Leatherback March Pictures 7-24-09
On August 24 in downtown San José hundreds of people came together to show their support for the conservation of the leatherback sea turtle and to stop the bill to downgrade Leatherback National Park to a national wildlife refuge, thus permitting beachfront development.
The march began at the Central Cathedral and ended at the Legislative Assembly. Participants demonstrated their solidarity for the protection of Costa Rica’s natural resources and repugnance towards the government’s decisions to cater to private interests.
The march was highlighted by a group of Guanacaste youth in traditional dress, a traditional brass band, and life sized puppets.
During a press conference that followed the event, Alvaro Ugalde, Costa Rica’s visionary conservationist and creator of the country’s national park system, handed in 2,500 signatures to Partido de Accion Ciudadana (PAC) members, a political party vehemently against the proposed bill.