Today, June 5, is World Environment Day!
Across the world, the day is being commemorated under the theme "Connecting People to Nature". The theme is a call for us to reflect on how nature is important to our lives and how we can be better stewards of this important resource.
In Jamaica, we are celebrating National Environmental Awareness Week under the theme "Protecting Paradise". The launch officially began with a church service on June 4 at the Webster Memorial United Church.
The Sustainable Development and Regional Planning Division partnered with the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) to create a story map entitled "A Special Place, A Strong People". The map is just one way that technology can connect people to nature. It features the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, Jamaica's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Caribbean's only mixed (natural and cultural) site. It was entered into the 2017 International Story Map Competition put on by ESRI; the winners will be revealed at the ESRI GIS User Conference in San Diego in July, 2017.
Spread the word and let's protect our paradise together!