Target: Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico
Goal: Congratulate the people and government of Puerto Rico for permanently protecting the country’s Northeast Ecological Corridor from devastating development.
After fifteen years of fighting, the Puerto Rican government finally passed legislation permanently protecting one of the region’s most treasured natural resources. The Northeast Ecological Corridor is made up of diverse forests, wetlands, beaches, coral habits, and a bioluminescent lagoon. Praise Puerto Rico for saving the hundreds of endangered species that have made their home in the ecologically-diverse corridor.
Puerto Rico’s Northeast Ecological Corridor spans nearly 3,000 acres home to rare, threatened, and endangered animal and plant species. Over 800 species of plants and flowers are native to the corridor, dozens of which are critically endangered varieties. Construction developers are now prohibited from building the mega-resorts, golf courses, and luxury homes they had planned at the expense of the environment.
The Sierra Club has been leading the fight to halt devastating construction efforts and preserve this delicate region since 2004. In a local newspaper interview, Sierra Club organizer Camilla Feibelman stated, “We’ve always had support from the three political parties, but there have been obstacles along the way. With the governor’s signature, we are finally fully protecting the NEC as a Nature Reserve.” Now, the new nature reserve can now be used for hiking, biking, bird-watching, sea-turtle viewing, and guided tours through the bioluminescent lagoon.
Sign the below petition to congratulate the people of Puerto Rico on winning the battle against big business and preserving the Northeast Ecological Corridor so that future generations can benefit from its natural resources. The corridor, which represents every ecosystem in Puerto Rico, is home to pristine beaches, essential nesting grounds, and species found nowhere else on earth.
Dear Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla,
Thank you for protecting Puerto Rico’s Northeast Ecological Corridor and saving hundreds of species and habitats that are so valuable to the region. It has been a hard-fought battle, but you have helped your people stop the devastating construction that has been threatening to destroy these natural resources for so long.
I am urging you to work with environmental groups to begin purchasing the remaining percentage of the nature reserve that is privately owned. I am also urging you to work with the nearby towns of Luquillo and Las Crobas to develop the area’s ecotourism economy and nature communities. Although this preservation of the corridor is a huge milestone, the real work has just begun.
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