Rid Picturesque Caribbean Island of Oil Refinery


Target: Director of the Cabinet of the Governor of Curacao Jules Bijil

Goal: Support the GreenTown initiative in Curacao

Located in the Southern Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Venezuela, the island nation of Curacao is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and is known for beautiful beaches as well as clear blue Caribbean waters. Tourism is an incredibly important part of Curacao’s economy. This tourism is highly dependent on maintaining a pristine and beautiful island free from polluting eyesores such as the Isla refinery.

It is with this knowledge that an initiative has been proposed to replace the heavily polluting oil refinery. In its stead will be a vibrant and environmentally friendly city district known as GreenTown. This proposal would not only eliminate the pollution spewing forth from the Isla refinery but also generate a great economic boost for Curacao at the same time. The project would generate far more jobs than the refinery it would be replacing while at the same time injecting additional revenue into the nation’s economy.

Perhaps the most defining aspect to GreenTown however is that it has the capacity to be powered entirely by renewable energy sources. This implementation would take what is at present the most polluted area in the Dutch Kingdom and transform it into the most sustainable zero-emission waterfront city in the world. Not only would this greatly benefit residents of Curacao but it would also open up the nation to an additional revenue source; that of eco-tourism. Countless environmentally conscious vacationers would flock to GreenTown to enjoy the Caribbean experience while at the same time supporting an ecological landmark. This initiative is good for the world not just Curacao and thus must be made into a reality.


Dear Director Bijil,

As with every major island nation encompassed within the Caribbean Sea tourism is a critically important part of Curacao’s economy. This tourism is being threatened by excessive pollution that ruins the overall experience of the island. By far the biggest culprit is the Isla refinery. This oil refinery is an eyesore and harmful to the economic viability of Curacao itself. Fortunately an initiative has been proposed which would not only counteract the negative effects of the Isla refinery, but actually completely overhaul the area.

This initiative, known as GreenTown, would replace the oil refinery with an environmentally friendly city district focused upon the use of sustainable clean energy. This would simultaneously eliminate the pollution spewing forth from the refinery and revitalize the economy of the entire island. GreenTown itself would provide an estimated 16,000 jobs– far more than are generated by the refinery– while at the same time injecting revenue into the national economy.

This economy would be further boosted by the tremendous increase in tourist revenue associated with the project. GreenTown itself would become the most sustainable zero-emission waterfront city in the world. As such the eco-tourism draw would be incredible. In one fell swoop the most polluted area in the Dutch Kingdom would become an environmental landmark. The benefits would be far reaching. The nation would both sett an example for the rest of the world to strive for as well as provide a new economic locus for Curacao. It is for these reasons that the GreenTown initiative must be made into a reality.


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One Comment

  1. As it is impossible for even moderately sized Tankers e,g larger than a couple of thousand tons, to venture into Venezuela the only way to refine and load larger ships is offshore. The next port would be in Trinidad so you would only transfer the problem. I’m not advocating this but to make Curacao the idyllic spot it was before the refinery existed would take many years as the soils and few creeks are massively polluted. I haven’t been there since the forties and even then it was, away from the Tanker docks, Willemstad (Williamtown) was one of the best conducted, cleanest and safest places in all the Caribbean. Not only did the refinery offer work opportunities for the whole of the area, it was a trading haven for all the small sailing boat traders
    bringing produce to the island as the paucity of rainfalll and water was not conducive to growing local produce. I only have favourable memories of the place from about half a dozen visits or more. Oh yes I served on Shell Oil tankers.

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