As We See It


 

ARE WE LOSING OUR PARADISE?

Posted by Editor (Wendy) on Feb 10 2017 at 12:16 AM
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Jamaica’s environment has inspired many songwriters over the years, our land of wood and water has attracted many billionaires and movie stars, most notably Errol Flynn, to grab a piece of the rock, a love affair of a lifetime, but sadly due to neglect of our environment, as happened in Haiti, we could be facing a difficult future.

Jamaica’s Forrestry Department has reported that the country has lost 95.5% or 2,124 hectares of its swamp forrest over the past fifteen years and what’s left represents only 0.1% of our total forrest cover that accounts for 40% of our land surface.

But that’s not all, Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has pointed to data from the National Environment Planning Agency (NEPA) that shows that air pollution in areas such as Spanish Town Road, Mona and Rockfort declined to the worst ever readings in 2015 and what’s frightening is that NEPA does not have the equipment to monitor critical air quality standards, are we really serious?

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