Belize has the longest coral reef in the western hemisphere. Its government has acted to prohibit oil and gas development offshore to protect natural heritage and the fishing industry. In contrast, Trumpy has exposed all of America's coasts to exploitation by oil companies. The Mesoamerican Reef, which runs along Belize's Caribbean coast, stretches from the northern tip of Yucatan to the Honduran Bay islands and is a UNESCO world heritage site. The new law imposes a fine of up to $3 million, or two years imprisonment, or both for violations of the ban.
[photo credit: Adam], and the American crocodile. Moreover, the Belizian economy is based on tourism, estimated to bring in $237 million annually; by protecting Nature, Belize has guaranteed its economic future. Green Kudos to Belize for its far-sighted decision!