San Pedro’s environmental crisis!
Monday, February 2nd, 2015
January 28th 2015
Visions Inspired by the People
The issuing of residential lots over the past 20 years in the wetlands of Ambergris Caye and using garbage to fill these lots and build the streets, has created extremely toxic conditions which are polluting the marine and mangrove system. Dr. Marisa Tellez, UCLA PhD Biology; Crocodilian Parasitologist; NSF Postdoc Fellow at UCSB, who has conducted scientific study on the islands’ environment since 2008 found that “young crocs have no teeth and are bloated and do NOT have a healthy diversity of parasites. The fish either have NO parasites or FULL of parasites and have white spleens and livers, covered with cysts. This is a major red flag that they are being exposed to heavy metals and arsenic”.
On the “Good Morning San Pedro” TV Show today, January 28th, Dr. Tellez via skype stated that,” if we continue at this rate, the island is on the tipping point of a major environmental crisis. The state of the environment has a direct implication on the Tourism and Fishing Industry. Its contamination poses a major threat to the health and well-being of residents and visitors.”
The San Pedro VIP Team calls on the San Pedro Town Board to immediately cease from dumping of garbage for filling of streets. We call on Department of Environment to urgently investigate this matter which scientist predict will cause the economic and environmental collapse of Ambergris Caye. We further call on all residents and developers to be more conscious of the environment and to properly dispose of all garbage at the designated dumpsite.
The VIP launched their “Save San Pedro, Embrace the Change” campaign with the Environment as their priority issue.
Please help support Local Journalism in Belize
For the first time in the history of the island's community newspaper, The San Pedro Sun is appealing to their thousands of readers to help support the paper during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 1991 we have tirelessly provided vital local and national news. Now, more than ever, our community depends on us for trustworthy reporting, but our hard work comes with a cost. We need your support to keep delivering the news you rely on each and every day. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Please support us by making a contribution.Click to Donate