Against Bauxite Mining in Jamaica

Bauxite or ‘red dirt’, the raw material used in the production of aluminium, has been extracted in Jamaica by open-cast mining since 1952. In the 1960s Jamaica was the leading producer in the world and the industry expanded over the years to include four large refineries which process most of the raw bauxite into alumina before it is exported.
Although the bauxite/alumina industry has produced foreign exchange earnings and a number of jobs, it has always been an environmental disaster, removing forest cover, disturbing and polluting waterways, displacing residents, destroying agricultural livelihoods, compromising air and water quality and thus damaging the health and well-being of thousands of Jamaicans. Large areas of good farmland have been torn up, replaced after mining … Read on ...

Hands off Cockpit Country

CLS public zoom meeting on Sunday February 6th

The mining of Bauxite in the Cockpit Country, is being resisted by the Maroons of Jamaica, who view the destruction of the Cockpit, as an environmental disaster for their sacred homeland.

Speaker Marc Wadsworth

The Jamaica Environment Trust has published A Multidisciplinary Review of the
Bauxite-Alumina Industry in Jamaica.
The full report may be downloaded here… and the executive summary here…

Marc is a descendant of Queen Nanny of the Maroons, he visited the area
after the hurricane in 1988 and helped raise relief funds for the community.

He is an experienced politician, journalist, campaigner and film maker for the BBC. He is a founder member of Black Sections (caucus) within … Read on ...