Target: Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
Goal: Prevent mining company from destroying habitats and communities in Amazon rain forest
A Canadian mining company plans to create Brazil’s largest open-pit mining project to extract gold from the region’s rain forests. Brazilian prosecutors are trying to block the permit for this mining project because of the massive environmental damage it will cause and the indigenous communities it will displace. If approved, this project will have devastating effects on the environment that involve massive waste dumps and high volumes of dangerous chemicals. The mining company has admitted that the project will increase the levels of dangerous pollutants like arsenic, cyanide, and lead.
One of the prosecutors’ main concerns is for the Arara and Juruna indigenous groups, which are already facing threats from a nearby hydroelectric project that is moving forward. This hydroelectric dam is the third largest in the world, and this delicate region cannot withstand yet another destructive project. The gold mine project would cause even further damage to the already-exhausted region’s rivers, forests, and communities. Commissioning of both projects is supposed to begin in 2016.
Despite worldwide concern about the Amazon’s resources, profit-driven mining companies and still trying to earn deplete the region at the sake of the people who live there and environmental common sense. Sign the below petition to prevent this environmentally and culturally destructive gold mine from further destroying the Xingu River and the Amazon rain forest.
Dear President Rousseff,
I am urging you to support prosecutors in your country that aim to block gold mining permits in the Amazon rain forest. The environmentally sensitive regions of the Xingu River and the Amazon cannot withstand both a massive hydroelectric dam and a massive gold mining project. Although these two projects have caused a great deal of controversy, profit-driven mining companies are ignoring the needs of the fragile environment and the people who call it home.
Please also work with local indigenous group leaders for the Arara and Juruna people to preserve their cultures and their way of life. Since the Xingu River is a major tributary of the Amazon river, their livelihoods will be threatened with chemical runoff and mining-related air pollution. More environmental impact studies must be conducted to ensure the safety of the region’s inhabitants, plants, and wildlife. Thank you for doing your part to preserve one of the world’s most beautiful and important places for future generations.
[Your Name Here]
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