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Sign Petition to Save Jamaica’s Cockpit Country – Deadline September 30

 “Cockpit Country Water ” is a short video about the importance of Cockpit Country in regulating Jamaica’s water cycle, providing 40% of Jamaica’s clean, fresh water to 6 parishes.
Cockpit Country’s underground reservoir is the most important fresh water source in Jamaica.

 

TO SIGN PETITION, CLICK ON LINK BELOW:
http://opm.gov.jm/participate/jamaica-house-petition/sign-petition/?pet=18

Jamaica’s Cockpit Country is under immediate threat from bauxite mining, which would remove forest cover, block and pollute waterways, displace residents, threaten agricultural livelihoods, compromise air quality and threaten the health and wellbeing of thousands of Jamaican citizens.

Cockpit Country supplies critical fresh water for Jamaica, estimated at 40% of the water needs of six western parishes, and 40% of all Jamaica’s underground water resources. This clean water is generated and accumulated by the forests of Cockpit Country. The water then soaks down into rivers, sinkholes, caves and the aquifer deep underground. A list of all the rivers, streams, upwellings, springs, ponds and glades that rise or flow out of Cockpit Country runs to almost 40, including the Great River, Martha Brae, YS River, Black River and Rio Bueno in the east.

 

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51 Comments

  1. Areanna Campbell
    October 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm — Reply

    Jamaica became independent for a reason and its definitely not this!!!!!!!! Jamaica is our country and not theirs so its a big no to this. I LOVE JAMAICA!

  2. Tania
    September 30, 2017 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    Please stop removing our natural resources.

    I cannot believe that we are people that are so educated but make such poor decisions. It is imperative that we do not deplete the resources to become a concrete Jungle. Concrete does not produce oxygen. There will be so many environmental issues you create as a result of making such a silly decision.

    STOP!!! CEASE AND DESIST!!!!!

  3. Cornella Jones
    September 26, 2017 at 10:51 pm — Reply

    It is always an awesome feeling when all Jamaicans come together for the better of our beautiful country. Jamaica land we love! Save our cockpit!

  4. Sher sher
    September 26, 2017 at 5:56 pm — Reply

    The Jamaica gov. Knows what they are doing. It is never about the country it is always about the money. We need to unite and stand up for this little Island or we will be divided by our own….

  5. YVONNE WINT
    September 25, 2017 at 8:52 am — Reply

    We must save our cockpit country. We must save our beloved country JAMAICA LAND WE LOVE. CUT OT THE MINING WE NEED WATER.

  6. Dr Leon NeilStrong
    September 24, 2017 at 9:20 am — Reply

    Earlier in this century, Jamaica was raped and abused by Alcoa, Alcan, Alpart, Kaiser and other bauxite entities leaving her topography changed, communities disrupted and the economy and life of the people worst off. The Michael Manley government was able to get some level of restitution through the bauxite levy.
    Now here we are again going after the cockpits. Has this govt considered the effects of the natural flora/fauna? The effects on the volcanic activities, the effects on the watersheds? Without which we will have volcanic eruptions, drying up of surface and underground rivers, loss of the mineral baths, further contribution to climate changes, deterioration of the air we breathe (as in China). Removal of our natural protection from natural disasters like hurricanes!!!
    Jamaica must have an actuarial entity in place to levy/tariff any mining entity to cure the damage to the people of Jamaica, restoring natural habitats, watersheds communities, restoration to pre-mining conditions at NO COST to the people of Jamaica!!! Jamaica should be as it was prior to mining at least or MUCH better off. Ja’n govt should have a referendum to determine the preferences of the people the represent and protect.

  7. September 24, 2017 at 7:59 am — Reply

    Mcy mother is 82 she does not understand email so she used mine is that a problem.

    • tracy parr
      September 24, 2017 at 8:50 pm — Reply

      Save jamaica dont sell out Jamaica.
      The chinese would not do the same for us.

  8. Kim Carty
    September 23, 2017 at 10:04 pm — Reply

    I am sick and tired of our Jamaican government selling off our heritage to foreigners. What are we going to be left with to show our children and grand children about our beautiful island if the dam prime minister and his cabinet keep selling out Jamaica. Enough is enough. Can we walk i to America or Canada or China etc and buy off their land marks. Jamaica government is too greedy. We as Jamaicans pride ourselves on the beauty of Jamaica. When everything is sold out to other countries. What are we going to be left with.

