Target: President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico
Goal: Stop the building of mega-hotel that will destroy the biodiversity and wildlife of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, including the Cabo Pulmo Coral Reef
The diverse Cabo Pulmo National Park, home to hundreds of rare plants and animals including a coral reef, is once again at risk. Plans are being made for a 22,000 room “mega-hotel” to be built on the sight in Mexico, building plans that will likely damage the incredible biodiversity of the area. Although former Mexican President Felipe Calderon shut down plans for a US-funded resort in 2012, a China-based company has recently developed plans of its own.
The Cabo Pulmo National Park area, located on the Baja California peninsula, boasts some of the most diverse plants and animals in the world. The coral reef itself has been referred to as “The Aquarium of the World” by famous explorer and photographer Jacques Cousteau, and with good reason. A recent study by N-Gen of the Punta Arena, the eleven kilometer area the hotel is to be built on, found over 500 different plants and animals, including two types of vegetation found nowhere else on Earth.
Additionally, there are concerns about the needed fresh water for the hotel. The Punta Arena is miles of desert meeting the beautiful Gulf of California, where the fragile coral reef is located. Any plans of building a tourist zone would surely disrupt this precious ecosystem.
This biodiversity hotspot deserves to be preserved. Sign below to tell current Mexican President Peña Nieto to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps and stop the development of the mega-hotel in the Cabo Pulmo National Park.
Dear President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico,
Currently, there are plans to build a mega-hotel in the Cabo Pulmo National Park by the investment team Glorious Earth Holdings. These plans could destroy the precious biodiversity of the area, and I am asking for you to shut down the building plans immediately.
A recent study of Punta Arena found over 500 different plants and animals located in the eleven kilometer stretch, including two types of plants that aren’t located anywhere else on Earth. This area also includes the Cabo Pulmo marine reserve and coral reef, both of which could be irrevocably damaged with the building process and increased tourism. This is a delicate and unique area that needs to be preserved.
Your predecessor, President Felipe Calderon, stopped the last building plans, believing there was something worth saving in this area. I urge you, Señor Presidente, to follow in his footsteps and save this precious ecosystem before it’s too late.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: John Markos O’Neill, via Wikimedia Commons