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Jul 3, 2013

Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage unveils new logo

The umbrella organization for environmental NGOs launched a new logo this morning. The attractive design is simple put captures the mission of the Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage in respect of offshore oil exploration. The design is the work of John Ical, a graphic designer. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage began as a seven-member environmental group three years ago and has quickly grown to include a total of forty organizations countrywide.  In an effort to continue recruiting other non-governmental organizations, the Coalition has re-branded itself.  That process began several weeks ago with a national logo design competition.  From a total of twenty-five participants, who submitted multiple entries, a single winner was chosen.

 

Tanya Williams

Tanya Williams, Exec. Dir., Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage

“This is an opportunity for us to ensure that the public understands who we are and what is it that we want out of it and ensuring that there is a planned petroleum industry.  So it was a ripe opportunity for us to re-brand ourselves and to change the logo. The logo is an oil drop and it signifies the work that we’re doing both in the offshore and the onshore when it comes to oil exploration.  Of course, our position is that there should not be any oil exploration in our offshore or in our terrestrial protected areas.  It also serves to indicate to the public that we are trying to protect livelihoods, as well as heritage in the work we do.”

 

The best design, depicting an oil drop containing various aspects of environmental awareness, was submitted by John Ical.  This morning, that insignia was formally presented as the new image of the Coalition during an official launch.

 

John Ical

John Ical, Winner of Logo Competition

“Basically, the blue will relate to the sea, you know, because we are both focusing on land and sea so I contributed both the colors to nature, as well as to the sea so that’s how I came up with those colors.  In terms of the images then I just incorporated what I thought were relevant towards what was in the sea and what was on land.”

 

Williams says that contrary to what has been said about the Coalition, it does support terrestrial oil exploration outside of protected areas.

 

Tanya Williams

“That we’re trying to protect people or Belizean heritage in the work that we do and that is symbolized by the family that is visiting a protected area.  We also have a heron in the picture as well.  We have a fisherman who is fishing and so it shows you that we believe that it can be a balance in how we use our natural resources and that there can be onshore oil exploration, just not within our terrestrial protected areas.”

 

The Belize Coalition to Save Our Natural Heritage encourages the development of a legal framework to protect sensitive, economically important systems, particularly the offshore and terrestrial protected areas.  It also supports fair contribution of revenue derived from oil production. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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