“I have copied & pasted this directly from an email received by my fellow animal warrior, Jill who lives in South Africa”

Dear friends across Africa,

The Kenyan government is pushing to build a road through Nairobi National Park — putting the future of this unique wildlife sanctuary at risk. But the head of the Environment Authority can stop this disaster. Sign the petition now to give him to public mandate he needs to save the park, then forward this email to everyone:

The Kenyan government has just approved the construction of a road that slices through the unique Nairobi National Park. But massive public opposition can give the new head of the Environment Authority the backing he needs to stop this outrageous decision.

Nairobi National Park is an international gem — home to over 100 species of mammals and a sanctuary for the endangered black rhino. But the government’s plans to build a giant bypass through it would set a dangerous precedent, putting all national parks at risk of development. Kenyan biologist Paula Kahumbu is taking the government to court to try and stop the road, but despite the pressure, they are still pushing the Environment Authority to approve this park-killing plan.

If we now add a wave of public opposition, we can strengthen the hand of Environment Authority head Geoffrey Wahungu to defy the government and end the highway plan. Sign the petition now to call on Wahungu to save Nairobi National Park! When we reach 50,000 signatures, we’ll deliver the petition directly to Wahungu and the Kenyan government:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Save_Nairobi_National_Park/?vl

The national park is under enormous stress from a growing city, and conservationists say that this road project could set a precedent for further attempts to expand into the park– if opened to development, this sacred parkland would be worth millions. All the while, alternative routes that avoid the national park have been dismissed without serious investigation. The government says they’ll give the park replacement land, but none has yet been secured and a major road would disrupt the park’s precious ecosystem.

Just last year, public opposition helped defeat a plan to build a road through the heart of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Kenyan government was strongly opposed to that project on environmental and tourism grounds — but are now applying a double standard.

The government is already under legal pressure, and a public outcry can be the final push that saves Nairobi National Park for good. Sign the petition now to save the park:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Save_Nairobi_National_Park/?vl

The Avaaz community is winning on issues just like this all around the world. Just last year, we joined with Indigenous people in Bolivia to stop a highway that would have sliced through the heart of the Amazon rainforest — and won. Together, we are changing how politics works around the world, and now we can do so again.

With hope,

Alex, Paul, Emily, Ricken, Marie and the whole Avaaz team

PS: This campaign was started by Avaaz member, Mike. You can create your own campaign in just 5 minutes here: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?bv14939

SOURCES:

NEMA threathens to Bypass project (The Star)
http://www.the-star.co.ke/national/national/78286-nema-threatens-to-stop-bypass-project

Kenya government taken to court by conservation fraternity (eTN)
http://www.eturbonews.com/29349/kenya-government-taken-court-conservation-fraternity

Kenya: Tanzania Cancels Road Building in Serengeti (AllAfrica.com)
http://allafrica.com/stories/201106300106.html

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