Human rights are for all (and human rights defenders are not the problem)

It bears repeating that human rights are for all. I quote from the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, forged in 1948 in the wake of two terrible World Wars. Here are Articles 1 and 3, as a reminder. But it is worth taking a “refresher” read… All human beings are born free and … More Human rights are for all (and human rights defenders are not the problem)

Greenpeace urges governments to stop deep sea mining at upcoming negotiations in Jamaica (and thank you, New Zealand!)

The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is meeting again at its headquarters in Kingston, from October 31 to November 11. So, what has changed since the last meeting, and what are the prospects for this one? Well, the good news is that the New Zealand Government today (October 27, 2022) decided to support a global moratorium … More Greenpeace urges governments to stop deep sea mining at upcoming negotiations in Jamaica (and thank you, New Zealand!)

Growing backlash to deep sea mining is hurting companies in their pockets

A few weeks ago, I reported on the last meeting of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in Kingston, and interviewed Greenpeace USA representatives, who attended, on the looming threat of deep sea mining. Despite the ISA being headquartered right here, the issue has sparked very little interest among our local media, who are preoccupied with … More Growing backlash to deep sea mining is hurting companies in their pockets

World Oceans Day 2022: Collaboration, Collections and Cleanups

Tomorrow (or perhaps today for you) – Wednesday, June 8 is World Oceans Day. But, don’t we have One Ocean, just as there is just One Planet? There are two events I should tell you about. Firstly, the United Nations will have an online event starting at 10:00 am EDT (9:00 am Jamaican time), which … More World Oceans Day 2022: Collaboration, Collections and Cleanups

Disaster preparedness in Jamaica: Are we becoming complacent?

We are just two weeks away from the official start of the 2022 Hurricane Season (June 1). I have noted a few news items this month (which is Hurricane Preparedness Month in the U.S., but regrettably not in Jamaica) – as follows: The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the primary Government agency … More Disaster preparedness in Jamaica: Are we becoming complacent?

Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

It’s International Human Rights Day, and it’s not just a hashtag. A lot has been going through my mind today. These are stormy times, with the wind blowing first one way and then the other. A sudden rogue wave appears and nearly knocks you off your feet. 2021 has been strangely – and perhaps surprisingly … More Human rights in Jamaica and beyond – past and present

Jamaica needs to step up its inclusion of persons with disabilities in 2022

Yesterday (December 3) was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and I am glad my friend and blogger Wayne Campbell wrote about it. You can find his post here. It took Jamaica seven years to bring the Disabilities Act into force after it was passed by Parliament in 2014; this will finally happen in … More Jamaica needs to step up its inclusion of persons with disabilities in 2022

This is Gibraltar, St. Ann, Jamaica: Save Cockpit Country

These photographs landed in a tweet from Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) on my timeline this afternoon, leaving me with a heavy feeling in my heart. I think they speak for themselves. “I had never been confronted by bauxite mining in this way before,” confessed CEO of JET, Dr. Theresa Rodriguez-Moodie. “Beautiful hillsides with lush forests … More This is Gibraltar, St. Ann, Jamaica: Save Cockpit Country

House to house vaccination starts in Jamaica

Our health workers have been putting in the hours. Who can deny this – they have been dedicated, hard-working and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude. The United Nations in Jamaica decided to recognize them by encouraging government and private sector buildings to “light up blue” in recognition of the efforts of our … More House to house vaccination starts in Jamaica