Support San Salvador Land and Marine Park!
February 19, 2014
Next month, Mission Blue Founder Dr. Sylvia Earle will be taking part in the Bahamian National Natural History Conference in Nassau. But did you know that although the Bahamas has been a model area for protection, part of the Bahamian Reefs Hope Spot remains unprotected?
Recently Living Jewels, a grassroots organization from San Salvador reached out to us about their work over almost a decade to establish a national land and sea park through the Bahamian National Trust. A final version of the proposal is in preparation and they are optimistic that it will get final approval soon.
On the island of San Salvador, the farthest island in the Bahamas from the US, the youth are deepening their connection to nature by experiencing in their own blue backyard, which is abundant with coral reefs and mangroves.
When she noticed that many local children could not swim or snorkel, despite the fact that they lived surrounded by water, Living Jewels and Sea Camp founder Sandra Voegeli decided to do something. Now they are out exploring the mangrove ecosystem and learning about its importance to the overall health of their environment.
The young people of San Salvador make wonderful spokespersons for the future. Here’s what they have to say!
Please take a moment and add your voice to ours as we call for protection for San Salvador’s pristine waters. Help insure that our children, and their children, will always find wonderment in San Salvador Island’s blue kingdom! Click and sign here! http://chn.ge/1bUzwDQ