Thursday, October 17, 2013
US Military Set To Destroy Pagan Island
Pagan Island has been called the "crown jewel" of the Marianas Islands. It's one of the most biographically and geographically diverse islands in the archipelago, and it's home to a number of species that aren't found anywhere else in the world. Now, the U.S. military wants to leave this stunning landscape a smoking ruin.
The United States military plans to occupy all of Pagan Island for live-fire training exercises, including bombings. This doesn't just ignore the rights of indigenous Pagan Islanders. It could also disturb the ecologically valuable topsoil, increase the chances for summer fires, erode or destroy the coral reefs surrounding the island, and taint the entire island with toxins for decades.
And Pagan Island's thousands of flora and fauna, including its rare birds, bats, and insects, could be killed off forever.
We can't allow the U.S. military to devastate the lives of generations of people, plants and animals for the sake of target practice. Please ask them to spare Pagan Island from destruction!