Panoramic view of the Blue & John Crow Mountains, Jamaica. Xaymaca is the Taino name for Jamaica which translates into “land of wood and water” but how much wood and how much water does Jamaica have today? … [Read more...] about Learning about Jamaica’s Forests by Hiking the Blue Mountains
Members of the IDB Team pose next to bags of trash picked up at Wickie Wackie beach in St. Thomas, Jamaica. Each year in September, thousands of volunteers comb lakes, rivers, and beaches around the world for all kinds of waste. These volunteers are the driving force behind the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day, a hallmark initiative of the Ocean Conservancy (OC), which … [Read more...] about How to do a beach cleanup? Jamaicans can tell you all about it.
What exactly is an energy-efficient home? A more efficient home implies a reduced use of energy and other resources, such as water. How can an energy-efficient home benefit your personal economy and the environment? First, when we reduce the consumption of energy at home, we help to reduce the impact of climate change on a global scale because we produce fewer … [Read more...] about Five low-cost technologies to make your home more energy-efficient
On a recent visit to a Jamaican School, I was transported back in time to my childhood. I grew up in a rural area. Our house sat in the middle of a quintessentially English village with gardens and fields, a river, rolling green hills which abruptly turn into limestone cliffs and then tumble into the sea. Given my rural upbringing in a particularly beautiful part of the … [Read more...] about Putting biodiversity education in the fast lane in Jamaica
Can you imagine yourself walking 500 meters or even a mile every day to get water to cover your basic needs? Can you imagine thinking that every drop you use has to be efficiently distributed between cooking, cleaning and personal use and just a minimal waste can represent another trip to the nearest community water pond or water truck? Five hundred meters it’s not such a long … [Read more...] about The bucket challenge in Jamaica