Post-Zeta the Question is: How much longer will we continue neglecting our environment?


Tomorrow, or maybe the next day, we will start picking up the pieces. Tropical Storm Zeta has passed us by, but according to the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, is “interacting” with a tropical wave. Sort of a double whammy, created by an intermingling of systems. There is a flash flood warning, and the rains may … More Post-Zeta the Question is: How much longer will we continue neglecting our environment?

World Environment Day: Cockpit Country, Air Pollution… and Solutions?


Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 5) is the United Nations’ World Environment Day. This year’s venue is China, where the theme will be Air Pollution (see below) and if you click on that link above you can learn more from the UN. Some people say there are too many of these “special days” but I don’t have a … More World Environment Day: Cockpit Country, Air Pollution… and Solutions?

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

Coffee News from the Blue Mountains


Last year we had a memorable trip up into the Yallahs-Hope Watershed with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). As part of the project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), farmers are trained in Field Schools in sustainable land management. There is also a push towards agro-forestry, which … More Coffee News from the Blue Mountains

“No Fyah!” NEPA Announces a “No Open Burning” Order for Fire-Prone Areas


It is a little late to inform you about this particular event – but the message must go out, anyway. First thing tomorrow morning (Friday, February 16, 8:00 a.m.), in Papine Square, St. Andrew, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will host an “Anti-burning Road Show,” in partnership with the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Forestry Department, Rural … More “No Fyah!” NEPA Announces a “No Open Burning” Order for Fire-Prone Areas

#WithNature This World Environment Day – in Jamaica and Everywhere


The theme for World Environment Day (June 5) this year is a good one: Connecting People to Nature. The hashtag is #WithNature  It’s important for us to make that special connection with nature. Yes, we know it feels good. And yet I always thought we were part of it already. Perhaps the idea is to … More #WithNature This World Environment Day – in Jamaica and Everywhere

Jamaica’s Million Tree Challenge Takes Root This Labour Day


Well, it’s a tall order, but Jamaica is aiming to plant one million trees in the next couple of years – and 155,000 trees this year!  Kudos to the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport for supporting the National Environment and Planning Agency’s (NEPA) Trees for Life campaign this year, starting on Labour Day (May … More Jamaica’s Million Tree Challenge Takes Root This Labour Day

International Day of Forests: A Consultation in Jamaica


The UN International Day of Forests (March 21) has only been around since 2012; but the Forestry Department of Jamaica has been very busy since long before that “official day” was established. In the past few weeks, the Department has been very much focused on a series of public consultations on its Draft National Forest … More International Day of Forests: A Consultation in Jamaica