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Jul 7, 2016

Are Environmental N.G.O.s Being Extorted?

Candy Gonzalez

And while developers have an impact on the movement by G.O.B. entities like the Department of the Environment, Gonzalez says there is also a definite impact on the N.G.O. community – a sort of double play by the developers and by the government.


Candy Gonzalez, President, Belize Institute of Environmental Law & Policy

“I think a lot of organizations actually get…are threatened with extortion in the sense that they get government money and they say that if they raise their voices too high they are going to lose that government money. I think there is much more of a need for the N.G.O. community to come together stronger. We should not be in a race with one another for funding and sources of funding. We should come together to say that we have a mission and a vision in terms of protecting the environment, reasonably and with good sense and a look toward the future. I think that we should all come together and do that and not be divided. The government tries to divide us and developers try and divide us and I think we have to be aware of that and overcome that. So I think we have to come together. I think that NCL was a good example. So was the development down in Toledo – with US Energy – and I think that they divide communities, they divide people and they divide N.G.O.s one from the other too. They demonize people who are trying to protect certain areas.”

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2 Responses for “Are Environmental N.G.O.s Being Extorted?”

  1. Mike G. says:

    “Divide and Conquer” seems to be GOB’s strategy. We cannot allow that to happen. As Candy has said,”We should come together to say that we have a mission and a vision in terms of protecting the environment, . .” GOB has to be a trusted partner in this effort but do they have the will and honesty to do so? I hope so but past experience tells me otherwise.

  2. Yankee says:

    Shut up and go home Yankee- America needs your help at this time saving it from politicians, racists and its own enviro and oil issues

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