Target: Chief of Naval Operations: Admiral Jonathan Greenert
Goal: Stop the United States Navy from using Pagan Island as a site for “live fire” training
The United Stated Navy has selected another island to destroy. Pagan Island, located in the Pacific Ocean, is home to many incredible species. The island itself is incredibly beautiful and relatively untouched by humans. The United States Navy has plans to disrupt this ecosystem with “live fire” training; they have full intention to use the entire island.
Pagan Island is home to many unique species, some of which are on the endangered species list. A rare tree snail inhabits the island, the Mariana tree snail, and is listed as endangered in areas it was once prevalent, such as Guam. The ecosystem is undisturbed by outside wildlife: the birds found on Pagan Island are all native and there have been no non-native birds introduced. The Mariana fruit bat and Micronesian Megapode bird are endangered and can be found on the island. The flora and fauna of Pagan Island are unique; to disrupt them with fire and destruction would be detrimental.
If the United States Navy uses the ten-mile-long, four-mile-wide island as a place for “live fire” training, many problems are likely to arise. There will be increased risk of fire during the dry season. It will put the species that call the island home in jeopardy of becoming extinct, especially those already endangered. There will be a risk of eroding and destroying the coral reef located off of the coast of the island. There are also a few natives to the island that live there, the Chamorro people, who will likely be very disrupted by military presence and activity. There will be toxins left behind when the military leaves and too many fatalities.
Tell the United States Navy that you will not sit back and watch them destroy Pagan Island. Using such precious lands for destruction should not be allowed, and must be stopped.
Dear Chief of Naval Operations: Admiral Jonathan Greenert,
On March 14th, 2013, the Department of the Navy announced that it plans on using a beautiful island for “live fire” training. The island in question, Pagan Island, is a Pacific Ocean wonder, with many endangered species and few native peoples. There are species that inhabit the island that are found nowhere else. The island is small: ten miles long and one to four miles wide; using this small amount of land for any military work will decimate the flora and fauna of the entire island.
A few species that inhabit the island are endangered. The Mariana tree snail, Mariana fruit bat and the Micronesian Megapode bird inhabit the island, but they do not inhabit many other places. They rely on the health of the island to survive. A few of the Chamorro people inhabit the island full time, with no disruption to the sensitive eco-system. The island is their home; it is not the property of the Navy, nor should it be.
If the United States Navy uses the island for their disruptive purposes the island will have little chance of reviving itself when the Navy leaves. The coral reefs that surround the island will be eroded and the fragile topsoil of the island will be destroyed. Please understand that the Earth needs places like Pagan Island to remain undisturbed and allowed to flourish. There are many opportunities for training that do not need to involve destruction. Video simulation is becoming incredibly realistic, this could be a possible option for “live fire” training, and is not destructive. I urge the Navy to not use Pagan Island for such a destructive purpose.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Norm Banks, U.S. Geological Survey via Wikimedia Commons