1967. This year’s International Conference on Literacy and Skills Development in Paris on September 7 will explore ways to make effective connections between literacy and technical and vocational skills in policies, practice, systems, and governance. This seems a pretty relevant topic for Jamaica, as we seek to upgrade the … More International Literacy Day: The British Council Donates Books to Salvation Army School for the Blind

World Press Freedom Day: No Cause for Celebration

World Press Freedom Day, May 3, never really strikes me as a “celebration.” In fact, every year it appears less and less so. Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law is this year’s UNESCO theme. It seems appropriate. The catalogue of persecution, oppression, harassment, murder and imprisonment does not cover the past … More World Press Freedom Day: No Cause for Celebration

World Poetry Day is March 21: In Jamaica…and in Africa, Too

It’s well known that we Jamaicans are hooked on poetry. But this year, we will have an official World Poetry Day celebration, with the Governor General’s endorsement. It is a result of the close co-operation between the National Library of Jamaica and our Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison. There is also a new prize for young … More World Poetry Day is March 21: In Jamaica…and in Africa, Too

JCDT Calls for Focused Management of the Cockpit Country Protected Area

Here is a very important perspective on managing projected areas from the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) – manager of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Looking forward also, we have hopes that the Cockpit Country, which the Prime Minister declared a Protected Area earlier this week, … More JCDT Calls for Focused Management of the Cockpit Country Protected Area