Belize’s Coral Reef Threatened by Oil Interests. Help Protect It!
April 17, 2017
Belize’s waters are home to 1,400 different species, including 500 types of fish and 100 corals. This reef hosts the world’s largest population of threatened west Indian manatees, as well as endangered sharks and marine turtles. The survival of these rare animals depends on keeping their habitats safe from threats.
In 2009, UNESCO placed the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System on the List of World Heritage in Danger. In recent years, the reef’s ecosystems have been damaged by coastal construction, and oil concessions continue to pose a threat. Drilling for oil anywhere in Belize’s waters would put the reef at risk, and should be banned.
Together we can protect the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site from harmful industrial activities.
Healthy ocean ecosystems benefit humans just as much, if not more, than they do marine animals, so it is up to us to stand up for this precious reef. Together we can protect the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site from harmful industrial activities by signing this petition to the Belize prime minister.