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Petition: No to Military Base YES to Dugong Protection Area

If you haven't signed this petition from Save the Dugong Campaign Center, please consider doing so and sharing with your friends. They need less than a hundred signatures to meet their goal of 1,000!

“Henoko Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Lawsuit” plaintiffs show dugong video at July 16, 2011 court hearing

After six decades of U.S. military operations in the region, fewer than 50 critically endangered dugongs struggle to survive in Okinawa — once known as the “Galápagos of the East” for its rich biodiversity. Following a 1996 U.S. proposal to destroy Oura Bay, a principal dugong habitat, to make way for massive military construction, environmentalists worldwide turned to legal channels to address the threat to the beloved sea mammal's habitat. In 2003, Okinawan, Japanese and U.S. environmentalists successfully collaborated in a lawsuit seeking to halt the proposal.. In 2008, a U.S. federal judge ruled against the U.S. Department of Defense, requiring it to consider impacts of proposed military construction in Oura Bay on the dugong to avoid or mitigate harm. In response, the U.S. military devised an alternative, yet equally destructive plan, to elude compliance with the court ruling. In turn, 622 plaintiffs — seeking to stop additional U.S. military destruction in Okinawa — initiated another legal action. They brought a class action suit in a Japanese court against the Japanese Defense Bureau's arm in Okinawa, the Okinawan Defense Bureau. Their complaint challenges the legality and scientific validity of the Bureau’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Hideki Yoshikawa, international director of Save the Dugong Campaign Center, reports on the 12th court hearing of the case at Okinawa Outreach, a new blog from Okinawa.

Henoko unharmed by typhoon: Photos of No Base/Peace Gallery; AU student solidarity banner still enjoying sea breeze

Hideki Yoshikawa of Save the Dugong Campaign Center shares a report from Henoko, including not-to-be-missed photos of people's art transforming the foreign military base fence into a local outdoor art space.

Please watch this animation from Save the Dugong Campaign Center

Save the Dugong Campaign Center (SDCC) is a coalition member of our Japanese partner, JUCON. The Japanese NGO acts to protect the dugong living in Okinawa, in the southern part of Japan. The Okinawa dugong is a marine mammal which inhabits the warm ocean waters off Henoko. Its existence is threatened by environmental destruction, especially the Japanese government's plan (against unanimous Okinawan democratically expressed choice) to build a U.S. Marine base in its only habitat. Please watch the posted video for some brief information about the dugongs in Okinawa. You can reach and join the SDCC on Facebookhere.