06 Jun 2013
- By Raquel C. Bagnol - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
THE online petition opposed to the plan of the U.S. military to use Pagan for “live-fire training,” which includes everything from artillery to bombing, has gained an additional hundred signatures in a week’s time.
As of last night, 603 supporters from various locations had signed the petition. 2,397 signatures more are needed to reach the 3,000 signature target so copies of the petition can be delivered to the U.S. military and to the CNMI leadership including Gov. Eloy S. Inos, Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofscheider, the Senate, the House of Representatives, Naval Facilities Engineering Command of the Pacific, and U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan.
Supporters from Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Myanmar and the states gave various reasons for signing the petition including America’s “callous treatment of native lands and ecological biodiversity.” Another said that the U.S. military has one of the worst records of environmental destruction, citing as an example how Pearl Harbor was once the food basket of O’ahu but now is a toxic area with more than 748 contaminated sites.
Other supporters say Pagan is rich in culture, history, economic potential and has a perfect environment and is not for contamination and destruction. “Pagan is a beautiful island and does not need to be bothered by any military use, and to damage this community would do a great disservice to human culture.”
Supporters can choose to have their signatures shown by checking the box under the sign button. They can also choose to have their signatures hidden on the petition page.
A copy of the proposal of the U.S. military can be found at http://www.cnmijointmilitarytrainingeis.com.
To sign the Save Pagan Island online petition, visit http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-military-plans-save-pagan-island.