Target: Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia
Goal: Save marine life from mining operations on small island.
A small, pristine island, home to a variety of marine and terrestrial wildlife, is in danger of environmental degradation by tin mining practices. Licenses to mine the island were issued and approved by corrupt government officials that completely disregarded the federal law that prohibits mining on small islands. This gorgeous island, its people, and its wildlife will suffer from invasive mining practices if we don’t speak up now.
Known as Bangka Island, this small diving mecca sits just off the coast of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia. Bangka Island borders a marine park, Bunaken National Park, and is in the center of the Coral Triangle, an area of ocean that contains an impressive coral formation. Bangka is a tiny island paradise totaling 48 square kilometers. According to an Indonesian law enacted in 2007, islands smaller than 2,000 square kilometers are protected from mining. However, the Chinese company PT Mikgro Metal Perdana (MPP) was granted a license to mine tin on the island from crooked Indonesian officials.
Although full mining operations have yet to start, MPP has already caused environmental damage to the island. Coastal excavation has caused an increase in sediment on the sensitive coral habitat. Construction of roads and concrete jetties have disturbed wildlife and destroyed natural habitats. MPP must be stopped. If MPP takes over this island, sensitive ecosystems will be destroyed forever. Residents’ livelihoods will be at stake; they will suffer from a lack of fish and by MPP’s desire to take over private land for invasive operations.
The reefs of Bangka Island support local and rare wildlife such as the pygmy seahorse, leaf fish, and the dugong marine mammal. By signing this petition, you are urging the President of Indonesia to revoke the mining permits granted to MPP and prevent further mining operations from damaging this treasured island.
Dear President Widodo,
Bangka Island is a coveted and pristine diving spot that showcases one of the world’s most beautiful coral reef communities. Hundreds of marine wildlife species rely on the reef habitat, including rare species such as the pygmy seahorse, leaf fish, and the dugong marine mammal.
Bangka’s biodiversity and environmental integrity is in danger from tin mining. Mining licenses were granted to MPP with no regard to the 2007 law that banned mining on small islands less than 2,000 square kilometers. Mining operations on the island will destroy terrestrial land by the construction of roads, stations, and inland mines. Marine life will suffer from invasive mining practices in the sea, completely demolishing coral reef formations. I am begging you to please revoke MPP’s permit to mine Bangka Island. You will be saving Indonesian wildlife and the livelihood of local residents who rely on Bangka’s fish to survive.
[Your Name Here]
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