Make Jamaica Green Again: 10 Powerful Women Leading the Sustainability Movement


[Many thanks to James Ellsmore for sharing this item with us.] Ellsmore features ten women who are leaders in the sustainability movement in the Caribbean, in particular, Jamaica. He offers detailed information on the roles these ten women play in trying to neutralize the ravages of climate change. Read the complete article at Forbes. Ellsmore writes:

Jamaica is a green, island nation situated in the heart of the Caribbean. The island is the third-largest of the Greater Antilles, behind Cuba and Hispaniola (the island containing the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic). With a population of just 3 million people, Jamaica is well known the world over for its vibrant culture – an impressive feat for a nation of its size.

Millions of tourists each year visit Jamaica for its spectacular natural landscapes, from the beaches of Portland to the coffee farms of the Blue Mountains. But, like all countries, Jamaica also has to contend with environmental problems that are compounded by being a small island nation. As the world wakes up to the risks of climate change, the threats of sea-level rise and strong hurricanes are very clear to the island. But Jamaica is also home to activists and entrepreneurs dedicated to championing a sustainable future

In the past, Jamaica has banned disposable plastic and committed to 50% renewable energy by 2030. There are many men and women in Jamaica doing fantastic work in sustainability and beyond, and this is just a small sample of the island’s talent.

From NGOs, government and private sector, meet some of the women championing sustainability on this Caribbean Island nation  – with impressive results.

Ellsmore describes the following women leaders:

  • Heather Pinnock (Acting General Manager, Urban Development Corporation)
  • Claire Nelson (Chief Ideation Leader, Futures Forum)
  • Suzanne Stanley (CEO, Jamaica Environment Trust)
  • Lisa Binns (Founder, Stush in the Bush)
  • Lauren Le Franc (Founder, The Little Coffee Company)
  • Emma Lewis (Blogger and Environmental Advocate)
  • Allison Rangolan (Chief Technical Director, Environmental Foundation of Jamaica)
  • Andrea Dempster-Chung (Founder, Kingston Creative)
  • Susan Otuokon (Executive Director, Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust)
  • Valrie Grant (Managing Director, GeoTechVision Enterprises)

For full article and descriptions, see

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We also recommend The Renewable Energy Entrepreneurs Lighting Up Jamaica.

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