Imagine Jamaica 50

A Jamaican Day in 2062: Day 3

August 3, 2062

Day 3 of Emancipendence!  Three  Days to go before the Big 100! And the Three Day Jamaica IronMan kicks off.  The contestants have to dive Port Royal Sunken City; swim Kingston Harbor; climb Blue Mountain Peak; Bike to Montego Bay; then run the South Coast back to Kingston – without using any technology invented since 2012 — No power bikes! No jet packs! No MegaPower Energy Boosters!  I wonder what we would do without these elixirs and unguents—die young or live very poorly I suppose!   Certainly, without these inventions I would have suffered Alzheimers altogether and my hearing would be long gone.  But here I am – a living 100 heath junkie! Old age truly is not what it used to be.  Nonetheless, I am not going out today – The Ozone Index is too high – it is a six.  I don’t breathe so well beyond a level four and I hate wearing those oxygen jackets and I don’t like using the public oxygen cafes – not to mention they cost.  Too many $C dollars!

It so bad that despite the fact we have done well as a country,  we can’t control our own air, since  climate management is the purview of the Global Climate Control Committee and  none of the Caribbean Eco-Management Ministers sit on the Committee this year.  Hence, our Weather Police have to constantly be monitoring our clouds otherwise unscrupulous pirates will try to steal them and sell.  You know we Jamaicans have to really Thank God! We are a blessed land.  It it were not for our trees where would we be?  Back in 2012, the original goal had been 500 trees for Jamaica 50 by the students and alumni of Clarendon College.  But by 2013,it ended up with 5,000 trees being planted in Clarendon  by schools, churches and many households.  As competitive as we are, Alumni from Trelawny Schools and Hanover Schools decided they would not be outdone and started their own projects. Next thing — the vision went viral – every parish!.  By  2020, Jamaicans had planted over 500,000 trees of every kind —  legacy trees like the flamboyant, poui, frangipani; fruit trees – breadfruit, naseberry, custard apple, star apple;  spice trees- pimento, nutmeg, vanilla, coffee.  Scientists say that were it not for the tree canopy in Jamaica – we would not have this cloud cover and we would have to live on oxygen supplements.  But still our clouds can’t fully mitigate the dust blowing in from across the Atlantic.  So today I will stay inside and work in the Village’s hydroponic vegetable garden, feed the fish, and watch the Olympics on our ancient  Holovisor.  Jamaica has a shot at the gold in the Archery contest!  And the Jamaicans in Second Life are starting a Global Anthem Wave in honor of our esteemed Track and Field Team!  Imagine Five Million SmartComms pinging ‘One Love’ at the same time!  Respek due!  Or as the young people say, ‘That’s Pingged!’   We lickle but we tallawah fe true!




What if Jamaica were to engage in massive tree planting project to re-green Jamaica?  What if hydroponic food systems were a staple of Jamaican households?  What if oxygen became a commodity?  What if  Weather Control were a UN Function?



About the author

Dr. Claire Nelson

Dr. Claire Nelson has been actively engaged in the business of international development for more than twenty-five years. She works in the area of project development and management, with a particular focus on private sector development. A renaissance woman, she has been described as a Social Entrepreneur, Futurist, and Change Leader.

The first Jamaican woman to earn a Doctorate degree in an engineering discipline and the only black in her graduating class, Dr. Nelson holds Industrial Engineering Degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Purdue University, and a Doctorate in Engineering Management from George Washington University. She has served on numerous boards and committees including: US Department of Commerce US/Caribbean Business Development Council Advisory Board; Black Leadership Forum; DC Caribbean Carnival Association; International Think Tank Commission on Pan-African Affairs, Office of the Prime Minister of Barbados; African-American Unity Caucus; National Democratic Institute/Carter Center Election Observer Mission to the Dominican Republic; Black Professionals in International Affairs; and the International Committee of the National Society of Black Engineers-Alumni Extension.

Dr. Nelson is sought after as a speaker on issues pertaining to economic development, globalization, and issues concerning the Caribbean and its peoples. She is a frequent guest on the television talk show CARIBNATION seen on cable TV in the Washington D.C. area, as well as CARIBBEAN EXCHANGE on WEAA, Morgan University Radio. Her speaking engagements have included: National Association of Security Professionals; Congressional Black Caucus Conference; Harvard University Black MBA Association Conference; Women & Micro-enterprise Conference, African Development Bank; Florida International University; Cincinnati Women's Chamber of Commerce; US Black Engineer of the Year Annual Conference; Howard University; Sacramento State University; National Council of Negro Women; and National Congress of Black Women.

Dr. Nelson has been a frontrunner in the challenge of placing the topic of social exclusion and diversity on the agenda of the multilateral development assistance institutions. As a result of her pioneering work, she was invited to the Salzburg Seminar as a Fellow in 1997 and 1999 of the Seminars on Race and Ethnicity, in 2000 and 2003 to the Fetzer Institute Advisory Group on Moral, Ethical and Spiritual Leadership; and as Faculty at the Seminar on Leadership Across Geographic Borders and Cultural Boundaries. Dr. Nelson was also a participant in the Bellagio Consultation on the UN World Conference on Racism (WCAR) organized by the International Human Rights Law Group, and was active on the Working Group on Globalization and Transnational Corporations.
Dr. Nelson is Ideation Leader of The Futures Forum which provides strategic foresight and development futures consulting practice. An award-winning writer and performance artiste, Dr. Nelson's OpEd pieces have appeared in media outlets such as Morning Edition, National Public Radio; WEAA FM and WHUR FM; and CaribNation TV.