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

The threat of deep sea mining hangs over our ocean as negotiations in Jamaica close

To me, it is quite terrifying to imagine that in just over a year’s time, deep sea mining may be given the go-ahead. Greenpeace USA was at the meeting in Kingston, Jamaica of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and has been sounding alarm bells since it began. The meeting ended last Friday, April 1, 2022. … More The threat of deep sea mining hangs over our ocean as negotiations in Jamaica close

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

Paradise or Parking Lot? The Dilemma of Negril Beach

“They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot…” Chairman of Couples Resorts Mr. Lee Issa wryly quoted these lines from Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” at the opening of an urgent press briefing in Kingston last week. The matter at hand has major implications for the resort town of Negril; and also, it is … More Paradise or Parking Lot? The Dilemma of Negril Beach

Let’s Save Jamaica’s Portland Bight Protected Area

The Portland Bight Protected Area (the PBPA) is the largest protected area on the island of Jamaica. It was created in 1999 by the Jamaican Government under the Natural Resources Conservation Act. It encompasses 1,876 sq km of coastal land and sea, including cays such as the Goat Islands. It is home to birds, iguanas, crocodiles, manatees, sea … More Let’s Save Jamaica’s Portland Bight Protected Area

P.S. Happy World Wetlands Day! February 2, 2013

Yes, today is World Wetlands Day. A very last-minute reminder! The Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Anada Tiéga, reminds us this 2013: Our focus this year is the chance for all of us working for wetlands to convince those who manage water that wetlands are not competitors for water but rather they … More P.S. Happy World Wetlands Day! February 2, 2013

Total Destruction

In my Vodpod collection on the left of the screen (scroll down just a little) you will see a video – only two or three minutes long, with no commentary.  But it speaks volumes.  It was made by the Jamaica Environment Trust, a non-governmental organization that continuously – and vividly – describes the slow (or … More Total Destruction