Palawan is the Philippines’ Last Frontier. It is home to 40% of the country’s remaining mangrove areas, 30% of the country’s coral reefs, 17 key biodiversity areas, 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 8 declared protected areas, and the country’s last remaining stretch of old-growth forests. It also has a wide variety of flora and fauna species. Palawan has been designated as a Man and Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations, yet it has been sold out to mining corporations.
Environmentalist and anti-mining activist, Dr. Gerry Ortega was shot dead last January 24, 2011 due to his fight against the expansion of mining activities in Palawan which causes landslides and floods, threatening the lives of many people in Palawan. He fought that mining was not the solution to poverty in Palawan, since it is a short-lived source of income that kills the environment and its costs outweigh the benefits. The best solution was through eco-tourism, preserving the environment and providing long-term jobs for many people in Palawan.
If we destroy Palawan, we don’t just destroy its resources and heritage, we destroy one of the country’s last remaining treasures. Doc Gerry is dead, but let his dream live on by signing the NO TO MINING IN PALAWAN PETITION. Filipino or not, please reblog, sign the petition, and help the country!