Target: Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy
Goal: Don’t allow oil prospecting in islands’ fragile marine ecosystems
The island of Ibiza is famous for its wild parties, pristine beaches, and their vibrant marine ecosystems. However the beauty of this island may be shattered as the Spanish government is gearing up to allow oil prospecting. The measure has not only angered environmentalists, it has also angered politicians. But Spain has been embroiled with financial losses, and the government is hoping oil will jump start their economy.
Cairn Energy, a Scottish oil and gas company is leading the push for oil exploration on both the islands of Ibiza and Formentera. The survey will cover 1,500 square miles and starts 30 feet from the coastline. The energy company is up for review by the Spanish government, but citizens are fighting valiantly against the measure. However, massive protests and 200,000 signatures failed to stop oil prospecting in the Canary Islands.
Because of Spain’s financial difficulties, Cairn Energy has latched on to this selling point, stating in their brochure that “finding a significant source of oil and gas offshore Spain would benefit businesses as well as the national economy, local communities, and government of Spain.” Unfortunately, the country relies heavily on exports from Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Russia. If Spain found oil in their nation, it would make them less reliant on foreign exports.
Tell the Spanish prime minster to forgo this action. His country should switch to renewable energy sources like wind or solar power instead of filthy oil. The people do not want their pristine beaches and marine wildlife to be tainted, and the government should listen to their pleas.
Dear Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy,
The Spanish government recently reviewed a proposal to approve Cairn Energy the right to begin oil exploration on the island sof Ibiza and Formentera. This action has caused an uproar from your citizens, from both environmentalists and politicians. It is obvious to me that your people do not want this to happen, as they care about their pristine homes and marine wildlife.
I am writing this letter to urge you to do the same. I understand that your country is struggling financially, but if an oil spill were to occur in these islands, the livelihoods of not just your people, but of the marine wildlife would be negatively affected. I urge you to stop Cairn Energy from prospecting oil in this area and turn to renewable energy resources.
[Your Name Here]
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