Target: Minister of Nature, Environment, and Green Development S. Oyun
Goal: Provide food and habitat for Gobi bears
The Gobi bear lives in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. The desert is known for its sweltering days and frigid nights, making life here difficult. But thanks to livestock graving and mining operations, it has made this place even more inhospitable to Gobi bears. There are only two to three dozen of these bears living in the desert, and if their habitat isn’t restored, they will very likely disappear. Sign this petition and urge the Minister of Nature to provide food and habitat for these bears.
Surprisingly, not a single Gobi bear has been found living in captivity. Their habitat has been reduced and destroyed by mining operations. Mongolia is rich with pristine minerals, and it’s estimated that a third of the nation’s economy will come from massive copper and gold mines in the Gobi Desert. What could be the world’s largest coal mine is also under construction in the desert as well. The mining industry has come to refer to the country as “Minegolia.”
Fortunately in 2012, the Mongolian government declared that year the “Year of Protecting the Gobi bear.” The government promised to provide more money towards conserving the species and the general public has embraced the bears as a national treasure. A gold mining company also tried to seek access to the protected lands, but the government denied the request.
But it is likely that the government will give access to this gold mining company, and future companies as well. In doing so, the mining operations would ruin the habitat that these bears and other creatures depend on. The desert is already a harsh climate, and humans would be making it more so with these mining operations. Sign this petition and urge the government to continue to protect the Gobi Desert and continue to provide food so these bears can flourish.
Dear Minister S. Oyun,
As you may realize, the Gobi bear is a rare and threatened species in the Gobi Desert. It’s believed that only two to three dozen of these bears exist in the wild, and none are living in captivity. Small in comparison to the grizzly bear, the Gobi bear is a strong and hardy creature. Their claws show more wear because they traverse the rocky terrain of the desert. Their teeth are worn down because they chew on sand and rocks with their meals. Their habitat is already harsh and difficult, but humans are making it more difficult for their numbers to increase.
I am writing to implore you to continue to provide food for these bears. Their food source is dwindling because of human activities, and the humans should make up for this. I know your government has denied mining companies access to protected land, and I encourage you to do so for these bears. They have every right to live on these lands as you do. Ensure that they continue to survive on this planet for generations to come.
[Your Name Here]
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