Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sierra Club Takes on Pagan

Mangrove monitor lizards are one of the species on Pagan
The Sierra Club has joined the fight to protect the island of Pagan from military use.  They have started an online petition, and even though I haven't seen it with my own eyes, I think they are sending out emails to their members asking them to sign.
Pagan Island, the "Crown Jewel" of the Marianas, is again slated for certain environmental devastation, this time by a proposal from the U.S. Military to use it for "live-fire training" which includes everything from artillery to bombing.

Pagan is a small island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). It is one of the most biologically and geologically diverse islands in the archipelago, and is home to many threatened and endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Aside from its stunning beauty and rich ecological resources, Pagan is also one of the most habitable of the northern most islands in the CNMI. In fact, this island has supported the ancestors of Pagan islanders for over 3,000 years, as evidenced by Chamorro stone ruins found skirting its beautiful beaches.

The U.S. Military plans to occupy ALL of Pagan Island for live-fire training and military exercises, ignoring the indigenous rights of Pagan Islanders, and the devastating environmental impacts that such activity will certainly

cause. For more information visit : savepaganisland.org
I have never worked with the Sierra Club before, but it is exciting that they have taken an interest in the Northern Marianas.  As far as I know, this is the first time they have ever gotten involved in Micronesia.  I hope they stick around for a while.

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