Riverton Smoke Signals: A Distress Call

One of the oldest methods of long distance communication is the smoke signal.  Since last Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Jamaica has been sending an urgent and persistent smoke signal for all who care to see: H-E-L-P. The Riverton Dump, the main dumping site for all manner of waste produced by Jamaicans, is on fire.  It … Continue reading

Environment v. Development…and the Loss of Our Dignity

I cannot get them out of my head. Thoughts of them stop me every time I begin to delve into the tangled theories and murky machinations at work behind the proposed Goat Island/Logistics Hub development plan, or the Bog Walk Dam, or the fate of the Falmouth Pier.  I feel I cannot get into those weeds … Continue reading

“Soft Sustainability” and Jamaica – A Twitter Conversation with Minister Damion Crawford

Earlier this evening I saw the following tweets from Government Of Jamaica State Minister Damion Crawford As it turns out we ended up in a long-ish Twitter conversation about his statements, which I have captured here.  (I can’t figure out how to embed it into the post but if I do I’ll update the post.) … Continue reading

Do You Waste Food?

How much food do you think you waste each day? A pound? Quarter pound? I’m guessing that you’ve never really thought about it like that. Sometimes we may feel a twinge of guilt for cooking too much pasta or boiled bananas and being unable to finish it. You scrape what’s left in the garbage and … Continue reading

Last Week’s News: “Wasting Jamaica” by Diana McCaulay

Ms. McCaulay’s blog post really needs little introduction. Aside from her obvious love of and grief over the treatment of Jamaica’s environment by Jamaicans and the Jamaican government, I was struck by her description of the GOJ’s response to the situation in Pedro Cays. O? Keep it hidden, eh? Don’t be rude? Well maybe the … Continue reading

The Urban “Development” Corporation and Winnifred Beach

Yesterday this flashed across my Twitter timeline O Lord, what now? (Click image to be taken to article) I clicked the link and read the article.  As I feared, plans are afoot to “develop” the area adjoining Winnifred Beach in Portland, which would undoubtedly result in limited or no access to the beach for the … Continue reading

Travel Memories: Portland, Jamaica

I think that Portland is one of Jamaica’s most picturesque parishes.  It certainly is very lush.  It’s been some time since I visited — *sniffle* — but looking through my pictures soothes the longing to go back.  It really is a mellow, calming, soul-refreshing experience to be in Portland.  I think that Portland and St. … Continue reading

Lessons from the Flooding Along the Mississippi

As I read news about the delicate dance of the Army Corps of Engineers as it directs sand-bagging of levees & flood gate opening along the Mississippi River, I couldn’t help but wonder about those people who would have federal, state, and local governments pay scant attention to the environment.   And by scant attention … Continue reading