Stop Environmentally Destructive Mega-Canal


Target: Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Goal: Stop environmentally destructive canal from being built in Nicaragua

Nicaragua recently sold the rights to build a huge mega-canal, which will rival the Panama Canal, to a Chinese firm. The proposed canal would be 186 miles long and connect the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. Scientists warn that the canal could wreak havoc upon some of the most fragile and pristine areas of Central America. In light of the dire environmental consequences being predicted by scientists, we should tell Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to reconsider the deal he has made with China to build this canal.

In granting the 50-year rights for the Hong Kong bases firm to build and operate this mega-canal Nicaragua declined to conduct any kind of environmental impact review of the project. The Nicaraguans also declined to conduct any type of bidding process in which other firms were allowed to submit proposals to compete with the Chinese firm for the rights to build and operate the canal.  The failure to conduct an adequate environmental impact review or seek competing proposals shows a failure of the Nicaraguan government to look after the best interests of its people.

According to an independent scientific study, the project will destroy 400,000 hectares of wetlands and rainforest. It will also be necessary to confiscate a large amount of land from the indigenous population of Nicaragua. The constitution of Nicaragua was modified in order to legalize this confiscation of land from the indigenous tribes. Many rivers would need to be damned, and the health of Lake Nicaragua, the largest freshwater lake in Nicaragua, would be compromised. The Island of Ometepe, a World Biosphere Reserve site would be put at risk.

Taken in balance, the environmental destruction that would result from the construction of this meg-canal in Nicaragua cannot be justified. The short-term economic gain that Nicaragua stands to receive from allowing this canal to be built will never make up for the damage it will cause. Please sign this petition and urge President Ortega of Nicaragua to reconsider the decision to allow China to build this environmentally destructive canal.


Dear President Ortega of Nicaragua:

The canal that is currently planned through Nicaragua will cause irreparable damage to the environment. 400,000 hectares of pristine rainforest will be lost as a result of this project. Many rivers will be destroyed, and Lake Nicaragua and the Island of Ometepe will be compromised.

Ecotourism is a huge emerging industry in Nicaragua. The degradation that this canal will cause to the environment in Nicaragua stands to put the tourism industry at risk.

Additionally, much of the indigenous population stands to lose its ancestral lands.

The short-term financial gain Nicaragua will receive from this project is not worth the long-term harm that will be done to the environment. I urge you to protect Nicaragua from the environmental disaster that will result from this project. Please halt the construction of this mega-canal.


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Photo credit: David Ansley via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Daniela Arado says:

    Stopo of destruction our mather earth.
    Rispect the environment and habitat animal

  2. People need to vote unacting authorities acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations once and for all!



    “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own governments to save the environment.”
    – Ansel Adams, photographer.

  3. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
    Thomas Paine

  4. Charmaine Shannon says:

    Once Damage and Land Destruction are done they can “NEVER” be brought back like they were originally !! “GREED” knows NO LIMITS and does NOT CARE of the Long Term Effects that this will have !!!! PLEASE, It’s Not Worth It !!!!

  5. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  6. Funny how things turn out says:

    The same people in an uproar about Ortega’s canal, are the same political constituency that was 100% behind him and the Sandinistas in their battle against Somoza in the 80s. In the end, cut from the same cloth, Ortega and Somoza. They’re in it for the money, and they could care less about the people who are in the way.

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