Nickelodeon, the firm behind SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer said that it will open a theme park in Coron, Palawan. The said park would be a 400-hectare (1,000-acre) undersea development showcasing the area’s marine life. It would also give fans a chance to “interact with the brand and the iconic characters they love.”
However, netizens have commented online that opening this park would be bad for the environment.
Anna Oposa is the co-founder of Save Philippine Seas (SPS). It is a movement that aims to stop the abuse and destruction of the country’s marine resources. She has taken to Facebook to say the dangers to the environment that opening this theme park will cause.
Here is her Facebook post:
I grew up watching your shows. I also grew up swimming, snorkeling, and diving in the Philippines’ rich seas.
Yesterday, you announced the plan to build an underwater theme park in Coron, Palawan, which will cover 400 hectares. Contrary to your statement that it would “advocate ocean protection,” it will accomplish the opposite. By building artificial structures, you will undeniably damage and disrupt Palawan’s marine ecosystems — our last frontier.
For a channel that targets children, you are setting a terrible example to the younger generation by taking away their right to enjoy our natural resources. We don’t need an underwater theme park — our underwater life is fascinating, entertaining, and educational on its own.
Spongebob would agree.
Chief Mermaid and Executive Director
Save Philippine Seas
Anna Oposa also set up a petition online for her cause here.
Currently, 50k has responded and signed the petition with a number of netizens commenting positively for her cause.
Underwater theme park!!!! Nakaka migraine!! Dun nyo gawin sa Scarborough o Di Kaya sa Philippine Deep #esepeseppagmaytime
— Lucille Sering (@lucille_sering) January 11, 2017
This cause is close to my heart – please sign: https://t.co/NjScuYrlOc
— Yeb Saño (@YebSano) January 11, 2017
Putting an underwater theme park in Palawan is STUPID… S.T.U.P.I.D. and W.R.O.N.G. https://t.co/DQKtO8SqDw
— Gregorio Larrazabal (@GoyYLarrazabal) January 11, 2017
— Gregorio Larrazabal (@GoyYLarrazabal) January 10, 2017
NO TO NICKELODEON'S UNDERWATER THEME PARK IN PALAWAN! Sign this petition now: https://t.co/at5OdCGrtx
— paulyn ポリン (@paulynomial_) January 10, 2017
Palawan is part of UNESCO, it should be off limits to being developed commercially if it doesn't preserve the island's natural resources.
— Camie Juan (@camiejuan) January 10, 2017