Save Grand Cayman Reefs from Destruction

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Target: Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick, her Excellency the Governor of Grand Cayman

Goal: Stop plans to destroy the beautiful coral reefs of Grand Cayman.

The coral reefs of the Grand Cayman Island are some of the most beautiful in the world. Unfortunately, they are currently in danger of destruction. The government of Grand Cayman is currently considering a layout plan of piers that would be built right on top of where the reefs currently lie. These reefs are vital to the underwater ecosystem and all marine life that inhabits it. Two-thirds of coral reefs worldwide are currently under serious threat from pollution, so why are we being so reckless about preserving them?

Supporters of the construction justify their decision by saying that they can move the reefs, but this is impossible. Small fractions of reef under very specific conditions can be moved in the case of natural destruction or shipwrecks, however, moving kilometers of reef is impossible. This underwater ecosystem has had many years of adjusting and growing with its environment; completely relocating the reef would cause it to die.

These reefs are not just for the fishes—Tourist destinations are based around the underwater playground. Scuba diving businesses, restaurants and hotels are modeled around visitors coming to the island. These businesses will suffer from this destruction. Sign this petition and urge Grand Cayman’s government to veto these plans and save these beautiful reefs.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mrs. Kilpatrick,

A development plan has recently been proposed to build piers where the coral reefs of your beautiful island lie. These reefs are the home of marine life and are necessary for their survival. They also produce a good amount of tourism to your island. There are hotels, restaurants and diving businesses centered around the underwater banks and they would all suffer if these plans were put to action.

Two-thirds of coral reefs worldwide are already under severe threat—please do not add this one to this list. Reefs are vital to the ocean’s health and we must protect them. I urge you to stop these plans and save your coral reef. Doing so would help the environment, the tourist business and marine life.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Toby Hudson

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