Hollywoodreporter.com writes that Viacom, creator of the hit global animation series, “Spongebob Squarepants” aired on Nickelodeon, is set to establish its first undersea Nickelodeon Resort and Attraction in Southeast Asia.
The report goes further that, “The attraction will be part of Coral World Park Undersea, a 400-hectare development in the Philippine province of Coron, Palawan that is expected to open in several steps starting in 2018 and is described as the world’s first undersea attraction.”
The theme park is scheduled to open in 2020.
But already, protests have marred the announcement, particularly from Filipinos concerned about the environmental damage that can be wreaked by the huge project to the marine environment of Palawan.
In fact, thousands have already signed an online petition created by Filipino environmentalist Anna Oposa. The petition states that:
“Contrary to the press statement that the underwater theme park would ‘advocate ocean protection,’ it will accomplish the exact opposite. By building artificial structures, you will undeniably damage and disrupt Palawan’s marine ecosystems — our Last Frontier. If you are sincere and serious about marine conservation, the money allocated for the underwater theme park should be invested in marine protected areas, sustainable livelihoods for local communities, and environmental education programs.”
“For a channel that targets children, Nickelodeon is setting a terrible example to the younger generation by taking away their right to enjoy our natural resources. We don’t need an underwater theme park — our underwater life is fascinating, entertaining, and educational on its own.”
The hashtag #CoronIsNotBikiniBottom has become a top trending topic on Twitter upon the release of Viacom’s announcement.
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