Programa Ambiental de Luquillo
The Fight to Protect Our Fragile, Damaged, Marine Ecosystems
You might recall that we recently featured Proyecto Tinglar de Luquillo, the neighborhood and community group that is working to protect turtle nesting grounds in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. Their name has changed to more specifically define their project, Programa Ambiental de Luquillo.
As you may or may not know, our environment in Puerto Rico is under heavy siege right now by developers who are praying on the hardships following Hurricane Maria. In order to boost tourism, local zoning is becoming lax. Land is very cheap in Puerto Rico right now because it is hard to value it with market research. Many land-owners are in need of a financial boost, and so it’s going for pennies on the dollar. I don’t tell you this to encourage you to invest in land in Puerto Rico unless you want to invest to protect it.
There are literally thousands of vacant houses throughout the island that have been coexisting with nature for many years. Those are the buildings that deserve investment. The places where your house is carved out of little bits of the jungle, but is not sitting on a clear-cut lot, which is what most purchased land lots are being turned into.
We already know that our forest canopy was damaged enough that it no longer cools the air fast enough to cause our rain-forest to get rained on (tricky one, that). All of our drinking water comes from that rain forest, and if we lose that, we are done for.