Target: Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
Goal: Do not bomb small, life-rich island in the Pacific Ocean.
The United States Military is allegedly planning to obliterate a pristine, uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean just so they can get some practice killing people. The military has nearly completed a deal to lease Pagan Island from the Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands for the express purpose of dropping tons of bombs and firing on it with live ammunition. This absolutely cannot be allowed to happen as the island is home to countless rare and endangered species.
No people currently call Pagan Island home but it has been deemed one of the most habitable islands in the region by a conservation biologist that spent time on the island for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has also said the island is a “biological treasure house” that would be utterly destroyed by bombs, mortars, and other tools of death. Pagan Island’s coastal waters are also home to extensive coral reefs that would more than likely be demolished in what the military calls “amphibious maneuvers.”
This military has claimed that it would take all of the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the island’s wildlife, but they haven’t suggested the precaution of not doing it in the first place. There is just no way that a military force could use an island for live fire training and leave it entirely as it stood before.
Beyond all of the environmental concerns, there is also the message that this type of training would send to the rest of the world: that the United States, and its allies, are war-hungry and ready to fight anywhere any time. Arguably, some want to send that kind of message, but it’s detrimental for peace and must be stopped. Please sign here to protect Pagan Island and all of the creatures that live on it.
Dear President Obama,
It has come to my attention that the United States military plans to use a small, life-rich island in the Pacific Ocean for live fire training. There are several reasons why I believe this to be a bad idea, but chiefly among them is the fact that a biologist working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called the island a “biological treasure chest.” The military claims that it will not harm this treasure chest, but there’s no way for it not to–other than not going, of course.
Dropping tons of bombs and firing thousands of rounds on an island that is mostly uninhabited will do untold damage to creatures and plant life of the island. Adding “amphibious maneuvers” will wreak havoc on the extensive coral reefs in the islands coastal waters. This operation cannot be allowed to happen and I would like to formally ask you, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, to halt plans for these drills immediately. The natural world is not our playground and we cannot abuse it as such.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: U.S. Navy