A release from the Highway Re-Route Movement (HRM) in Trinidad and Tobago late on December 5, 2012 indicates that agreement has been reached to conduct a full independent review of the proposed Debe to Mon Desir Highway with terms of reference that address their main demands; pending which no work will begin on the contentious highway. Accordingly, Dr Wayne Kublalsingh ended his hunger strike the same evening. On the face it this constitutes a significant victory, not only for him and the HRM, but more broadly for civil society in Trinidad and Tobago; with wider regional implications…
It is difficult to speak without repetition at this stage of the proceedings; after so many have spoken so eloquently about Angela; and from the heart.But I would like to say that of all the qualities that we have heard about; the quality that most earned for Angela the love and respect and esteem of her colleagues, her friends, was the quality of integrity…
A woman of etiquette and distinction Bhoe Tewarie
I’m Sandy, too morally blank to be ashamed.
Born in Central American jungle heat,
sucking moisture from trees long nurtured
by the bloodied victims of protected tyrants…
As seen over and again during recurrent financial crises in both developing and advanced economies (DEs and AEs), including the recent global crisis originating in the US and Europe, financial instability and boom-bust cycles undermine all three ingredients of sustainable development – economic development, social development and environmental protection…
Celebrated scientists and development thinkers have warned that civilisation is faced with a perfect storm of ecological and social problems driven by overpopulation, overconsumption and environmentally malign technologies. In the face of an “absolutely unprecedented emergency”, say the 18 past winners of the Blue Planet prize – the unofficial Nobel for the environment – society has “no choice but to take dramatic action to avert a collapse of civilisation…
The Earth is home to all men, women and children who inhabit it…We have no right to condemn the 2 billion human beings who will be born over the next 40 years to a life of despair, under a sky clouded by millions of tons of greenhouse gases and a sun that seems to shine less brightly every day…
‘The best tribute we can pay to this great woman of Africa is to continue to organise so that we can gain higher levels of spiritual awareness and build the shared values for peace and social justice across the planet,’..
As citizens successfully block a proposed aluminum smelter, is Trinidad and Tobago changing course away from dependence to mega-industrial projects gas to supporting small-scale farmers and fishers?…
The development and production of pharmaceuticals in general – and biotechnological products in particular – is without doubt the most successful example of the Cuban scientific endeavour but it is not the only area of importance for R&D. Another important priority today is energy…Disaster monitoring and mitigation are also taking on a growing role, in light of the threat of stronger hurricanes, droughts, coral bleaching and flooding in future as a consequence of climate change…
Third Distinguished Lecture, The Cropper Foundation; UWI, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago; September 1, 2010
Biodiversity, indigenous knowledge, and sustainable development are very closely linked. The indigenous knowledge systems of the peoples of the South constitute the world largest reservoir of knowledge of the diverse species of plant and animal life on earth. For many centuries, their indigenous agricultural systems have utilized practices and techniques which embody, what one scientist has called ‘Principles of Permanence’- ..
T&T biodiversity holds key to future Michelle Loubon, Trinidad Guardian
Cropper Foundation launches book Michelle Loubon,Trinidad Guardian
Organic agriculture the way to, go–expert Julian Neaves, Trinidad Express
Biodiversity critical to small islands–Sankat Michelle Loubon Trinidad Guardian
The global energy situation is reaching a crisis point in terms of sustainability. The depletion of fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) will continue unabated considering the increasing rate of energy consumption worldwide. It is expected that global energy demand will nearly double by 2050. The new and long term energy future that we envisage will be powered by alternative energy and cleaner fossil fuels. Billions of dollars must be expended on upgrading electricity transmission networks to handle increased demand and the variable input of renewables such as wind and solar. Much of the capital financing will come from private investment, but Governments will need to continue to implement policies that foster investment by private companies in order to encourage the growth of renewables. The enormity of the challenge also means that Governments should do their part to encourage the societal and technological shift towards new and improved energy systems. As civil society and political leaders face the difficult and varied choices, they should remember that failure to act now could force society into more painful choices in the future. We can no longer afford to ignore the clarion call of the future. Instead we must plan ahead and strive toward energy sustainability and security. Despite the hurdles confronting us, the drive to create a new energy system can only be beneficial to everyone. This new and cleaner energy system will assist in reducing the rapid rise in greenhouse gas emissions that is now accepted as a contributor to global warming. Competition among energy sources will stimulate innovation, keep energy affordable and increase global energy security. That is the mission, and the New Agenda. This book deals with conventional as well as renewable energy sources, sustainable architecture, energy efficiency and climate change mitigation.
