Stop Destructive Mining on Ecologically Rich Island

Bangka Island, coral reef

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]

Photo Credit: Fabio Achilli via Flickr

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  1. Kathryn Panaro says:

    How about standing up for BOTH???!!!
    Why deny helping living beings????????
    HELP INNOCENT BABIES for the sake of their Preciousness
    And help innocent animals and their environment for the sake of their lives and helplessness, too.
    DO BOTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    STOP saying that we should deny helping one for the other.
    Just DO WHAT’S RIGHT and help and protect All.

    • Exactly. It is also wrong for people like Rosemarie Nowacyk Heister to choose to be so narrowly focused and also deliberately disruptive to ALL other postive causes taking place, and without even including anything positive about the issue at hand. And we say Hitler was bad? What’s the difference, Rosemarie, between you and Hitler, when Hitler, TOO, was narrowly focused on only ONE main goal, failing to see or care about all the interconnections therein? Why don’t YOU go work on expanding your heart’s capacity to care about more than ONE cause at a time, for the betterment of the Whole? Or is the “whole” just too big a picture for you to comprehend?

  2. caryl sawyer says:

    Signed, but if the kickback to officials is great enough, the tin mining operation will proceed.

  3. We must end our current philosophy of short term profit for a few and long term pain and annhilation of many. This is not just unsustainable but will be humanity’s destruction.

  4. EVERY coral reef destroyed affects the ENTIRE PLANET, whether we each live near one or not. In larger and just as important context, the Chinese govt is positioning itself to take over the whole world. They’ve already ‘invaded’ most of N. America with its cheaply-made goods, and the Cdn. Prime Minister has already signed over Canada’s entire “resource” sector to Chinese control under a secretive trade deal where the Chinese can sue Cdns if their companies don’t make “enough” profit to suit them, and these deals also trump all the already watered-down environmental laws we USED to have (until the PM trashed them all this year). EVERYWHERE the Chinese go ends up destroyed, so this is no minor matter. These shortsighted, naive, Indonesian officials need to wake up FAST, and smell the coffee before it’s too late. NO country can “win” or “progress” or improve its economy by selling out to the Chinese!

  5. “The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future – deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities and the spread of disease.” — The World Watch Institute

  6. President Widodo,

    Unfortunately, the people will not know what’s happening or even celebrate the “new jobs”, if any, brought by the mining company. They will celebrate for a couple of generations until their way of life and community values are changed beyond recognition and their beautiful island is left an ecological disaster.

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