Explorar, Disfrutar Y Proteger
This spring the Sierra Club's Puerto Rico Chapter—the Club's first Spanish-speaking chapter—organized its second annual Turtle Festival in San Juan (above and below), drawing between 2,000 and 3,000 people. Dozens of artisans, businesses, and environmental groups participated, there was music all day long, and the event was paid for almost entirely by local business sponsorships. The highlight, says chapter organizer Camilla Feibelman, was a children's march in which 300 kids participated, including school groups, boy and girl scouts, the police athletic league, and church groups. "Many of the kids dressed up as turtles and did little skits for the crowd," she says. Among the chapter's top priorities has been to protect the Northeast Ecological Corridor, a 3,200-acre coastal area that includes wetlands, forests, coral reefs, mangrove swamps, and a bio-luminescent lagoon, now threatened by two mega-resorts that would include 1,900 new residential and tourist units and three golf courses. But good news came recently when the Puerto Rico Supreme Court sided with the Sierra Club in ruling that an Environmental Impact Statement for one of the resorts illegally fragments the project. Aprender más aquí.