Earth Day 2022 postscript: Two priorities for Jamaica and the Planet

Earth Day 2022 just slipped past me, while my back was turned – which is most unfortunate. However, I did contribute to a really nice pictorial article produced by Global Voices’ Caribbean team (headed by my ever-encouraging editor, Janine, in Trinidad). We shared our personal memories and thoughts reflected in the photographs we chose. You … More Earth Day 2022 postscript: Two priorities for Jamaica and the Planet

Fifteen Clarendon Communities Consulted on Risk Profiles and Climate Change Adaptation Plans

I have spent some time in the beautiful central parish of Clarendon in the past year. Studies (and recent events) have shown that the area is particularly vulnerable to flooding, prolonged drought, and other impacts of climate change.  Prime Minister Andrew Holness pointed out in Parliament in October that Clarendon was responsible for a large … More Fifteen Clarendon Communities Consulted on Risk Profiles and Climate Change Adaptation Plans

Panos Caribbean Concludes 2019 Voices for Climate Change Education Community-based Campaign

I spent some time this year with a vibrant group of singers, songwriters and community members. They are this year’s Voices for Climate Change. I have written about my experiences in several blog posts. Here is one I wrote for Global Voices. The fairly ambitious project in four rural communities was a learning process for all … More Panos Caribbean Concludes 2019 Voices for Climate Change Education Community-based Campaign

Very Mixed and Confused Thoughts on World Oceans Day

It’s a hot, breezy World Oceans Day in Kingston, Jamaica. Down in Lionel Town, Clarendon, the energy-filled Voices for Climate Change are singing their hearts out at a community concert. “Save the world…” is one of their choruses. Irie FM is there. I know the atmosphere will be joyful, the music will be compulsively catchy … More Very Mixed and Confused Thoughts on World Oceans Day

Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Expands Its Cleanup Network in 2019

During two recent workshops with community activists (and musicians) conducted by Panos Caribbean, the issue of solid waste management – the garbage that clogs our roads, drains, gullies, rivers – and almost every scrap of empty land has been consistently raised. Although the workshops are focusing on climate change, the issue comes up repeatedly (along … More Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Expands Its Cleanup Network in 2019

Thoughts on World Water Day (Including a Poem)

World Water Day, and dark rain clouds hung over Kingston all afternoon without a drop of rain falling. A little “blessing” would have been nice. I attended the launch of the Jamaican Government/United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Green Economy Scoping Study for Jamaica. On the lawns of Devon House outside, the World Water Day exhibition booths … More Thoughts on World Water Day (Including a Poem)

New Year Homilies, The Gas Gets Worse and Honoring a National Hero: Sunday, January 3, 2016

My first news post of 2016, and nothing of great moment so far – except that Jesse and Walt are in trouble again, this time with Mexican drug dealers… Oh, sorry. We acquired Netflix recently and have become immersed in “Breaking Bad,” which if you haven’t seen it is superior television, even if emotionally draining. New … More New Year Homilies, The Gas Gets Worse and Honoring a National Hero: Sunday, January 3, 2016

One Point Five to Stay Alive: Flash Mob Brings Climate Change Messages to Half Way Tree

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) has just completed its second day in Paris, France. We are all (I trust) acutely aware of the significance of this Conference. Time has run out. It’s pretty much “make or break,” and firm commitments followed by action (with a minimum of posturing and geo-political bickering) are needed. … More One Point Five to Stay Alive: Flash Mob Brings Climate Change Messages to Half Way Tree