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|Originally Posted: 3 May 2010|
Stop U.S. Military Base Expansion that will Destroy Sea Turtle Coral Reef Habitat
Stop the expansion of the U.S. Okinawa military base that will destroy a delicate ecosystem!
Sign an online petition
And/Or make direct contact:
President Barack Obama
Secretary Robert Gates
Sec. Hilary Clinton,
U.S. Department of State
John V. Roos
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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