International Coastal Clean Up Day Is Still On – With a Difference


Just as I was wondering whether Jamaica’s International Coastal Cleanup Day would be possible this year, the coordinators, Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), informed us that it will take place – keeping COVID-19 protocols strictly in mind. And, as I noted in the previous blog post, technology is playing a part in this time of the pandemic, … More International Coastal Clean Up Day Is Still On – With a Difference

PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Raises J$110 Million To Date


  I recently mentioned the PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund – and I also mentioned the plight of our most vulnerable citizens during this period. The PSOJ’s Fund – a partnership with three key organizations – is almost half way to its goal. And it has a specific focus on those Jamaicans most in need … More PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Raises J$110 Million To Date

Coastal Cleanups Lined Up for Every Major Coastal Town on September 21


I am saving my energy for International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day Jamaica 2019 – this coming Saturday, September 21. I hope you will be participating! Congratulations to the Jamaica Environment Trust for again gathering a huge number of volunteers and registered sites – see the full list in the press release below; and cheers to the awesome … More Coastal Cleanups Lined Up for Every Major Coastal Town on September 21

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

168 Sites Registered for International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018!


Here’s an update on International Coastal Cleanup Day 2018. This year the flagship cleanup in Kingston will be at the Go Kart Track on Palisadoes (turn right just before you reach Norman Manley International Airport). Teams wishing to volunteer at any of the sites must register online by 12:00 noon on September 6!  Here is the … More 168 Sites Registered for International Coastal Cleanup Day Jamaica 2018!

JET Launches International Coastal Cleanup Day, September 15 2018…with a Beach Cleanup


See you on International Coastal Cleanup Day, September 15! Here’s a press release from Jamaica Environment Trust. July 31, 2018 On Monday, July 30, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) kicked off its 2018 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day activities with a beach cleanup on the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston. In a little over one hour … More JET Launches International Coastal Cleanup Day, September 15 2018…with a Beach Cleanup

Sharper Yet: The Hurdles Crew and Youth Inspiring Positive Change


It’s not often that I can be found sipping coffee in the company of a large group of young volunteers and their partners and sponsors on a Sunday morning. But so it was today, in a cool tent at the lovely Terra Nova Hotel in the heart of steamy, warm Kingston. The Positive Organisation (Youths … More Sharper Yet: The Hurdles Crew and Youth Inspiring Positive Change

Jamaica Environment Trust Needs Your Support!


I described the dilemma of our non-governmental organisations (with one or two exceptions) that are scraping along in an earlier post. Our environmental NGOs are no exception. JET is the most high-profile of these I believe, due to their strenuous advocacy on behalf of our environment in the past decade or two (the NGO celebrated its 25th … More Jamaica Environment Trust Needs Your Support!

Results of JET’s 2017 Cleanup Campaigns Underscore Jamaica’s Plastic Problem


JET has just released two reports on its impressive cleanup efforts last year. It’s no surprise that plastic dominated their findings. A TOTAL OF 315,517 plastic bottles collected! Here’s their press release. Do read the reports, and let it sink in. What are you doing today to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle plastic – bottles in particular? … More Results of JET’s 2017 Cleanup Campaigns Underscore Jamaica’s Plastic Problem

Environmental NGOs Need Funds: Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust


I’m quite sure that many Jamaicans think non-governmental organisations (NGOs) exist on thin air. They do not. In fact, they exist by stretching their dollars as far as they can go – and then stretching them some more. Quite often, NGO workers are volunteers or semi-volunteers. Quite often, the heads of NGOs dip into their … More Environmental NGOs Need Funds: Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust