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Let's hear PM's answer to successful petition

Monday, October 02, 2017

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Dear Editor,

Stand Up for Jamaica expresses support for the campaign and petition for the safeguarding of the Cockpit Country, mounted by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) and other environmental interests.

As a human rights organisation, we believe that the upholding of environmental rights is critical to the overall well-being of all Jamaicans.

Cockpit Country is the largest-remaining natural forest in Jamaica.

The fresh water it stores and releases via almost 40 rivers, streams, springs, upwellings, glades, and ponds supplies about 40 per cent of western Jamaica's water needs. Jamaica is facing major negative impacts from global climate change — unpredictable rainfall and extreme weather events, including drought.

Ensuring the preservation of Cockpit Country promotes climate resilience and is an investment in the future.

We are pleased to learn that the petition calling on the prime minister to establish the boundary of Cockpit Country using the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group boundary; close the Cockpit Country to mining, quarrying and prospecting; and declare the Cockpit Country a protected national park, has received the 15,000 signatures required for a response by the prime minister.

We anticipate a positive response from Prime Minister Andrew Holness and urge him to take speedy action to protect the Cockpit Country and safeguard the environmental rights of all Jamaicans.

Maria Carla Gullotta

Stand Up for Jamaica

sufjmedia@gmail.com

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