The rainforest in French Guiana is endangered by gold mining
Τhe industry ministry in Paris recently issued a gold mining permit for an area in the middle of Guiana Amazonian Park in French Guiana. Yet the residents of the affected rainforest village Saül are voicing their protest together with environmentalists and researchers.
The greed for gold is already threatening the pristine environment of the French overseas region in South America: Thousands of prospectors are digging up the French Guianese jungle and river sediments in search of the precious metal, polluting the region and destroying its ecosystems.
To counter this, the authorities put a mining land use plan in place in January 2012 that expressly prohibits mining in areas like Guiana Amazonian Park.
By issuing a gold mining permit in the middle of the prohibited zone of the national park, the industry ministry in faraway Europe is not only violating French law, but also torpedoing years of efforts to stem gold mining in the rainforest.
Please support the local residents and voice your concerns to the responsible policymakers. Nature must be protected and the mining permit annulled immediately.
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