G Michael Reid
G Michael Reid

after weighing the benefits against the detriments, I say no to letting these people ruin our wonderful rainforest...

Stephanie Costa
Stephanie Costa

It is so sad that this amazing country with amazing people is being slowly destroyed by foreigners! Imperialism lives on... Shame on those who continue this!

Elfkin Moon
Elfkin Moon
  • Stephanie Costa

it won't let me sign the petiton - darn it!

Stephanie Costa
Stephanie Costa
  • Stephanie Costa

Maybe try a different way....

Tara Chadwick
Tara Chadwick
  • Stephanie Costa

Elfkin Moon try going to our facebook page first.. or you may have to sign up for causes first, I think that is what I had to do... http://www.causes.com/causes/802171-toledo-maya-sustainable-development/actions/1705183

Emma Chau
Emma Chau
  • Stephanie Costa

Yes you have to sign up for causes

Tara Chadwick
Tara Chadwick

This is so exciting... only 57 more signatures to reach our goal!

Tara Chadwick
Tara Chadwick
  • Tara Chadwick

46 more signers to go!!!!

Tara Chadwick
Tara Chadwick
  • Tara Chadwick

22!!!!!

Tara Chadwick
Tara Chadwick
  • Tara Chadwick

YEAH! 2061 people from belize, the us, canada & all around the world signed the petition to urge the prime minister of belize to protect the land, the people before the profits that may or may not come from driilling on maya homeland!

Alfredo Barrera Rubio
Alfredo Barrera Rubio

¨Protec nature

Umberto Fioroni
Umberto Fioroni
  • Alfredo Barrera Rubio

no me ha sido possible firmar la petition no sé porqué

Robert Tepper
Robert Tepper

When I was back in belize I still can't believe that a gallon of gas is 10 dollars BZ N09! We already have OIL Companies PUMPING! If the US should pump Then the government should have a plan to Help some with proceeds get back to the people

Robert Tepper
Robert Tepper
  • Robert Tepper

And I mean Belize government!

Erwin Perdok
Erwin Perdok

Money talks...bullshit walks! Excuse my language...it's because of this many tribes globally has disappeared. I may just hope Belize will not follow that same path!

Swetha Amit
Swetha Amit
  • Erwin Perdok

Really sad. In the name of money and commercialization the world is slowly losing nature's best forms like forests and hillocks.

Linn Wilson
Linn Wilson

WHY BELIZE SHOULD NOT DRILL HERE-- this from Wildtracks.

To explain Wildtracks' position that oil drilling should not be permitted within STNP's sphagnum moss ecosystem, key points include:
This ecosystem only occurs within very specific conditions - naturally high water-table, very low nutrient levels and lack of saline intrusion being perhaps foremost; conditions which are extremely rare within the Region.
With very slow-growing vegetation, this very fragile ecosystem has poor...

WHY BELIZE SHOULD NOT DRILL HERE-- this from Wildtracks.

To explain Wildtracks' position that oil drilling should not be permitted within STNP's sphagnum moss ecosystem, key points include:
This ecosystem only occurs within very specific conditions - naturally high water-table, very low nutrient levels and lack of saline intrusion being perhaps foremost; conditions which are extremely rare within the Region.
With very slow-growing vegetation, this very fragile ecosystem has poor regenerative capacity and many of the characteristic plant species could very easily be displaced by anthropogenic perturbations (particularly increased nutrients), and be replaced by locally invasive weed species that would significantly alter the swamp's ecological character.
As a seasonally inundated floating peatbog, impacts within one area will eventually affect a far wider portion, or potentially all, of the swamp.
As a lowland sphagnum swamp, it is an almost unique ecosystem, known only from STNP and one locality in Panama.
As a RAMSAR Site, Sarstoon Temash National Park is recognized internationally for its importance, and Belize has made commitments regarding the maintenance of its ecological integrity.
The principle threats posed by oil drilling would be:

1. Road building.
Apart from the physical challenges of building a road into or across the 6+m deep peat bed, doing so would cause irreversible damage - the fill material would leach nutrients out into the water and shift the species balance away from the Sphagnum moss and its associates, towards grasses and herbaceous plants better able to utilize the nutrients. This would be especially pronounced if white marl were to be used as a foundation material for road-building. Unless a chemically inert material were used for road-building (none known locally), then these very significant impacts will occur if any road-building occurs within the footprint of the swamp basin, or indeed within areas draining directly into the swamp basin.
2. Contamination.
If hydro-carbon leakage from a drilling operation within the footprint of a fragile wetland such as this were to occur, it would be far harder to contain than on most other terrestrial ecosystems, and would be likely to have devastating and long-term impacts on such a fragile ecosystem. Whilst it is theoretically possible (through use of state of the art equipment, best practices and rigid site-management) to prevent such leakages from occurring, the risk of such leakage and the accompanying impacts occurring is considered unacceptably high if drilling were to take place within a system such as STNP's sphagnum moss swamp.
Particularly relevant RAMSAR documents:
http://www.ramsar.org/pdf/res/key_res_x_26_e.pdf
http://www.ramsar.org/bn/bn3.pdf
Regards,
Paul Walker.
Director,
Wildtracks - a Belizean registered non-profit organization.

Rebecca Migdal
Rebecca Migdal
  • Linn Wilson

Thank you Linn for this informative post. I will incorporate it into my presentation!

Banakonda Bell
Banakonda Bell

Wrong.......Wrong.....Wrong and they know it.

Banakonda Bell
Banakonda Bell
  • Banakonda Bell

This is so shameful, so full of greed and inhumanity.....it is hard not to despair. Sign the petition write a letter, lift your voice up every where you can.....Resist.

Jamie Jeffries
Jamie Jeffries

I know Southern Belize well and I've stayed with some Mayan families there. Wonderful people in an ancient land of beauty. Chris, of The Cotton Tree Lodge, has worked hard for decades to educate Mayans about their environment, how to live sustainably, and how to make a living without scorching the earth to run cattle. He's made a huge difference; created an eco-paradise...But big oil? I wish him luck fighting them. Sustainable Harvest has some clout down there for all the good work they've...

I know Southern Belize well and I've stayed with some Mayan families there. Wonderful people in an ancient land of beauty. Chris, of The Cotton Tree Lodge, has worked hard for decades to educate Mayans about their environment, how to live sustainably, and how to make a living without scorching the earth to run cattle. He's made a huge difference; created an eco-paradise...But big oil? I wish him luck fighting them. Sustainable Harvest has some clout down there for all the good work they've done with Mayan families. A delegation of Mayans and Anglos from the jungle should pay a visit to the Big City to testify and make their case.

Michael Gordy
Michael Gordy

Oil cannot destroy the homeland for ANYONE.

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