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

Is This Really “Development”?

This letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness from a group of Neighborhood Associations in Kingston (we are residents and members of one) outlines the dilemma of long-established residential areas such as ours. It was published in the Jamaica Observer here. I also wrote about our important community planning meeting last year on my Gleaner blog page. Thanks … More Is This Really “Development”?

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 Many water storage and distribution systems, especially in rural areas, are old and outdated.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

Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018

The weather is warming, and could it really be the month of March? Agriculture: There seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the coffee industry. There are rumours that the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory in the Blue Mountains, now owned by Michael Lee-Chin (who knew?) may close, but these have been denied. Caribbean: We think we … More Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018

Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)

There is a lot going on at this year’s UN Conference on Climate Change (COP23) in Bonn. Since there is a major focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with the Pacific island of Fiji as this year’s host, it is understandable that Caribbean delegates are working especially hard.  An hour or so ago, the … More Caribbean Youth Environment Network Partners with Solar Head of State at COP23 (and Introducing Youth Delegates)

Kids no Longer to be Sent Home from School Because of Lack of Water, Thanks to Climate Change Grants

Climate change has all kinds of impacts on people’s lives that may not be obvious – but they are there. They may be small things – but they are important to Jamaicans’ lifestyle, healthy living, and productivity too.  I recently visited Mount Airy Primary and Infant School in Clarendon with a team from the Environmental … More Kids no Longer to be Sent Home from School Because of Lack of Water, Thanks to Climate Change Grants

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

Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Grants Totaling J$84.9 Million Will Help Communities with Climate Change Adaptation

This is very exciting news for Jamaica’s fight against climate change. No less than eighteen non-governmental and community-based organizations will receive grants totaling close to J$85 million next Monday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the Knutsford Court Hotel. And more grants are being reviewed for approval next month. I will be sharing more information … More Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Grants Totaling J$84.9 Million Will Help Communities with Climate Change Adaptation

Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project

I am a little late in sharing this September 19, 2016 press release from our friends at the United Nations Environment Programme – Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP-CEP) about a very important project that opened very  recently (on September 20-21) in Kingston. Topics such as International Waters, Land Degradation, Biodiversity, and Sustainable Forest Management are of … More Small Islands, Big Ambitions for Better Land, Water and Biodiversity Management: UNEP’s Largest Ever Caribbean Project

New Choreographer Needed, A Bad Habit, and Artificial Recharge is In: Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July to all my readers in the United States!  I hope you are enjoying the holiday and that the results of the barbecue have been good, so far. For us in Jamaica, the rain dancing is on in earnest, although I think we need to find a new choreographer; it’s not working. … More New Choreographer Needed, A Bad Habit, and Artificial Recharge is In: Saturday, July 4, 2015