Justice for Saltwater Lagoon Devastated by Pollution

Target: Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez

Goal: Grant Mar Menor legal personhood as a means of protection from further pollution. 

Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon, Spain’s Mar Menor, has long existed as a dirty sink for the area’s agriculture industry. The resulting discharge of nutrients has killed off 85% of seagrass. Residents complain of the odor permeating the region due to what has been described as a “grave ecological unbalance.” Thousands of fish have reportedly washed up on the shore having been suffocated due to a lack of oxygen.  

Activists are campaigning to grant the Mar Menor legal personhood as a means of protection. Legal personhood is something often granted to corporations, allowing them to sue and be sued. In the case of a body of water, personhood would provide the lagoon representation in three forms: legal guardians, a monitoring community, and a scientific advisory board. The strategy has had great success in places like New Zealand, Ecuador, and India. Sign this petition to demand legal personhood for Mar Menor. 


Dear Mr. Sanchez,

The health and wellbeing of the Mar Menor have raised international concern. The ecological imbalance of this national treasure is in desperate need of decisive action. Considering the extensive loss of seagrass and the thousands of dead fish that have washed up on the shore, it is clear that the lagoon is sick. 

Continuing to standby while agricultural waste pollutes these precious waters is an act of ecocide. The region’s local population, as well as the biodiversity of the ecosystem, are clearly suffering. I demand that you honor the people’s concern and provide Mar Menor the protection of legal personhood. 


[Your Name Here]

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