Tuesday March 21st
Theresa Rodriguez-Moodie, PhD. Chief Executive Officer, Jamaica Environment Trust will speak of the environmental and social problems associated with the 70 year old Bauxite-Alumina Industry in Jamaica, in particular the threat to the health and livelihoods of the people of Cockpit Country. Bauxite mining removes forest cover, blocks and pollutes waterways, displaces residents, threatens agricultural livelihoods and compromises air quality.
Cockpit Country is the largest remaining natural forest in Jamaica. It is the source of six major rivers and supplies about 40% of Jamaica’s water needs. While a significant portion of Cockpit Country was only recently legally protected in early 2022, there is no buffer zone and about 30% of the area remains unprotected and open to mining. Jamaica is facing major negative impacts from Global Climate Change – unpredictable rainfall, and extreme weather events including drought. Ensuring the preservation of Cockpit Country is key to promoting climate resilience.
Dr Theresa Rodriguez-Moodie
Chief Executive Officer at Jamaica Environment Trust