National Integrity Action (NIA) Calls on Prime Minister to Withdraw Approval for Mining in the Puerto Bueno Area

National Integrity Action (NIA) has added its voice to the call to withdraw approval for the mining project in Puerto Bueno Mountain (the area is also called Dry Harbour). Here are more cogent arguments for this to happen. Look no further than Jamaica’s Constitution! Environmental rights are clearly outlined there. Please see their press release … More National Integrity Action (NIA) Calls on Prime Minister to Withdraw Approval for Mining in the Puerto Bueno Area

Minister Daryl Vaz’s Remarks at the Pre-COP 25 Meeting and Launch of Jamaica’s Green Climate Fund Country Programme

On October 23, I joined the annual meeting organized by the Climate Change Division ahead of the upcoming UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP 25) in Santiago, Chile. Our meeting was titled: Climate Action: The 2020 Agenda. We met at the very cool new AC Marriott Hotel in Kingston. It was very well attended by … More Minister Daryl Vaz’s Remarks at the Pre-COP 25 Meeting and Launch of Jamaica’s Green Climate Fund Country Programme

Jamaica To Sign Important Regional Agreement on Access to Information and Environmental Justice

I did mention to a few online friends that there was some good news contained in Minister Daryl Vaz’s speech at the launch of the Green Expo on May 22 – International Biodiversity Day – which I described in my last post. “Good news?” chorused the cynical Facebookers. “Really? Tell us!” Well yes – I … More Jamaica To Sign Important Regional Agreement on Access to Information and Environmental Justice

JET Welcomes Decision to Use LNG for Nain Aluminium Refinery Power Plant

Breathing a huge sigh of relief over this announcement yesterday! The possibility of a coal-powered plant that Mining Minister Mike Henry announced would be built at the aluminium plant in Nain, St. Elizabeth has been hanging over our heads for over a year now. A coal power plant would have been a nightmare for Jamaica’s air quality … More JET Welcomes Decision to Use LNG for Nain Aluminium Refinery Power Plant

Installation of Real Time Automatic Weather Stations Begins Across Jamaica

I can’t believe there is another storm brewing, just to the west of us, that might develop into Tropical Storm Philippe by tomorrow morning. It seems to be tracking some distance away from Jamaica, but Cuba and the Bahamas are already issuing warnings. I keep wondering when our luck is going to run out, this … More Installation of Real Time Automatic Weather Stations Begins Across Jamaica

#5in4: The Economic Growth Council Looking “Cool”

Five per cent annual GDP growth in four years. That’s what #5in4 means. Doable? Well, let’s see now… The Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston was my favorite cinema before it closed a few years back; it had cozy comfortable seats but not many filmgoers. This evening it was the venue for a special event organized … More #5in4: The Economic Growth Council Looking “Cool”

Why Coal? Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals Urges Disclosure

I had a conversation on radio this morning, hosted by Marvia Lawes, together with Eleanor Jones, CEO of Environmental Solutions Limited – who made several of the points below spelled out in yesterday’s press release by the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals. We need much more information on this planned project and would urge the … More Why Coal? Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals Urges Disclosure

Women Say No to Coal: 51% Coalition’s Open Letter to Prime Minister Holness

Please find below an Open Letter from the 51% Coalition – Women in Partnership for Development and Empowerment. This letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, expresses concern over the proposed coal-fired power plant for an industrial park in Nain, St. Elizabeth.  The Most Honourable Andrew Holness, ON, MP   August 8, 2016 Dear Prime Minister: … More Women Say No to Coal: 51% Coalition’s Open Letter to Prime Minister Holness

#RuralWomenTalk: The 51% Coalition Goes on the Road

The 51% Coalition has been busy. With funding from UN Women and with the partnership of Fi Wi Jamaica, the Jamaica Network of Rural Women Producers and others, the Coalition has traveled to several corners of the island for discussions with women on their issues, their concerns – and solutions. Each session also included presentations on human rights and … More #RuralWomenTalk: The 51% Coalition Goes on the Road