Breaking news from Punta Colorada in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Rumors have been confirmed that towards the second half of the year 2011 the locals noticed heavy machinery beginning work and clearing out of some of the higher ground areas of one of Mexico's most beautiful and pristine coastal zone. "A marina development is on its way."
The zone is not only home to one of the best waves in Mexico, but is also home to a very large marine and terrestrial ecosystem. There you will find systems of water streams and steep hills covered in dense vegetation growing. The steep hills recede towards the coast giving form to a watershed system that fills a lake surrounded by mangroves and a river mouth empting into the Pacific Ocean.
This complex ecosystem hosts a variety of migratory birds, swans, ducks. Large crocodiles are found in the estuary while dolphins, tuna, turtles, oyster and other big fish populate the ocean waters year round to make this a true heaven on earth kind of place. The occasional migratory whales can also be seen playing around and resting at Punta Colorada. It is this balance of life and wonder that we seek to protect. There is an urgency to protect the area by declaring it a Natural Reserve to be kept and preserved in its pristine and undeveloped original state.
By converting Punta Colorada into a natural reserve, it would not only preotect the local environment but also the livelihood of the local community. A natural reserve would attract the global eco-conscious traveling community. The monetary benefits of having a constant flow of tourists looking for a nature escape is something that, under the right management, can create jobs for an entire community and help it thrive.
On the other hand, a marina development would only benefit large businesses and private corporations, ruining the place and excluding the larger community and tourists alike.
Today we need everyones help to protect this area and keep enjoying it for generations to come. We owe it to ourselves; we owe it to mother earth and to our kids. Please sign this petition asking the Mexican Federal Government to halt construction of the marina and declare Punta Colorada a Natural Reserve now !
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