Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Nine youth groups, headed by the Jamaica Climate Change Youth Council, have sent an Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Hon. Andrew Holness. Here is the text, which they shared online today (November 19, 2020). Congratulations to the driving force behind this, #Youth4PuertoBueno. Dear Prime Minister: On behalf of Jamaicans who have … More Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Jamaica: Youth Request Greater Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

The Climate Innovation Challenge: an Opportunity for Green Entrepreneurs NOW

I am putting this out there because the deadline for this amazing opportunity launched by the Jamaica National (JN) Foundation is this coming Sunday, October 11, 2020. Yes, you’ve got three days. “Climate change is impacting our region now,” says climate change consultant Asia Williams. Temperatures are rising on land and sea; sea levels are … More The Climate Innovation Challenge: an Opportunity for Green Entrepreneurs NOW

View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

Recently, I found myself on the top of a hill in South St. Elizabeth. This part of the parish has a special aura. It is warm as toast, dry as bone – and yet,  fruitful. It has been called the “bread basket” of Jamaica. St. Elizabeth people are soft-spoken. St. Elizabeth farmers are known for … More View From a Hill: Smoking Chimneys and the Farmers’ Plight

The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

I was sitting at a table with a group of women farmers from the deep hills of St. Thomas on May 17. They were wearing daffodil yellow and purple T-shirts, and their smiles were just as bright. These were some of the 166 graduates of the Farmer Field School climate-smart agriculture training implemented by the … More The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

Rock Hall Community Gets Thirty-year-old Tank Repaired

With climate change raising temperatures and sparking droughts across the Caribbean (and of course globally), access to water and the conservation of water are becoming increasingly critical factors for communities across the island. Many water storage and distribution systems, especially in rural areas, are old and outdated. Several entities are currently working on water concerns … More Rock Hall Community Gets Thirty-year-old Tank Repaired

“The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop

Do you know about Build Better Jamaica? Do you know about the Net Zero Energy Building Project? If not, why not?  On March 23 I attended an Energy Policy Workshop organised by this pioneering project of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute for Sustainable Development. The workshop was supported by the United Nations Environment … More “The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop

Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Seeks Climate Change Adaptation Projects for Funding

The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) has just issued a new Call for Proposals for projects that help communities across the island adapt to climate change. This is part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) US$1.4 million Adaptation Program and Financing Mechanisms for Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), rolled out by EFJ in collaboration with … More Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Seeks Climate Change Adaptation Projects for Funding

Walking for Climate Change in Jamaica: October 24, Emancipation Park

It’s a cliché, I know, but we need to remind ourselves, yet again: Climate change is here, and now. What more proof do we need than the second long, arduous summer of drought here in Jamaica: fields full of crops, shriveled and dying, and the tap making that dry, rasping sound when no water is … More Walking for Climate Change in Jamaica: October 24, Emancipation Park

A Call to Action on Climate Change: A Youth View from Adrian Watson

I said I would not be blogging much, and this is in fact a guest blog by Adrian O. Watson, a member of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network in Jamaica, Projects Coordinator/National Focal Point and a member of Junior Chamber International in Kingston. He sent it to me a couple of weeks ago, and I … More A Call to Action on Climate Change: A Youth View from Adrian Watson

Work Continues on China-Backed Nicaragua Canal Amid Serious Opposition

I have written before about the “systematic dismantling of Paradise” and have used the construction of a canal – cutting a huge swathe through nature reserves, indigenous lands, people’s homes and agricultural properties in Nicaragua – as a prime example in this hemisphere. The development also threatens the country’s major source of fresh water, Lake … More Work Continues on China-Backed Nicaragua Canal Amid Serious Opposition