|The march through the main streets ended with a fundraiser at Central Park.|
|Many messages on posters were hefted into the air, proclaiming the carrier’s sentiments. |
Protecting our environment requires many steps, however according to the Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development (ACCSD), it requires, just as their name implies, sustainable development. In order to bring their message across, ACCSD held a march on Saturday through the main streets of the island.
Leading the pack was the Isla Bonita Drum Corps followed by supporters and golf carts showcasing their banners proudly and marching in unison. The motto which has been followed by ACCSD has been “Fish do grow on trees in San Pedro,” since the mangroves systems found around the island and on the country provide a home for the fish to breed.
Marching along with supporters were Honorable Manuel Heredia, Area Representative and Minister of Tourism, as well as members of the San Pedro Town Council.
Once at Central Park, President of the San Pedro Tour Guide Association, Billy Leslie stated, “We are here to send the message loud and clear, straight and strong, let us not kill our coral reef, let us not kill our livelihood. We are talking about long term jobs […] Not just build a house today […] we talk about sustainable development that will ensure the health of our coral reef and environment and promoting jobs not just building today and gone tomorrow.” Honorable Heredia took to the microphone and pledged his support to ACCSD, “We want a future for our children and our grandchildren.”
Items were also placed for auction and among them were Island Ferry Gold Pass for unlimited travel on the Island Ferry for a whole month, T-shirts, Bumper stickers, Children’s art work. Food and drinks were also sold to raise money. Monies raised will be used to promote awareness through TV, Radio, and Newspaper ads.
For further information on how to help ACCSD contact Kirah Foreman at 226-2247 or Rebecca Arceo at Seaduced 226-2254.