Don’t Let Superhighway Destroy Vital Rainforest

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Target: Benedict Ayade, Governor of Cross River

Goal: Stop development of superhighway that would cut through Nigerian national park and rainforest.

A 160-mile highway in Nigeria is threatening the country’s fragile rainforest and Cross River National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site where gorillas, chimps, and monkeys reside. Watersheds in the area will also be damaged, while over 180 indigenous communities will be displaced. The animals threatened by the superhighway are already endangered due to climate change; This construction will only hasten their possible extinction.

They highway is being built in an effort to better connect the nation’s most populous areas, while also providing more jobs to the ever-growing country. However, Cross River National Park is one of Nigeria’s most lucrative sources of income. In 2014, tourists wishing to see the gorillas that call the park home brought in nearly $15 million to the economy. However, if a large portion of the national park is destroyed, this will only damage the economy, in addition to damaging in the environment.

Sign the petition to demand that the superhighway’s construction be halted immediately before any more damage is done to the fragile environment.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Ayade,

Cross River National Park is one of the most popular national parks in Nigeria, and is known for its beautiful rainforest and variety of endangered animals. However, its gorillas are most famous to tourists. Millions of dollars per year are paid into the state’s economy from tourism. However, a superhighway that is currently under construction may put an end to this.

The 160-mile superhighway will cut through the national park and rainforest, destroying a large portion of it. This will not only threaten the already endangered species, like the gorillas and elephants who live there, but it will also destroy the state’s economy. If the superhighway is built, there will be nothing for tourists to see. I ask, as so many in your state do as well, that you halt all construction of the superhighway before the environment is damaged even more than it already has been.

Thank you,

[Your Name Here]

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22 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    no more roads! just trails for hiking!

  2. NO ROADS THROUGH THE SACRED RAIN FOREST.

  3. Stuart Holman says:

    Selfish humans should stop reproducing so much instead of taking over land that is not theirs. Greedy, selfish bastards.

    • Stuart, your comment on human overpopulation is so correct. Humans are out of control everywhere on this planet. The remaining rain forests are fast dying off, due to human encroachment, hunting and ranching. These poor remaining primates will not be able to withstand this development.

    • Sandra Skuban says:

      Stuart, Rosemary, thank you, it is so good to see and read your lines, overpopulation will destroy us, all the innocent animal population, we are doomed.

    • Humans the worst creatures ever created.

  4. TruthSeeker says:

    Judgement Day is coming! Greedy, selfish scum of the earth shall pay, through eternal burning forever and ever. Their wicked souls shall not receive rest, nor paradise, for they have committed horrific atrocities upon this earth, which shall also be consumed in fire. They shall find no peace, nor rest. Amen

  5. Mr Greer Hart, senior says:

    Nigeria is experiencing a massive population growth, and along with it comes the “developments”, funded by the roving funds of foreign investors. Such projects, like superhighways are lucrative for others, but the ordinary Nigerian does not experience any benefit. Oil projects have destroyed mangroves and poisoned rivers, denying people of safe water. The wildlife in the forests will be destroyed as the timber companies move in, along with palm oil and cattle ranching. It is part of a world wide destruction of rainforests. It is only a matter of a couple of decades, and all will be gone.

  6. Just another drop in the bucket, soon it will be full, full of the human misery we created, for all the dear creatures and ourselfes. Selfish interests for whatever reason, who do they serve? Greedy heartless bastards, who will run over anyone elses needs and concerns, animals trying to survive is certainly not their concern, short sighted interest of morons will bring all of us to extinction just like the Dodo Bird.

  7. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    It is always about monitory greed!
    They are so blinded that they don’t even realise that you can’t take it with you when you die and you can’t eat the stuff to survive!
    Watched the film “Before The Flood” with Leonardo DiCaprio. Should be shown in every educational institution from 10 years olds upwards, in every country in the world, as soon as possible. That might make some of these idiots sit up and do something positive for our planet.

  8. rose-anne feeley says:

    The basic cause of the destruction of our planet is unquestionably the overpopulation, no doubt about it. But the subject is taboo, no government will ever mention it, and yet they know this cannot continue for long.
    Roads, superhighways are the perfect tool to destroy wildlife and their habitats.
    I believe the destruction of the planet is now inevitable,
    because nobody can stop or control the world population.

  9. Hmm, this petition is going to Gov Benedict Ayade, the individual who CAME UP with the idea upon election and said to be 100% defending it, REGARDLESS – it is my hope he would be listening to input, of course, but perhaps this petition would be better served going further, to other relevant and pertinent sources, as well…

  10. You say that a new superhighway will spur economic development along the route and boost tourism to the area’s natural resources…
    Cross River National Park is one of Nigeria’s MOST LUCRATIVE sources of income ($15 million in 2014) – IF a large portion of the national park is destroyed, this will damage the thriving tourist industry and a major, MAJOR income source (never to be recovered), in addition to irreparably damaging in the environment. …Perhaps, in the end, this idea, key aspects, is somewhat self-defeating??
    With regards to planting new trees…WHERE, after everything has been covered in concrete, and besides, new trees take ages to grow, providing NOTHING in comparison to the shelter value, nutritional value and the other endless benefits of established OLD GROWTH trees… Essentially, it is a worn out excuse that doesn’t cut it.
    INFRASTRUCTURE, infrastructure, jobs, a technology-supported superhighway, a desire to connect the nation’s most populous areas…a conceivable idea, if ANOTHER ROUTE chosen, and it CAN BE.

  11. Benedict Ayade, Governor of Cross River: “When the last tree is cut down, the last fish eaten and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money.”

    Thanks to this WORLDWIDE PETITION, we demand that you STOP the top development of superhighway that would cut through Nigerian national park and rainforest.

  12. Lilian Caughlin says:

    Population Control is the foremost important issue.
    The way things are going we will steer towards total disaster and destruction.
    Money should be paid towards voluntary sterilization like reverse welfare for kids. No more highways and planet destruction. Make due with what we have and it will balance out eventually.

    • Money, money, money. The highway will also apparently displace 180 indigenous communities AND the highway will conceivably open up much of that land to illegal logging, poaching and development, a GIANT, UNDERHANDED land grab, and take-over, if that be true, a hidden agenda, supported by what locals see as government overreach…

      • Lilian, heavy population could be said about a LOT of locations on the planet right now! MEANWHILE, in the immediate and practical sense, we are dealing with Nigeria’s last critical rainforests and forest reserves, it’s indigenous people and wildlife… Sorry, actually MEANT to reply to Lolli below…
        Rainforests are the “lungs of the planet” – apart from everything ELSE, their condition affects us all.

  13. A highway through a rainforest?? What a destruction. You must be really crazy. The world isnt only yours even if you make money for yourself on this there is nothing you can do with the money once the world is destroyed.

  14. Dear Sir:
    Please be a voice for that incredible gift you are governing! Be remembered for what you protected. Do not be part of the mindless global deforestation other leaders adhere to with ease. Stand up! Stand out! Be our Hero!

  15. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😠

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