    • Dr Leon NeilStrong
      September 24, 2017 at 9:35 am — Reply

      Selling off Jamaica is not the word, GIVING IT AWAY BECAUSE OF GREED is my word.
      Destroying the cockpits is a mistake. It’s a watershed that supplies our underground and surface rivers. The underground waters keeps the volcanoes “sleeping”, drying up these waters will result in active volcanic activities, it will destroy the mineral baths, we will not be able to do the laundry “dung a riva” anymore(they’ll be dried up), we’ll have to walk around with masks(like in China) because of air pollution, the natural flora and fauna will be destroyed. If the government sees it fit to destroy Jamaica let them have a referendum to let the Jamaican people decide their own fate, given the facts. Let Jamaicans decide if they want to destroy the country and leave a polluted country for generations to come. This is not these greedy, idiotic politicians place to decide, let the people decide.

  9. Maud Ebanks
    September 23, 2017 at 9:30 am — Reply

    Preserve our heritage.

  10. M&s Biggs
    September 23, 2017 at 8:52 am — Reply

    Save Cockpit country the government needs to stop destroying the jamaican peoples heritage what belongs to us and not sell out to the CHINESE.

  11. J Hodge
    September 23, 2017 at 2:38 am — Reply

    God Help Jamaica …God save The Cockpit..

  12. Charmaine Porteous
    September 22, 2017 at 10:31 pm — Reply

    I visited the Grand Canyon recently and it was an awesome and amazing experience. Those who seek to destroy the Cockpit Country need an awakening of that sort.

    Save the Cockpit Country for our Children’s children to see and enjoy. And remember say ” A nuh same time leave go a wata bottom it rattn.

  13. September 22, 2017 at 8:19 pm — Reply

    Save our water shed and our cockpit country.

  14. L . Dunbar
    September 22, 2017 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    I am tired of these so-called leaders ( Politicians) all they do is wreck the country. I hope they will not reck our historic habitat, “The Cockpit Country”.

    • Dr Leon NeilStrong
      September 24, 2017 at 9:40 am — Reply

      We need a referendum on any cockpit mining

  15. C. Dowarka
    September 22, 2017 at 6:52 pm — Reply

    What we do today determines our “tomorrow” that will leave either a good or bad legacy for our descendents.
    I say leave a good legacy; Save our cockpit country.

  16. Cassandra Thompson scott
    September 22, 2017 at 12:05 pm — Reply

    The old ancient men in parliament need to step aside for people that think in the 21 – 22 century. Aren’t they rich yet of the resources of our beautiful country..

  17. Ernest. Bent
    September 22, 2017 at 12:03 pm — Reply

    Save our cockpit country Bx NY

  18. morris hinds
    September 22, 2017 at 11:16 am — Reply

    I love my country.the government mean us no good and we still a vote. We need to boycott.them.none of should not vote.

  19. September 22, 2017 at 10:54 am — Reply

    I believe protecting our cockpit country means everything to us…they won’t realize it until it’s too late.

    • Dr Leon NeilStrong
      September 24, 2017 at 9:47 am — Reply

      Saving it means everything: it means continued protection from hurricanes, from volcanic eruptions, saving the watersheds, protecting the flora and fauna, protecting our underground and surface waters, the air we breathe, supporting climate change activities. GOD KNOWS, IT MEANS MUCH MORE. It also means less money in the politicians’ pockets, less taxing of the overtaxed populace.
      WE NEED A REFERENDUM ON THIS!!! Let the people decide!!!🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  20. Noella Brown
    September 22, 2017 at 10:49 am — Reply

    Save the cockpit country

  21. Noella Brown
    September 22, 2017 at 10:48 am — Reply

    Let’s save our cockpit country

  22. September 22, 2017 at 10:42 am — Reply

    We can’t sit back has Jamaican and all company to mine the cockpit country in the lotter days our water is going to become save and we are going to say if we had known so lets just save our cockpit country #

  23. Shamille Bernard
    September 22, 2017 at 10:09 am — Reply

    #savethecockpitcountry

  24. September 22, 2017 at 9:54 am — Reply

    Our precious island jamaica needs to be protected for todays generation and the generations to come what we do today affects our future..i signed this petition because of our natural heritage we need to protect….the chinese are only in this for self gain….not only for bauxite
    mining…jamaica its time for us to wake up and look around both government now previous

  25. Janet Bourne
    September 22, 2017 at 9:15 am — Reply

    Why is the government allowing our natural resources, habitat and beauty to be destroyed for small term gains. Haven’t we seen what years of bauxite mining has done to our country side.

