Aug 23, 2017

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) announced in a statement sent to media yesterday that Nickelodeon will no longer be part of the underwater-themed resort in Coron, Palawan. The statement said there had been a mutual agreement between VIMN/Nickelodeon and Coral World Park to discontinue IP licensing for the project.

The 400-hectare theme park-resort was initially introduced as an underwater attraction, but was met with criticism from environmentalists and netizens. The Department of Tourism, despite expressing “excitement” over the proposed project, also said they have not yet approved plans for the theme park’s construction, especially as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Palawan local government still have to assess the project.

With VIMN and Nickelodeon out of the picture, it might be difficult for Coral World Park to continue construction without a big partnership or investment. While we continue to lobby against the theme park’s construction, here are other ways we can help protect Coron and the rest of our country’s marine resources:

Use fewer plastics

Plastic does not decompose, and it only breaks down into smaller particles such as microplastics. These can contaminate our waters and even our salt. Fish and other sea creatures may also end up ingesting microplastics—ultimately ending up on our plates, as well. Plastics can also end up killing marine animals through ingestion or entanglement. Some simple ways to lessen plastic use: Shift to a reusable bag for your purchases, bring your own reusable water bottle, and stop using plastic straws.

Join cleanups

Legitimate ones, that is. Don’t just pick up trash and throw them back into the water to be picked up again for publicity. Check out local environmental groups for any volunteer programs and coastal cleanups. You can also do your part on your own, by picking up your trash at the beach.

Make sustainable choices

If you plan to go shopping, especially for souvenirs, refrain from purchasing products made out of items taken from coral reefs or marine creatures.

 

Photo courtesy of Inquirer.net

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