Student recyclers

Cadin-Reece James displays planters made from used PET bottles at his Go Green Growers booth.Photo: Reach Academy

The campus of Reach Academy in the Barbican area of St Andrew was transformed into a recycler’s market last Friday, with students from grades 4-6 mounting exhibits and selling products they made from recycled materials, primarily plastic bottles and used tyres. Items on display included self- ... Read More

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith (centre) signs the Paris Agreement on Climate Change yesterday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Four ways for the Paris Agreement to come into effect
The Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nations in New York last week exceeded all expect ... Read More

Styrofoam, a non-biodegradable material, is used to make food containers like this lunch box. Photo: Joseph Wellington          NRCA ready to promote reduction in plastics, styrofoam use
THE Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA)is preparing to start dialogue with manufacturers ... Read More

JMMB’s Taneka Lawrence (left), is assisted by Portmore residents Nardian Fraser (centre) and Tanikque Bird to plant a neem tree, which is thought to have mosquito and other insect repellant properties, as part of JMMB’s Earth Day campaign, last Saturday. JMMB in partnership with the Forestry Department, Portmore Municipal Council and residents planted over 100 neem trees on the occasion. Forestry Department facilitates planting of 2,000 trees
The Forestry Department is reporting that, along with several partners, it saw to the planting of mo ... Read More

Sandals plants 1,500 trees across Caribbean

Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

Sandals Foundation volunteers from the Ocho Rios region, along with members of the Forestry Department, preparing to plant a number of trees in the Bogue section of the Dunn’s River watershed.

Fifteen hundred trees in six countries. That was the goal that Sandals Foundation and its partners met on Earth Day, last Friday. Seedlings were planted in Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, St Lucia, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), and in Jamaica, where 900 trees were planted across Bogue in St Ann; Bog in Westmoreland and Burnt Ground in Hanover. Environmental officer for the foundation Jonathan Hernould said the dedication of the volunteers was nothing short of inspiring. “It ... Read More

Terrariums for Earth

Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

Lasco’s public relations officer Sachelle Gooden (left) and brand manager Nicole Masters (right) accept the Earth Day presentation from the <InfoBold>Observer</InfoBold>’s environment editor Kimone Thompson.Photo: Collin Green

The Jamaica Observer continued with its Earth Day awards to some of its environmentally conscious corporate clients yesterday, gifting Lasco Distributors, Island Grill, and Courts Jamaica with terrariums — gardens of, in this case, succulents and cacti, in glass jars. Earth Day was observed globally last Friday under the theme ‘Trees for the Earth’. Read More

Making Earth Day 2016 count — The Panos Caribbean story

Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

Singer/songwriter Cameal Davis — one of Panos Caribbean’s Voices for Climate Change Education artistes — plants a tree with the help of students from Portland.

PANOS Caribbean team members, together with artistes from the organisation’s Voices for Climate Change Education Project, worked collaboratively to make Earth Day 2016 count — they have planted trees. “About two weeks ago, one of our team members, Nastassia Fyffe, came to me indicating that Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) was looking for partners to help them plant 5,000 trees this Earth Day, while undertaking to donate $100 to the Forestry Department for every photo uploa ... Read More

Anti-litter fines to increase — McKenzie

Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

Desmond McKenzie

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has warned that the fines for littering are soon to be increased, taking them from the current $2000 to an amount that “hurts in the pocket”. Speaking at a town hall meeting at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre last Thursday, McKenzie said the review was being undertaken because the current fine structure was not proving to be a deterrent to those who dispose of garbage in public places, especially those dumping c ... Read More

Mother Earth thanks you

Friday, April 22, 2016    

Environment Editor at the Observer Kimone Thompson (left) presents a terrarium to Renee Whitehorne, marketing manager of CIBC First Caribbean International Bank.Photo: Antonio Graham

In a nod to Earth Day, being celebrated across the world today, the Jamaica Observer gifted some of its environmentally conscious corporate clients with tiny potted gardens and terrariums, yesterday. The companies – including Red Stripe, JMMB, Scotiabank, NCB, CIBC FirstCaribbean, and Digicel — either incorporate green practices into their operations or donate to environmental causes. In some cases they do both. Earth Day is observed annually on April 22. The theme this year is T ... Read More

No Styrofoam on Friday

Wednesday, April 20, 2016    

Styrofoam, a non-biodegradable material, is used to make food containers like this lunch box. Photo: Joseph Wellington

Lunchtime Friday, which will be observed as Earth Day, should take an interesting turn if the public heeds calls from government’s environment and planning agency to avoid using the common take-out material styrofoam. The alternatives are either to dine-in and use China, take lunch from home in reusable containers, or utilise biodegradable paper products, which at least one major local eatery has already started to use. Styrofoam is used to make plates, lunch boxes, cups, among other t ... Read More

How low will solar prices go?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016    

The project involves the purchase and installation of off-grid and grid-tied solar photovoltaic energy generating and storage systems/units and the training of beneficiaries in the use and maintenance of the systems.

If the Peru and Mexico auctions are any indication, Latin American markets are establishing a new, and very low, normal for solar prices. Peru recently awarded a solar power purchase agreement (PPA) at $47.98/MWh to Enel Green Power (EGP), making headlines as the lowest PPA on record. But just weeks later, EGP beat its own a record in Mexico’s auction with a PPA price of $35.44/MWh for solar PV, and an average price for all awardees of $50.77/MWh for wind and solar. What’s pushing t ... Read More

Sun, sea...and solid waste?

Wednesday, April 20, 2016    

Solid waste litters the edge of the Kingston Harbour.Photo: Gorgette Beckford

HIGH school and university students from 11 institutions are expected to present the findings of their research into the implications of improper garbage disposal on the island in an exhibition at the Terra Nova All-Suites Hotel on Friday. Friday will be observed as Earth Day. The theme of the exhibition is ‘Sun, Sea...and Solid Waste?’ It is part of a Tourism Action Club Research Day and Awards Ceremony put on each year by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), Tourism Enhancement F ... Read More

JMMB to plant 5,000 trees

Wednesday, April 20, 2016    

Neem has insect repellent properties.

In observance of Earth Day, this Friday, the JMMB Group plans to plant 5,000 trees in the Corporate Area and will contribute $100 per tree planted, up to $50,000, to the Forestry Department. The planting started this week and will continue until the end of the month. “The Earth Day campaign is designed to encourage individuals, especially those living in urban areas, to plant at least 5,000 trees over a two-week period. So far, we have planted a few dozen trees,” Corporate Communic ... Read More

55,000 trees in five years

Wednesday, April 13, 2016    

Trees help fight global warming by absorbing C02 from our atmosphere.

St Kitts and Nevis, a two-island state in the Caribbean with a population of 55,000 people, has announced that it will use Earth Day 2016 to kick off a project which will see it planting 55,000 trees — one for each citizen – over the next five years. That’s almost 500 trees per square mile, given that the islands together cover 100 square miles. Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year. This year’s theme is ‘Trees for the Earth’. “Planting 55,00 ... Read More



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