Mon | Dec 18, 2017

McCaulay to speak on Jamaican environment in New York

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Diana McCaulay

Diana McCaulay, Jamaican environmental activist and award-winning writer, will deliver the 13th Annual CIN Lecture on November 15 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York.

McCaulay's presentation to the diaspora, titled: 'The State of the Rock: How do we protect the Jamaican environment', will explore the current state of Jamaica's natural environment and climate - forests, rivers, coral reefs - and the main threats to these natural assets, including climate change and poor environmental management.

She will also outline ways in which the diaspora can help to protect our valuable natural environment.

The CIN Lecture Series is a community forum for hearing visionary Caribbean leaders who reflect on regional affairs and provide hope and direction for the future. Over the years, the lecture has attracted capacity audiences to participate in this unique exchange between Caribbean thought leaders and members of the New York Caribbean community.

McCaulay is a founding member and currently the chief executive officer of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), one of Jamaica's leading environmental non-profit agencies. Over the past 26 years, she has led a wide range of efforts to educate Jamaicans on the importance of the natural environment, as well as organising campaigns to protect the island's special places and filing groundbreaking legal action to build environmental jurisprudence.

She has received several awards for her environmental efforts, including a Bronze Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica, a Ripple Award from the Jamaica Institute of Environmental Professionals and the Order of Distinction (Officer Class) from the Government of Jamaica on Heroes Day 2016.

 

Nobel Peace Prize

 

McCaulay contributed to the InterGovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. She has written several critically acclaimed novels and is in the process of seeking publication for her first non-fiction work on her environmental journey, titled Loving Jamaica.

For the past 12 years, the CIN Lectures have been presented by former prime ministers of Jamaica - P.J. Patterson, Edward Seaga and Bruce Golding; successful persons from the business community, such as Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill; Douglas Orane and Don Wehby of GraceKennedy; and cultural and political icons such as Robert Hill, Rex Nettleford, Ronnie Thwaites, Greg Christie, Peter Phillips and Trevor Munroe. This year's lecture will be streamed live and rebroadcast on CIN TV, reaching the over two million Caribbean-Americans in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

For further information on the upcoming CIN Lecture series, contact CIN at (876) 906-0432, (347) 448-4345 or email: mail@cintvjamaica.com