Friday, May 09, 2008

Support the Marine Monument Petition

Mariana Trench Petition GatherersA group of students have started a petition asking the local and the federal government to look into the potential benefits of the proposed "National Park of the Sea." They went on KSPN 2 the other day to announce they they were going to start collecting signatures.

The petition reads:
WE, the undersigned, would like the CNMI Government and the Federal Government to continue studying the possible benefits of a Mariana Trench Marine National Monument in the waters encompassing a portion of the Mariana Trench and the uninhabited islands of Asuncion, Maug, and Uracas. Such a Monument could bring positive international media attention to our shores, create local jobs, lead to the construction of a world class visitors center, lead to increase in research and education, and most importantly, protect our islands for our people now and for generations to come.
The petition can be downloaded here. Each petition has room for 15 signatures. All that is needed is a name, a signature, and an email address.

I'll have information on where to drop off the filled-out petitions soon.

The petition is also online (see left hand column of this blog). If you would like to put a similar petition widget on your website, simply copy and paste this code into your template:


scubatripp said...

I can't sign the petition because it does not recognize our state!

Do you think we would have problems like this in the future if we had the trench park? Might put us on the map. Websites might even make it possible for people from this US Territory to select their state code in the pop up menu!

I was going to put the petition on my blog but think the numbers will be misleadingly low because Saipan residents can't sign it. Anyone else having trouble?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Should I just take it down.

Let the kids gather the petitions?