Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us


Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.


Submit news and opinion for publication


Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.


Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin

News from the Caribbean:

Back To Today's News

Open Letter 2: Caribbean Challenge Initiative - Sir Richard Branson
Published on September 16, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Caribbean island nations' prime ministers and all concerned parties:

Our actions have superseded your requests to the prime ministers of the Caribbean island nations. More importantly, the two of us also represent two thirds of all the people on earth who can actually succeed at accomplishing successful Caribbean coral reef restoration.

That’s because three people in the world – namely, you, me, and Dr Thomas Goreau – have the combined capability to promote, fund, and deploy the necessary coral reef restoration technology.

I found the best people to design and construct the Planet Ocean Underwater Hotel. Then I searched the world over for the most advanced technology for coral reef restoration and found Dr Thomas Goreau, co-founder of Biorock®. Dr Goreau and I became partners through mutual, demonstrable action and recognition that we need each other to save our coral reefs.

The Caribbean Challenge Initiative is laudable and important. But you know as well as I do that very little assertive effort fuels the CCI on a daily basis. If it were a business venture we might say that it is not proactively managed enough to remain competitive. But this isn’t commerce. The competition here is against forces of nature that are fiercely active 24/7 to destroy our oceanic assets. We cannot fight back to save worldwide coral reefs, including those in the Caribbean, without aggressively playing a “full court press.”

USAKW can immediately start publishing daily action updates and sharing metrics and benchmarks for the CCI, to go from zero CCI action and progress to robustly measurable coral reef restoration. All it takes is for you to step up in support of the USAKW initiative. Then the Caribbean coral reef restoration expansion will accelerate within every CCI island nation.

You will also gain a new underwater luxury hotel to share with all Virgin supporters, and I expect that if you simply ask them they will tell you that they wholeheartedly support the project. Restoring the coral reefs as mandated by CCI is a challenge, but a worthy and doable one. Supporting the efforts of the USAKW is a vital component of that success. So I challenge you – in the friendly and cooperative spirit of healthy competition to benefit the oceans we love – to accept the offer of myself and Dr. Goreau and get on board.

Tony Webb
Dr Goreau

Sign here___________________________
Sir Richard Branson – Caribbean Challenge Initiative

Previous Caribbean Challenge Initiative Open Letter

Tony Webb
Managing Director
1200 4th Street Unit 160
Key West, FL USA 33040
Reads: 7496

Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.


As a result of our comments feature being overtaken in recent weeks by spammers using fake email addresses, producing a large number of bounced verification emails each day, we have reluctantly decided to suspend the comments section until further notice.

User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Other Headlines:

Regional Sports: