Posted by: ecodestination | February 4, 2009

The Xcacel-Xcacelito Ecocide – The Beginning

Xcacel-Xcacelito. Photo by Titti Alvarado

Xcacel-Xcacelito. Photo by Titti Alvarado

It all started over a decade ago, with Sol Melía’s unsuccessful attempts at destroying the Xcacel-Xcacelito ecosystem (Quintana Roo, Mexico) for the sake of his hotel chain. Environmental activists have been able to steer Melía off course, but the time might have come for his success in 2009.

The selfish, über-capitalist, global-warming-loving Melía has apparently acquired the necessary permits to build right by a reserve, Xcacel-Xcacelito, which would essentially eradicate it.

This fragile ecosystem is where different species of near-endangered turtles, such as loggerheads and green turtles, go to nest every year. Biologists try to protect their eggs from predators at night during this time of year (May-October).

It seems that Melía’s multinational corporation’s been lobbying, all the while receiving the unconditional blessings of the Spanish government through its embassy in Mexico, if not directly through their Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, another awesome man of the people out to make the world a better place.

Zapatero visited Mexico last year to show his support for the recently “elected” President Felipe Calderón, and to reciprocate the visit he had previously made to Spain. During these meetings, the guilty parties partied with the main Spanish multinational corporations, who just happened to be investing in Mexico. (What a series of coincidences!)

They are all also linked via the Universidad de Quintana Roo (UQROO), Governor Félix González Canto,  and the powerful Quintana Roo Xcaret Group of investors.

I guess the Spanish government and Melía belong to the Global Warming is a Myth! group. Probably to the We’re Corporatists, We’re Rich So We Don’t Care About the Rest of the World group, too. Or maybe they’re just mindless jerks (I’m watching my language, here).

If only more people knew about these developments! If only the mainstream media worked to enlighten instead of to please the corporations that feed it. Part of the work we can do to solve the issues of corporations trying to literally make a killing, is support independent media, help it grow by spreading the word about it to help disseminate the issues we care about that FOX and other poisonous networks wants to cover up.

Read more here, here, and here (in Spanish).

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  1. [...] about the Xcacel-Xcacelito red alert, here, here, here, and [...]

  2. Yes, a developer is planning to build at Xcacel. However, I have been informed by my contacts in Mexico that the developer is Mexican. Regardless, please help! X’cacel, Quintana Roo, Mexico a critical sea turtle nesting beach and Ramsar Site (no. 1351) is faced with destruction. There are two pieces of land at X’cacel that are not protected and one has been bought by a developer. The developer plans a large resort along the boundary line of Xcacel and the land the developer has bought does not have any beach access!!!! so naturally the lots of tourist (too many for the turtles) will be going on Xcacel to use the beach!
    The Secretaria de Medio Ambierte y Recursos Naturales (Mexican EPA) is supposed to make a decision about the project.
    Please help spread this information. At http://www.xcacel.org/ (Spanish) or http://xcacel.org/english/ (English) you can send an email to Juan Elvira, Secretario de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, who will be deciding Xcacel’s fate.

    • Thank you so much for that information, Mary Louise! I will write a post about this.


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