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Subject: [apa-japan] オバマ大統領に手紙を送るサイト
From: 真喜志 好一＠沖縄
Date: 2009/11/26 11:54
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Please forward this action alert widely. We are seeking
to deliver 100,000 letters to President Obama immediately.
<http://www.biologicaldiversity.org> Center for Biological Diversity
Help Save Okinawa Dugong and Coral Reef Ecosystem
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Okinawa is home to ecologically significant coral reefs
that support more than 1,000 species of reef fish,
marine mammals, and sea turtles. Creatures like the highly
imperiled dugong, a critically endangered and culturally
treasured animal, rely on these reefs for their survival.
But the U.S. government is planning to build a new
American military base atop a healthy coral reef that will
likely destroy the diverse array of animal life the reef
supports, including at least nine species threatened with
extinction. Okinawa's coral reefs are already threatened
by global warming and pollution: More than half have
disappeared over the past decade. We must protect the reef
and its inhabitants.
American, Japanese, and international organizations have
spoken out for this critical area and against the potential
harm that the new military base would cause. Back in 1997,
Japan's Mammalogical Society placed the mighty dugong,
a distant relative of the manatee, on its "Red List of
Mammals," estimating the population in Okinawa to be
critically endangered. Our own Endangered Species Act lists
the dugong and three sea turtles affected by the project as
endangered. The U.S. government's Marine Mammals Commission
is weighing in with fears that the project would be a
serious threat to the dugong and other animals' survival,
and the World Conservation Union's dugong specialists have
expressed similar concerns.
Construction of the offshore facility will devastate the
marine environment and have dramatic consequences for
oceangoing birds and coastal species as well. In addition to
destruction of the coral reef off the coast of Henoko
village, the planned base will deplete essential freshwater
supplies, increase the human population in sensitive areas,
and encourage more environmentally harmful development --
causing irreversible ecological damage to one of the most
diverse ecosystems on earth. The U.S. government must
abandon this plan.
Environmental groups from both sides of the Pacific Ocean --
the Center for Biological Diversity and the Turtle Island
Restoration Network in the United States and Dugong Network
Okinawa, Save the Dugong Foundation, Committee Against
Heliport Construction/Save Life Society, and the Japan
Environmental Lawyers Federation in Japan -- have filed a
lawsuit in federal district court in San Francisco against
the U.S. Department of Defense to stop the base.
We need your help to speak out. Please take a minute to send
the letter below to President Barack Obama, Defense
Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,
and Ambassador to Japan John Roos.
Subject: Stop the Planned Military Base for Okinawa
The island of Okinawa has been called the "Galapagos
of the East" because of the incredible variety of
marine and terrestrial life it supports. Almost 400
types of coral form Okinawan reefs, which support
more than 1,000 species of reef fish, marine mammals,
and sea turtles. This incredible array of life makes
the island second only to Australia's Great Barrier
Reef in terms of marine biodiversity.
Tragically, a military project being pushed by the U.S.
and Japanese governments may doom a healthy reef,
driving these magnificent species to extinction.
The current plan to construct a new American military
base partially atop Henoko Reef in Okinawa would destroy
a critically important coral reef that supports at least
nine endangered species -- animals protected under
American, Japanese, and international law.
Creatures like the highly imperiled dugong, a critically
endangered and culturally treasured animal, rely on this
habitat for their very survival. Japan's Mammalogical
Society placed the dugong on its "Red List of Mammals"
in 1997, estimating the population in Okinawa to be
critically endangered. The U.S. government's Marine
Mammals Commission also fears the project would be a
serious threat to the animals' survival; the World
Conservation Union's dugong specialists have expressed
Three types of endangered sea turtles -- the hawksbill,
loggerhead, and green -- also depend on this ecosystem.
All of these turtles, as well as the dugong, are listed
under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Construction of the offshore facility will devastate
the marine environment and have dramatic consequences
for birds and other ocean-dependent species too. In
addition to destroying the coral reef off the coast of
Henoko village, this plan will deplete essential
freshwater supplies and encourage more environmentally
Okinawa's coral reefs are already threatened by global
warming and pollution. More than half have disappeared
over the past decade. This makes preserving the existing
healthy reefs absolutely critical.
By reconsidering construction of this airbase, you can
help ensure that Okinawa's treasures of the sea survive
and thrive. Please put a halt to this shortsighted plan.
Your letter will be sent to these recipients:
President Barack Obama
Sec. Robert Gates
Department of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000
Sec. Hillary Clinton
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20520
John V. Roos
U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Unit 9800 Box 300 APO AP96303-0300
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Dugong photo (c) Suehiro Nitta.
The dugong is a saltwater manatee that has deep cultural
significance to Okinawan people. Only about 50 dugongs
are thought to remain in Japanese waters.
Coral reefs are essential habitat for the dugong.
In Japan, the primary remaining dugong habitat exists off
the northeastern coast of Okinawa -- precisely where base
construction will take place. Dugongs use seagrass
beds in the area to feed, mate, and rear their young.
Construction will crush this critical habitat for
the dugong. The Nature Conservation Society of Japan has
called the proposed base the "greatest threat" to local
seagrass beds. Even if the seagrass doesn't die off
completely, construction will eliminate feeding trails
that are essential for dugong. A study by the Japan
Scientists Association found that destruction of the coral
reef and seagrass beds "is inescapable at the planned site
of the base."
Both Japan's Environment Ministry and the U.S. Defense
Facilities Administration Agency conducted surveys that
found dugong off the coast of Nago, directly in
the project area, and aerial surveys have documented
dugongs in Oura Bay.
Three imperiled species of sea turtles -- the hawksbill,
loggerhead, and green -- rely on habitat in the Henoko
area. All three types of turtles are listed under the U.S.
Endangered Species Act and the global Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species.
Sea turtles use nearby beaches to feed and lay their eggs.
The new base will cause pollution, create harmful
artificial lighting in the area, and increase human
activity -- all of which are harmful to turtle reproduction.
Forests and Birds
The new base will require a constant supply of freshwater
from the Yanbaru forest ecosystem -- and not just for
drinking. Because military aircraft will be exposed to
salt water, they must be washed with freshwater every day
to avoid corrosion.
Already, the ecologically significant Yanbaru forest
suffers from numerous dam projects. Drawing more water
from this sensitive area will imperil endangered bird
species that rely on the forest for habitat, such as
the Okinawa woodpecker and the Okinawa rail.
The Okinawa woodpecker is the official bird of
the prefecture, and under grave threat.
Threatened mangrove trees will be at risk, too. Twelve
stands of mangrove may come under direct threat from
pollution created by the new base, including some
classified as protected areas by the Japanese government.