Stop U.S. Military Base Expansion that will Destroy Sea Turtle Coral Reef Habitat

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Originally Posted: 3 May 2010

Stop U.S. Military Base Expansion that will Destroy Sea Turtle Coral Reef Habitat

FROM Sea Turtle Restoration Project

Stop the expansion of the U.S. Okinawa military base that will destroy a delicate ecosystem!

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President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500
(202) 456-1111
web email form

Secretary Robert Gates
Department of Defense
1400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1400
(703) 571-3343

Sec. Hilary Clinton, U.S. Department of State
Friends of Hillary
1825 K Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington DC, 20006
email

John V. Roos
U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Unit 9800 Box 300
APO AP96303-0300
Unit 9800 Box 300
APO AP 96303-0300
phone 011-81-3-3224-5000
fax 011-81-3-3505-1862

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles thrive in sensitive coral reefs that would be destroyed if the plans to expand the Okinawa base are approved. This delicate ecosystem full of endangered sea turtles, the endangered Okinawa dugong, and over 1,000 species of reef fishes needs our help. These reefs already suffer the deadly effects of pollution from the current military base, and now the Obama administration is pushing to expand the base.

Save Sea Turtles and the Endangered Dugong

The habitat for the critically endangered dugong would be destroyed when the base expands onto Henoko reef. The U.S. Marine Mammals Commission and the World Conservation Union's dugong specialists have expressed concerns that the project would be a serious threat to the dugongs' survival. In response to threats to this species' survival, Japan's Mammalogical Society placed the culturally treasured dugong on its "Red List of Mammals" in 1997.


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