Oceana


Belize Restoring Its Damaged Ocean

By Tik Root – Originally published on April 11, 2018 on National Geographic The Astrum helicopter company launches from a base less than five miles from where Belize City meets the Caribbean. In the backseat, to my left, is Belizean Senator Valerie Woods. Across from us are two representatives from international ocean protection organization Oceana, which organized the flight. The country’s minister of state, Carla Barnett, climbs into the front seat. “I haven’t been in a helicopter for a long time,” she mutters, pulling on her headset. The doors shut, and we’re off. As we rise above the trees, Belize […]


Mayas ready to wage WAR over oil drilling in Southern Belize 3

Originally posted on Amandala The vastly divided opinions of the Maya of Toledo on the very contentious issue of petroleum exploration have rival rural factions at loggerheads, with leading environmental and cultural activists from the south waging a new battle against both the Government of Belize and US Capital Energy, which they contend are not acting in their interest—but solely on the basis of the wealth private individuals can amass from the industry. The Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM), the Maya Leaders Alliance (MLA), the Toledo Alcaldes Association (TAA), and the four communities represented by SATIIM: Graham Creek, […]


Offshore Oil Drilling In Belize 2

Belize’s Government Under Pressure At Home For Offshore Drilling Concessions By Bilal Morris   The debate around offshore drilling in Belize hit center stage in June of 2010 with the Mayor of San Pedro, Elsa Paz, calling on her own government to have ‘consideration’ about making decisions on offshore drilling. Paz joined forces with advocates like the Coalition To Save Our National Heritage on the island to send a message to the Barrow administration to stop making decisions without consultation that can hurt the environment of Belize in the long run. “I believe that government should have some consideration before […]


In care of our Natural Habitat and those that share it with us. 1

Nearly impossible to clean up. That’s what the Coast Guard says about an oil spill in the Arctic. But Exxon just struck a deal to drill in Russian Arctic waters and our government is granting Arctic drilling leases and permits to Shell and other oil companies – which means deadly danger for seals. When inhaled, oil can cause serious breathing problems. On a seal’s fur, it destroys insulation, leaving the seal to freeze to death. And spills and accidents are inevitable – a Shell platform in the North Sea just had a major line burst, creating an oil slick 20 miles […]