Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization that works to protect and restore the world’s oceans through targeted policy campaigns. Here in Belize the organization strives in working to protect Belize’s pristine and vast barrier reef from offshore oil drilling.
On June 8th, 2010, a group of organizations and concerned individuals formed the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage. The ultimate goal of the coalition is to get a ban on all offshore oil drilling and a ban of all oil exploration and exploitation in protected areas.
Together the Belize Coalition and Oceana have been working on a nationwide campaign to protect the country’s marine resources from the inherent dangers of offshore oil through a national mural project depicting Belize’s Caribbean Sea in every major municipality. The aim of the colorful displays is to showcase our natural wealth and to remind Belizeans of the importance of remaining vigilant in the struggle to protect these living factories that provide us with clean air, clean water, food and a sense of self sustainability.
Here in Orange Walk the municipal mural was unveiled last night on Bakers street representing the forest, river and ocean. The main attraction of the mural is a large Jaguar used to represent the national themes since it is known as the king of the forest here in Belize. When it comes to the bird, the vast array of colors is used to represent the different species of birds that are found in Belize. The crocodile represents Orange walk town due to the river and our archeological site, Lamanai, which means submerged crocodile. The coral, turtle, fishes, octopus and manatee represent the marine life; and in particular the turtle and the manatee were put close together to highlight them as endangered species in Belize due to hunters and other threats that are causing them to become extinct. The Mural was created by Elvis Aldana who created the scene with the use of spray paint as a form of graffiti art to represent Belize as a unique and wonderful country.
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