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Rally to Save the Okinawa Dugong
February 3, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Join Turtle Island Restoration Network and the Center for Biological Diversity in non-violent, direct action for the critically endangered Okinawa dugong, one of earth’s most endangered marine mammals.
We will be meeting on Monday, February 3 outside a San Francisco courthouse where a case will be heard regarding plans on the construction of a U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan. The planned base will pave and fill in hundreds of acres of rich seagrass habitat critical to the survival of dugong and several species of endangered sea turtles.
Scientists estimate there are fewer than 50 Okinawa dugong left in the world—we must rally to get the word out, and help save the last remaining dugong and their critical habitat!
TIRN and our partners are suing the Department of Defense for failing to comply with U.S. environmental laws requiring a thorough evaluation of the proposed base’s threat to the dugong. A referendum amongst the people of Okinawa resulted in overwhelming opposition to the base construction. The ongoing construction of the base will destroy two ecologically rich bays that are imperative for dugong survival.
Turtle Island Restoration Network staff, volunteers and supporters will be gathering outside the courthouse to rally on behalf of the last remaining Okinawa dugongs. Bring signs and noise makers! And remember to bring your reusable water bottles to stay hydrated!
We’ll meet on the Mission Street side of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Courthouse. The rally will run from 11:00am-1:00pm — come for as little or as long as you can. Groups are also welcome. Signs and noise makers are encouraged.
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