18 Sep 2013
- By Junhan B. Todeno - email@example.com - Variety News Staff
SAVE Pagan Island advocate Jerome Aldan is asking the community, especially residents and families of the Northern Islands now residing on Saipan, to continue campaigning against the proposed militarization of Pagan.
A program manager of the Northern Islands mayor’s office, Aldan said residents should visit the “informative” website that discusses the impact of military training on Pagan.
He cited in particular the article “Pagan Island – Too Beautiful to Bomb” (http://sierraclub.typepad.com/planet/2013/09/pagan-island-too-beautiful-to-bomb.html)
Aldan said the Sierra Club, “an environmental powerhouse in the U.S. and around the world with over 10,000 active members, pointed out the risks to the habits of animals and plants, mostly endemic, rare and endangered, if the island is turned into a live-fire training ground.
One of the commenters on the website says “God’s wonderful creation is about to be obliterated from the face of earth if we as citizens do not apply the voice of reason to prevent an impending desecration of Pagan…whose backyard is the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument declared by then President Bush in 2009. Please help!”
Aldan is likewise encouraging other advocates for culture, development and the environment, especially the young generation, to visit the Save Pagan Island website (www.savepaganisland.org) to learn more about the history of the island and the U.S. military’s plan to conduct live-fire training there.