Raymond Wright, a former Group Managing Director of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, has experience and expertise in a wide range of energy matters. He is trained as a geologist and is a former Commissioner of Mines and Geology. He has co-edited a major work, Geological Society of America Memoir 182, Biostratigraphy of Jamaica, published in 1993. He has published widely in various international journals and books on many subjects including energy, environment, resource policy, micropaleontology and stratigraphy. He has been a consultant on energy programmes and policy for a number of multilateral and bilateral agencies on most continents. Dr Wright holds a PhD from Stanford University, an MPhil from University College, London and a BSc from Durham University. Dr. Wright has received several awards, including the Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD) conferred in 1989 and the Chubb Award for Excellence from the Geological Society of Jamaica in 1993. At the 2002 World Renewable Energy Congress in Cologne, Germany, he was awarded the accolade of Pioneer in Renewables. His most recent awards are the inaugural CARICOM Science Medal for the excellence of his contribution to the earth sciences in the Caribbean, and the Jamaican National Medal for Science and Technology (2008).
Available at http://www.amazon.com/Energy-Agenda-Raymond-M-Wright/dp/9768217820
It is with great sadness, and a sense of tremendous loss, that the Caribbean economics fraternity has learnt of the passing of Professor Dennis Pantin, former chair of the Economics Department and Coordinator of the Sustainable Economic Development Unit at the UWI, St Augustine…
Professor Dennis Pantin has died UWI News Release
‘A tremendous loss’ Trinidad Express
A great loss Jamaica Observer
Economist Pantin dies at 61 Trinidad Guardian
Tribute to Professor Dennis Pantin BBC Caribbean
‘He served T&T with passion Finance Minister Winston Dookeran
Dennis Pantin: A Life Lived Well Emancipation Support Committee
Pantin believed in Caribbean economic model Dr Ralph Henry
Pantin laid to rest Trinidad Express
Dennis was a man of integrity â€“ Fr Harvey, Trinidad Guardian (Michelle Loubon), July 21, 2010, http://guardian.co.tt/news/general/2010/07/21/dennis-was-man-integrity-fr-harvey
ESC remembers Dennis Pantin, Newsday, July 19, 2010, http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,124281.html
Passing on the dream, Trinidad Express (Michael Harris), July 19, 2010, http://www.trinidadexpress.com/commentaries/98723999.html
Dennis Pantin: A life well lived, Trinidad Express, July 18, 2010, http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/98690239.html
Pantin made massive contribution, Trinidad Express, July 18, 2010, http://www.trinidadexpress.com/letters/98721199.html
CARICOM Secretary-General mourns the passing of Prof. Pantin, CARICOM Secretariat website, July 16, 2010, http://www.caricom.org/jsp/pressreleases/Pres325_10.jsp,
Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago website, July 17, 2010, http://www.news.gov.tt/index.php?news=4748,
Guyana Chronicle, July 18, 2010, http://www.guyanachronicleonline.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=16209:caricom-mourns-the-passing-of-revered-caribbean-economist&catid=2:news&Itemid=3,
Stabroek News Guyana, July 19, 2010, http://www.stabroeknews.com/2010/stories/07/19/caricom-mourns-dennis-pantin
Birthday funeral for Dennis Pantin, Trinidad Guardian (Michelle Loubon), July 16, 2010, http://guardian.co.tt/news/general/2010/07/16/birthday-funeral-dennis-pantin
He served T&T with passion, Trinidad Express, July 16, 2010, http://www.trinidadexpress.com/business/98579444.html
A major loss for our nation, Trinidad Express, July 15, 2010, http://www.trinidadexpress.com/commentaries/98479709.html
A tremendous loss, Trinidad Express (Curtis Rampersad), July 14, 2010, http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/98392249.html,
