Target: Alejandro García Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico
Goal: Force luxury resorts and hotels to ration their water in the midst of Puerto Rico’s severe drought.
Countless animals are dying and thousands of people are without water due to an ongoing severe drought in Puerto Rico, but despite this state of emergency the island’s luxury hotels and resorts are not rationing their water at all. There is no reason these places should not be sharing the burden that average Puerto Ricans are shouldering. Demand that these high class vacation spots do the ethical thing and ration their water use.
The drought in Puerto Rico is so severe right now that more than a quarter of the commonwealth’s area has been declared a disaster area and state of emergency. What’s worse is that 2.8 million of the territory’s 3.5 million-person population lives in affected areas.
To weather this drought, families in these areas are having their water services cut off for five days every single week. Farmers are watching their livestock die and their crops wither away due to lack of available water.
Despite the hardships the people are facing, the island’s luxury hotels and resorts, which mainly cater to wealthy tourists from the mainland United States, are either implementing curtailed rationing or no rationing at all. That’s right—as average people suffer, as the environment is put at risk, and as animals die, these resorts keep their pools full and their decorative fountains flowing.
The arrogance of these decadent vacation hotspots is incredible. Whether they like it or not they are in the middle of a drought that is putting the environment, animals, and people in danger, and their water use should reflect that. Sign the petition below to urge Puerto Rico’s Governor Alejandro García Padilla to force these resorts and hotels to ration their water like everyone else.
Dear Governor Padilla,
I am writing you today regarding the ongoing drought affecting your commonwealth. Unfortunately, many of the luxury hotels that operate in your territory do not seem to be playing by the same rules as everyone else. This ought to be remedied as soon as possible.
According to reports, hotels and resorts throughout Puerto Rico are either not enforcing water rationing strictly or not enforcing it whatsoever. Needless to say, hundreds of thousands of Puerto Rican families are being forced to cut their water usage drastically, so much so that they only see running water two days out of the week. Similarly, farmers are watching their livestock and crops die before their very eyes.
The behavior of these hotels and resorts is unacceptable. They need to be shouldering the burden of this drought just like everyone else, especially since much of their water usage is nonessential. I urge you to use your powers as governor to force these places to adhere to water rationing ordinances just like everyone else.
[Your Name Here]
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