Target: Armenian Minister of Nature Protection, Aramayis Grigoryan
Goal: Stop a gold mine from destroying a pristine natural landscape
A beautiful tourist town is currently endangered by plans to construct an invasive open-pit gold mine. Gold mining, especially open-pit mining, is extremely damaging to the environment and the health of local residents. Production for the mine starts this year. Urgent action is needed to prevent the destruction, degradation, and contamination associated with opencast mining.
Located 13 kilometers from the unique town of Jermuk, Armenia, this proposed gold mine threatens all that Jermuk has to offer. Known for its bottled mineral water, sanatoriums, and mountain views, Jermuk attracts thousands of tourists each year. Residents in Jermuk are concerned about the open-pit gold mine because of the invasive blasting technique used during construction that pollutes the air through dust particles. These heavy metal ore particles impact human health, inhibiting the function of he lungs and heart. Furthermore, the dust can also contaminate water sources and soil, and might affect the pristine mountain springs of Jermuk and Armenia’s second largest reservoir, Spandarian.
The gold mine is estimated to yield 80 tons of gold over 10 to 15 years. The most damaging aspect of gold mining is that a large fraction of ore must be mined to yield just a small amount of gold. Twenty tons of toxic waste are produced for a 0.33-ounce gold ring. Risking the health of surrounding communities and the environment is not worth the small reward of owning something made of gold. By signing this petition, you are urging Armenia’s Minister of Nature Protection to stop the construction of the gold mine near Jermuk, Armenia.
Dear Minister Grigoryan,
The residents and beautiful natural landscape of Jermuk, Armenia are being put in danger by an invasive mining practice. The gold mine looking to demolish Amulsar mountain threatens the integrity of Jermuk, the health of local residents, and the quality of the surrounding environment. Since this gold mine will be an open-pit mine, it requires invasive blasting of the surface that will pollute the air with toxic dust. This hazardous dust, filled with heavy metals, can contaminate nearby waterways and soil as well as create health problems related to the lungs and heart.
Gold mines must dig up a large amount of ore to produce a salable yield. Surprisingly, only 0.000001 percent of ore consists of gold. The health of the environment and surrounding communities is not worth any amount of gold. I am urging you to please stop this mine from damaging Amulsar mountain, water, air, and human health. Please deny the proposal for this destructive gold mine.
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