Stabroek News Guyana, July 15, 2010, http://www.stabroeknews.com/2010/regional/07/15/uwi-professor-dennis-pantin-dies
Caribbean mourns loss of Professor Dennis Pantin, Prensa Latina, July 14, 2010, http://www.prensa-latina.cu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=205709&Itemid=1
Tribute to Professor Dennis Pantin, BBC Caribbean website (Norman Girvan), July 14, 2010, http://www.bbc.co.uk/caribbean/news/story/2010/07/100714_girvan_dennis_pantin.shtml, Trinidad and Tobago News, July 14, 2010, Antigua Observer, July14, 2010, http://www.antiguaobserver.com/?p=37229, http://www.trinidadandtobagonews.com/blog/?p=4022, Jamaica Observer, July 15, 2010, http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/A-great-loss_7797307, The Gleaner Jamaica, July 16, 2010, http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20100716/news/news91.html
Dennis Pantin, Professor of Economics at the UWI, has died, Government of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago website, July 14, 2010, http://www.news.gov.tt/index.php?news=4701,
Caribbean Daily News, July 14, 2010, http://www.caribbeandailynews.com/?p=13023
Lyrics of ‘Young King’ Prize-winning Calypso, 2010
Never take your mother for granted,/Cause when she dead it’s too late to cry,
Now our precious air is depleted,/We miss her as the well run dry;
For a copy of the MP3 file with the audio of Kwesi Jeffers singing “Climate Change” send an email to Christophe Grant at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Until very recently, the discussion revolved around the kind of society we would have. Today, the discussion centers on whether human society will survive.
Martin Khor is Executive Director of the South Centre. South Centre Climate Policy Brief.
Click here for paper, (PDF file)
6 November, Barcelona – The 43-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) today expressed outrage at attempts this week to steamroll the world’s most vulnerable countries into accepting a watered down political agreement at the Copenhagen Climate Summit this December, rather than internationally legally binding outcomes…
I read with great interest the information provided by Joyce van Genderen-Naar on the announced EU-FAO-Jamaica food production initiative that is annexed below. The initiative will, supposedly, reduce poverty and enhance the country’s food security by assisting small farmers to increase their productivity….I looked in vain for any indication/evidence that the proposed small farmer production model and the urban food production model would be inspired by successful regional pactices in those very areas, rather than by EU and Northern agricultural techniques and practices which would, perforce, be unsuitable for a number of reasons that are too numerous to detail here. The absence of such evidence augurs ill for the success and the sustainability of the EU-Jamaica initiative…
I decided to wait until all the comments on my paper Port of Spain Declaration: A Critical Analysis were posted before making a global response. Four comments were received – those by Norman and Yash in this exchange and two others – by Wendy Lee and Margaret Gill – (Wendy’s contribution is posted on the website, Margaret’s is not) in two separate, parallel e-mail exchanges. Notwithstanding the several important points made by Norman and Yash (which I discuss below), it is my opinion that only Wendy’s and Margaret’s contribution grasped the essential issue involved – sustainable development.
Wendy posed the crucially important question “How can we get decision-makers to absorb and act on the information that is so readily available about sustainable development IMPERATIVES, including critical ecological requirements, instead of pursuing the same old false, unjust and unsustainable models?” Margaret identified another key aspect (one that I explored in the paper) – how do we inform and educate the Caricom public on that essential issue.