Target: Francois Hollande, President of the French Republic
Goal: Prohibit large-scale gold mining operation in French Guiana.
The small community of Saul in French Guiana is disappointed about recent news stating that a large-scale gold mining project has been approved near their town—in French Guiana’s only national park. Scientists and residents fear the mining will lead to deforestation, water pollution, and loss in biodiversity. This could potentially be significantly damaging to the community, since it is dependent on the forest and ecotourism. Act now and demand the gold mining in French Guiana be stopped. Ask the President of the French Republic, Francois Hollande, to change his decision approving the mining, and protect French Guiana’s only national park.
The gold mining company, Rexma, received a permit to mine in the zone of the park where industrial activities are not restricted. The permit was approved by the French government’s minister of Production Recovery last year, and pushed forward by past administration. The current government under Francois Hollande has let the approval stand. From the start both the national park and local population have rejected the proposed mining in the area. Residents of the community of Saul fear that their businesses will suffer due to a decline in ecotourism, which would put the local economy at risk. Researchers also believe the gold mining could create a rise in malaria in the area; stagnant reservoirs left by the mining create the perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed. Mining will occur beside the Limonade River, the only source of fresh fish in the region. Researchers fear pollution from the mining will contaminate the fish which would devastate the community.
Now is the time for action. Sign this petition and urge Francois Hollande to repeal the approval for gold mining in French Guiana. Protect the residents of the community and the precious national park.
Dear Francois Hollande,
Please reconsider the decision to allow gold mining inside French Guiana’s only national park. Scientists and residents of nearby communities fear the mining will lead to deforestation, water pollution, and loss in biodiversity. This could be significantly damaging to the community, due to its dependence on the forest and ecotourism. A decrease in ecotourism could critically damage the local economy. The mining could also lead to a severe increase in malaria throughout the region. Mining will occur beside the Limonade River, the only source of fresh fish in the region. Researchers fear pollution from the mining will contaminate the fish, devastating the community. It is time to act now before it is too late.
Protect the residents of the community and the precious environment. Prohibit the large-scale gold mining from operating in French Guiana’s only national park.
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