Oceana & ACCSD

Posted By: Amanda Syme

Oceana & ACCSD - 03/17/11 09:43 PM

Hello Everyone,

Oceana is a member of the Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage and it is dedicated to the protection of our marine resources by addressing serious national matter such as offshore oil development. As part of their ongoing work with the Coalition, they keep informing and educating the general populace about the dangers of allowing exploration and drilling offshore and in our protected areas.

Oceana, in collaboration with the Coalition to Save our Natural Heritage and it's local partner, Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD) is hosting a series of activities in San Pedro Town with a view to update the citizenry on the status of oil exploration and drilling in our country. The aim is for the people to learn about the oil issues, sign the petition for a referendum and equip them with sufficiend information so as to know how to vote on this matter on referendum day.

The first of these events in San Pedro will be the "Oil Exploitation Public Forum" scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Lion's Den, San Pedro Town. They will have speakers discussing the oil contracts, the law and it's implications for us, the environmental impacts of this industry and it's socio-economic realities.

You and your members are extended a warm invitation to attend this event - bring your friends and family along. There will be an opportunity to meet the presenters and ask questions so you can learn more about this issue.

Thank you in advance for all the support.
Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development
63 Barrier Reef Drive
San Pedro Town

Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development. website -

Embracing development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
Posted By: Dane

Re: Oceana & ACCSD - 03/21/11 04:36 PM

Oceana advertised a petition that would be circulated on CC. The TV ad said t hey would go door to door but no other way to sign. None of us in the green movement ever saw this. Any idea how we might help?
Posted By: ACCSD

Re: Oceana & ACCSD - 03/21/11 06:41 PM

The ACCSD have the petition forms at our office here in San Pedro - call Coqui on 226-2799 and she will be able to send some over to you in CC.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Oceana & ACCSD - 03/24/11 02:25 PM

Oceana educates residents on the reality of Oil Exploration & Drilling

OCEANA continues its on-going work of providing information and education to the general public about the dangers of allowing exploration and drilling offshore in our protected areas. The organization is dedicated to the protection of our Marine Resources, and as such, was in San Pedro this past Thursday, March 17. This visit was the first in a series of presentations to update residents on the status of oil exploration and drilling within the country of Belize. Joining the Oceana team was a member of The Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage. The Coalition was formed in June of 2010, and focuses mainly on the banning of offshore oil exploration.

In collaboration with its local partner; the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD), Oceana held the first in the series of meetings and activities Thursday night at the San Pedro Lion's Den. A group of over 75 concerned citizens, including business owners, students and media personnel, showed up for the presentation.

Audrey Matura-Shepherd, Vice President of Oceana and Co-Chair of the Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage, spoke with The San Pedro Sun. As to the purpose of the presentation in San Pedro, she stated, "We had been to San Pedro before but we just found out about the issues about the map and we have updated information which allows us to actually discuss the contract. We can tell people what has happened since then and a lot has happened and developed in the whole debate and discussion and dialogue of oil, so there's a lot to inform the people in San Pedro."

According to Ms. Matura, one of the more important tasks that they have undertaken is the referendum. As part of the Coalition, Oceana is pushing to garner 17,000 signatures from registered Belizean voters, a task which was expected to be completed within the next three months. She informed that within the first month, the Coalition managed to garner 7,000 of those signatures. With two months left, the race is on to garner10,000 more signatures. Once the signatures are garnered, they will trigger a referendum.

The battle doesn't end there however. Going to referendum means that the Coalition would need 60% of the voting population to come out and vote on the matter, and from that 60%, the Coalition will need to have the majority of the votes. In order to achieve this outcome, the Coalition has embarked on a country wide education campaign.

San Pedro Sun

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