    • Dr NeilStrong
      September 24, 2017 at 9:51 am — Reply

      100% correct

  26. Manju Samtani
    September 22, 2017 at 8:13 am — Reply

    The place/ country I want to live as long as am alive. Save our Cockpit.

  27. Claudette Cox
    September 22, 2017 at 8:06 am — Reply

    unable to sign on

  28. Bob Clarke
    September 22, 2017 at 8:05 am — Reply

    A fi wi island, MY ISLAND DON’T SELL OUT!
    A di only small piece of land we have in a di whole world.
    We caan claim Afrika no more because di Chinese den deh deh to.
    When dem tek ova Jamaica, a weh we have and weh we a go-go?
    A no fi yu Island; is fi we!
    MY ISLAND, DON’T SELL OUT, NO NO, NO, NO, NO.
    We no want to be part of the Chinese world domination, just to have our own little rock fi catch pom. Send dem to America.
    My ISLAND; DON’T SELL OUT, NO NO, NO, NO, NO.

  29. September 22, 2017 at 7:56 am — Reply

    why is the link to sign save Jamaica Cocpit Country not allowing us to sign ?, it’s not September 30th yet. Government sell out enough , leave our reserve alone ,we don’t need Chinese to wreck it.

  30. Curteisha
    September 22, 2017 at 6:31 am — Reply

    I am not able to use the link to sign:( please fix soon….

  31. Ziggi
    September 22, 2017 at 5:00 am — Reply

    Something has happened to the link. It will no longer let you sign. It is not yet 30 th September. Is this something government hackers have done to stop fullfilling to target????

    • Lulu
      September 22, 2017 at 11:10 am — Reply

      The petition link has been frozen for the last 24 hours but its now working again. Can you let everyone know.

  32. Aj
    September 21, 2017 at 7:11 pm — Reply

    The Cockpit Country is extremely imoortant, we need to save it

  33. Pat Symister
    September 21, 2017 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    We must make every effort to preserve Jamaica’s natural resources before it is too late. Stop destroying our beautiful country for monetary gain.

  34. Allicin Graham
    September 21, 2017 at 9:57 am — Reply

    Protect our environment, protect our future, leave the cockpit country alone.

  35. Ean Durson
    September 21, 2017 at 7:49 am — Reply

    We need to save our water supply for future g nerations

  36. Lesia symister
    September 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm — Reply

    We need to save our water source.

  37. Georgia Lewis Scott
    September 20, 2017 at 2:54 pm — Reply

    The welfare of our nation is of critical importance. We have got to limit what happens in our country and not allow it to be so uncontrollably divested that we’ll be in a nation whose future is more severely marginalized.

  38. Ordel Johnson
    September 20, 2017 at 11:10 am — Reply

    This is our country so we need to take a stand and protect what is ours and our future.

  39. Odia Dinnall
    September 18, 2017 at 3:59 pm — Reply

    whatever we do today will determine the future. Save cockpit country

  40. Nadia Robinson Buchanan
    September 18, 2017 at 1:28 pm — Reply

    Save our Cockpit or we wont have a future

  41. Dwayne Tucker
    September 18, 2017 at 11:20 am — Reply

    I strongly believe it’s duty as Jamaica to protect the future for our grandchildren. We must prepare for tomorrow today.

  42. George blackwood
    September 14, 2017 at 6:12 pm — Reply

    Data where our real food is people of the cosmic

  43. Garnett Rhoden
    September 14, 2017 at 1:26 pm — Reply

    I love my Jamaica and we need to save our cockpit country’s environment our government need to stop this from destroying our fish habitat

  44. September 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm — Reply

    We have to save the water shed

  45. trevor bennett
    September 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm — Reply

    I love Jamaica

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