Help Save the Beluga Whale from Extinction at Hands of Mining Giant

Target: Tom Albanese, Chief Executive Rio Tinto

Goal: To stop the construction of Rio Tinto’s gold and copper mine in the Beluga’s home in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

The mining giant Rio Tinto plans to build a gold and copper mine in Alaska’s Bristol bay which is also home to the endangered Beluga whale. There are only 284 of these whales left, and if their habitat is not respected they will become extinct. Alaskan natives are highly opposed to this plan as it would endanger not only the Belugas, but the surrounding wildlife and natural resources. The construction of this mine would threaten two of the five remaining Beluga populations.

The Beluga has inherited the nick name Sea Canary for its melodious music, it is a mystical creature that is all white and looks as if it is constantly smiling. Bristol bay is an important habitat for the Beluga because it is here that they catch salmon. If this plan comes to be the mine will be two miles wide with pipelines, roads and dams to support it, all for this companies profit. Clearly the cost is too great, this could wipe out the Beluga population and damage this pristine area of Alaska. Bristol Bay is also in an earthquake zone which means the mine could unleash mining waste replete with cyanide, sulfuric acid, arsenic and dozens of other toxic chemicals.

This plan simply cannot become a reality, the Beluga whale and the surrounding wildlife cannot afford such massive habitat loss in their already delicate environment. Beluga whales are endangered and should be protected. The natives of Alaska should also be respected, they care for their natural world as we all should. The Beluga’s song must continue to be heard amidst the icy glaciers of Alaska’s Bristol Bay.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Tom Albanese, Chief Executive Rio Tinto,

The endangered Beluga whale lives in Bristol Bay where the proposed pebble mine is planned to be constructed. This destruction of their habitat could lead to their extinction as this area is their feeding ground. The surrounding wildlife is also at stake and as you must know the natives of Alaska are highly opposed to this plan.

Please do not build this mine in the pristine shores of Alaska, the costs undeniably outweigh the benefits of this plan. It is simply not worth it to disturb so much life, and such an untouched paradise.

Sincerely,

[Your name here]

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