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In April 2020, Waterkeepers Bahamas and Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF) launched a coalition of stakeholders under the name Our Islands Our Future, to educate and activate the Bahamian citizenry about the destructive impacts of offshore oil exploration and drilling on the ecology and economy of The Bahamas. This coalition is supported by partners Waterkeeper Alliance and Oceana to bring communications capacity, strategy and to open a U.S. and international pressure element to the campaign.
Since the launch, the coalition partners have begun to pressure the government through expert testimony, public awareness activities, administrative and legislative lobbying, and grassroots advocacy. The groups have launched a website, an online petition, social media platforms, written the Prime Minister directly and received excellent press coverage of the issue.
Over the next year, the Our Islands Our Future coalition will prioritize growing its members with the inclusion of small businesses and stakeholder groups who will be able to support the campaign's mission and help influence the government’s decision by showing the Bahamian People do not support offshore drilling in The Bahamas. These stakeholder groups are an important strategy of this campaign and will include both local and international groups such as Bahamian civil society groups; religious leaders; sustainable tourism groups; fisherman cooperatives and guide services; diving and underwater photographers; international science and advocacy groups; and high profile international advocacy