The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost


You may have missed this (as I almost did in the horrendous month of January) – but the Forestry Department has been busy. You may recall that last October Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a “Three Million Trees in Three Years” project. The numbers are great, but the devil is in the details. Does the … More The Forest Factor: Millions of Trees Planted, Too Many Lost

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 Di Road! JET Wants Carnival Revelers To Be Neat and Tidy This Year


The weather’s getting warmer and the Easter holiday is nearly upon us, which means it’s Carnival time in Jamaica. The Jamaica Environment Trust has launched a great campaign to raise awareness among revelers who are not TOO distracted by the partying to think about the environment. Big ups to Wisynco Eco and the Tourism Enhancement … More Nuh Dutty Up Di Road! JET Wants Carnival Revelers To Be Neat and Tidy This Year

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

JET’s Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Christmas Campaign: Bring a Bag a (Plastic) Bokkle!


NUH DUTTY UP JAMAICA CHRISTMAS BRING A BAG A BOKKLE   Guys and gals! Trot along to the Mall Plaza on Constant Spring Road in Kingston next Tuesday afternoon (December 11, 3 to  6 pm) and “bring a bag a bokkle” (or “Bring a bag of bottles”) and receive a cool Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica … More JET’s Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica Christmas Campaign: Bring a Bag a (Plastic) Bokkle!

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

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

The Garbage Must Go


I have been on a fairly long hiatus; my brother and his wife were visiting over the holidays from Australia. As often happens, we were acting as willing and enthusiastic tour guides/consultants during their stay. It’s always a delight having visitors. We wanted to show our guests all our favourite Jamaican places, and to explore some … More The Garbage Must Go