Monday, December 08, 2008

Ike and Andrew on All Things Considered

Ike and Andrew were featured in a story on All Things Considered today. The transcript is available, but the audio is not yet online.
Ike Cabrerra, from the island of Saipan, is one of just a handful of people who have ever made it to the north end of the island chain.

"There's no place in the world compared to this area," Cabrerra said. "Most of the islands are volcano."

The waters are rich with undisturbed sea life and home to some of the world's most majestic underwater geology, including the deepest canyon in the ocean, the Mariana Trench. But all is not perfect in paradise. While locals like Cabrerra support a marine preserve, their elected officials do not.

So Cabrerra traveled to Washington to lobby for the protected area. His traveling companion, Andrew Salas, said that the politicians don't object to conservation, but they are upset with the federal government. It seems Uncle Sam recently took control of immigration policy for the Northern Marianas and also instituted the federal minimum wage.

"So this awesome idea to protect those islands came in at the wrong time and everyone thought, 'Oh, another federal intervention,'" Salas said.

Salas and Cabrerra went to the White House this week to plead for complete protection for an area the size of Arizona. They brought with them petitions signed by businesses, school children and 6,000 local residents. The island only has 10,000 voters.
I'll link to the audio when it is up.

2 comments:

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

The audio is up. Great job, Ike and Andrew!

PacificaDave said...

once again, Marine Preserve or Marine Sanctuary,I agree, NOT MONUMENT! you are trying to give the northern islands to the military!

BUSH is not a conservationist and will never be known as one!

HE IS INTO WAR!
HE LIKES WAR!
HE MAKES MONEY OFF OF WAR
HIS FRIENDS MAKE MONEY OFF OF WAR
and he likes a place to keep his war machines private, like in the northern islands.
Submarine Superhighway?
Sonar proving grounds?
whales love sonar
think about that for a while.