Oceana Writes Love Letter to Sea

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Updated: February 12, 2016

With the feelings and expressions of love being celebrated over this Valentine’s weekend, the staff at Oceana Belize found it fitting to release a love poem.  It isn’t prose for any particular individual but rather expressions of love and appreciation for the Caribbean Sea.  The ode is entitled, A Love Letter to the Caribbean Sea from Belize’.  The poem speaks of the water’s beauty and abundance, its unwavering strength that protects the coastlines and the magnificent shelter and home it provides for our marine resources thus providing employment for the fishers, food for the men, women and children.  The last stanza in the poem reads, quote, “You may have seen us on the coasts and cayes, picking up the garbage that’s choking you. You may have heard our voices, calling for sustainable development projects. You have felt our hands as they stretch across the sand to protect you from offshore oil. It’s not enough but we promise to do more. We promise to speak up even more boldly and loudly and to get even more people involved.”  End of quote.  For a full view of this love letter to the Caribbean Sea from Belize, you can log on to our website, www.lovefm.com

 

Dear Caribbean Sea,

Some of our earliest memories are of you, our beautiful Caribbean Sea. Carefree days; warm sand; beauty and abundance as far as the eye could see. Every year, we take a knee, hoping we are not forced to witness the power of your waters in storms and hurricanes. And every day, we give thanks to you for the air we breathe, the water we drink, the coasts you protect, the jobs you provide, the food you put on our tables. We dare not imagine a world without you…a world without our reef, without fish, without all the treasures that make us who we are: proud Belizeans. No matter where we live, we recognize the role you play in our personal health and in the global reality.

Belize is small but we’re strong. And we know just how important you are to us—all the ways we are interconnected and dependent on how you’re feeling. We see you hurting. We hear your cries for help. We know that if each country works diligently to save the ocean, we can help you help yourself. We promise to act, to reimagine how we use and protect our resources to ensure we are doing what we can to minimize climate change, ensure food and job security and a better quality of life for all.

You may have seen us on the coasts and cayes, picking up the garbage that’s choking you. You may have heard our voices, calling for sustainable development projects. You have felt our hands as they stretch across the sand to protect you from offshore oil. It’s not enough but we promise to do more. We promise to speak up even more boldly and loudly and to get even more people involved. We know that if we all come together and use our hearts, hands and voices, our small ripples will create big waves of change.

We promise to do more than just say we love you; we promise to act like it.

Love always,

the people of Belize.