29 May 2013
- By Raquel C. Bagnol - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
ALMOST 500 individuals have signed an online petition to Save Pagan Island from the proposal that would allow the U.S. Military to use it for live-fire training which includes everything from artillery to bombing.
As of yesterday, 497 signatures had been collected but 2,503 more supporters were needed. The goal is to have 3,000 signatures before the petition is delivered to the U.S. military and to island leaders including Gov. Eloy S. Inos, Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofscheider, the Senate, the House of Representatives, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific and U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan.
According to the online petition, Pagan is considered the “crown jewel” of the Marianas and is one the most biologically and geologically diverse islands in the archipelago. It is home to many endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.
The petition said that “the U.S. military plans to occupy all of Pagan…for live-fire training and military exercises, ignoring the indigenous rights of Pagan islanders, and the devastating environmental impact that such activity will certainly cause.”
Among recent supporters of the online petition are individuals from Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Myanmar and the US.
A copy of the proposal of the U.S. military can be found at http://www.cnmijointmilitarytrainingeis.com.
For more information about the petition visit http://savepaganisland.org, or join the Facebook page “Stop the U.S. Military Plans! Save Pagan Island,” which now has 1,079 members.
To sign the Save Pagan Island online petition, visit http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-military-plans-save-pagan-island. (Raquel C. Bagnol)