Nickelodeon’s underwater theme park in Palawan is facing a rough sailing ahead as online signature campaign signifying opposition picking up steam.
If the number of shares and likes from netizens in response to the open letter written by Anna Oposa, Chief Director of a non-organization Save Philippine Seas, containing the strong opposition to the planned underwater resort and theme park could be an indication, the project is doomed from the get go.
Oposa remarked that Nickelodeon’s underwater resort and theme park in Coron, Palawan runs counter to their claim that the theme park would ‘advocate ocean protection’ which she said would accomplish the opposite.
Oposa said it does not add up for a company that targets young audience but wants to build an underwater resort and theme park that would take away their right to enjoy the Philippines natural resources.
She ended the open letter telling Nickelodeon to stop their plan because ‘our underwater life is fascinating, entertaining, and educational on its own.’
Oposa made use of the ##CoronIsNotBikiniBottom in the social media campaign.
She also urged the public to participate in the online signature campaign petitioning the local government of Palawan and the investors to reconsider their plan.
The online signature campaign has reached almost 70,000 signature, 5,000 signatures short of the 75,000 signatures needed to reach the threshold set by campaign creator, Anna Osopa.
The post has garnered 12,444 shares, 1,168 comments and 27 reactions on Facebook as of this writing.
Read full text of the open letter below…
I grew up watching your shows. I also grew up swimming, snorkeling, and diving in the Philippines’ rich seas.
Yesterday, you announced the plan to build an underwater theme park in Coron, Palawan, which will cover 400 hectares. Contrary to your statement that it would “advocate ocean protection,” it will accomplish the opposite. By building artificial structures, you will undeniably damage and disrupt Palawan’s marine ecosystems — our last frontier.
For a channel that targets children, you are setting a terrible example to the younger generation by taking away their right to enjoy our natural resources. We don’t need an underwater theme park — our underwater life is fascinating, entertaining, and educational on its own.
Spongebob would agree.
Chief Mermaid and Executive Director
Save Philippine Seas
Agree? Sign the petition NOW! https://www.bataris.org.ph/…/no-to-nickelodeon-s-underwater…
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