This petition was created to oppose the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island's plan to lease Pagan Island to Japanese investors as a dump for tons of tsunami debris. Pagan is a small island in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. It is one of the most biologically and geologically diverse islands in the archipelago, and is home to many threatened and endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. The CNMI is a small island nation limited in land, burying parts of Pagan Island under tons of rubbish from another country, is not only environmentally unconscionable but is degrading to the people of the CNMI. Visit savepaganisland.org for more information about Pagan Island.
Don't turn Pagan Island into a garbage dump.
The CNMI has a vibrant culture, a unique flora and fauna and a diverse geology, all of which are found nowhere else in the world. The diversity and uniqueness of this archipelago and its culture should be celebrated and protected not desecrated with a wealthy country’s garbage. Burying portions of Pagan Island with tsunami debris from Japan is not only degrading to the people of the CNMI, but for an island nation limited in land, it makes absolutely no sense.
The potential impact of this type of activity on threatened and endangered species on Pagan Island must not be ignored. In addition, the potential environmental impacts of leeching chemicals, loose debris, and sedimentation of the reefs and surrounding waters, not only effect Pagan Island directly, but also the greater ocean environment of the CNMI.
I strongly urge you to reject the Japanese investor's proposal to use Pagan Island to dispose of tsunami debris. No amount of revenue could possibly be worth the devastating environmental impacts of using Pagan Island as a dump.