Greenpeace calls for Oura Bay to be made an ocean sanctuary

Greenpeace calls for Oura Bay to be made an ocean sanctuary

At 2 p.m. at Nago City Hall, Mayor Susumu Inamine speaks of the beauty of Oura Bay with Karli Thomas, a crewmember of the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, and Junichi Sato, executive director of Greenpeace Japan, about the beauty of Oura Bay.

November 9, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 9, members of Greenpeace, the international environmental protection organization, visited Mayor Susumu Inamine at Nago City Hall. The Greenpeace campaign ship Rainbow Warrior’s crew expressed their wish to moor at Nago Fishing Port overnight and depart on November 10. Mayor Inamine welcomed the crew to the port.

Rainbow Warrior crewmember and oceans campaigner at Greenpeace New Zealand Karli Thomas made a statement in reference to her visit to Oura Bay 10 years ago. She declared, “It is an uncommonly beautiful place. If construction rages on, the ecosystem home to the Dugong will be entirely destroyed.” Greenpeace delivered a collection of signatures from 164 countries around the world, requesting that the waters at Henoko and Oura Bay be made ocean sanctuaries.

Mayor Inamine, upon receiving the signatures, offered his thanks, saying, “Even though local people oppose the base problems we face in our everyday lives, the Government of Japan is politically forcing through relocation [of Futenma Air Station]. The world is watching Japan (specifically, the government’s forced construction), so we cannot lose hope.”

According to Greenpeace, as of 2 p.m. on November 9, the Okinawa General Bureau (Cabinet Office) had not replied to the application to moor the Rainbow Warrior at Nago Fishing Port.

(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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