End Illegal Gold Mining in the Peruvian Jungle

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Target: Elsa Patricia Galarza Contreras, Peru’s Minister of the Environment

Goal: End illegal gold mining, which has destroyed 450 hectares of land in Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve.

About 200 mammal species, 600 bird species, and 1,200 butterfly species are in danger due to illegal gold mining in Peru’s protected Tambopata National Reserve. It is estimated that between 2,000 and 5,000 miners work illegally in the protected jungle.

Thousands of tourists visit the reserve every single year to see the unique and endangered species that call it home, including the jaguar and the giant river otter. However, if the illegal gold mining continues, the tourists will have nothing to see. The economy of the area will deplete, as will its endangered species.

The illegal mining is not only depleting the available habitat for the animals—it is also leading to mercury poisoning in the area. Communities hundreds of miles away are experiencing the negative health effects of mercury, which is used to extract gold ore.

The government has launched several attempts at ending the illegal mining to no success. Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project, or MAAP, has established a control post, but much more can and should be done to end this illegal practice. Sign the petition to demand that illegal gold mining be brought to an end.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Señora Galarza Contreras,

Satellite images have found that hundreds of hectares of land in the protected Tambopata National Reserve have been destroyed by illegal gold mining. This is putting nearly 2,000 different butterfly, mammal, and bird species in danger. In addition, Peru’s citizens are also being harmed by the illegal activity and suffering from mercury poisoning.

Thousands of illegal miners work in the protected jungle. All efforts to stop this practice thus far have been halfhearted and unsuccessful. I ask that the government take more serious steps towards ending this practice that is not only damaging the environment, but also damaging the health of your nation’s citizens.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Steve Wilson

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16 Comments

  1. Dave Voisey says:

    If we make these representations we must be prepared to alleviate any financial loss to the country

    • Susan Fairweather says:

      It’s ILLEGAL mining by greedy individuals – there is no financial loss to the country, just destruction of its environment, eradication of its wildlife and damage to the health of its citizens.

    • There is no financial loss when the mining is ILLEGAL. The only financial loss is to the thieves that are polluting and poisoning the area for greed.

    • Kathie Gallardo says:

      What financial loss are you talking about? The big corporations who are doing the mining are making the profit. The poor people who labor in the mines are poisoned with mercury and make a pittance, if anything at all.
      The REAL loss is the indigenous animals and the forest. Those losses are BECAUSE the corporations are destroying both to grab the gold. Do your homework.

    • The only economic loss comes from the destruction of the environment and it is huge.

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop mining!

  3. end the mining that is bad for the environment now.

  4. Stop the mining and encourage/promote tourism to this beautiful country, people would soon come to see this fabulous place and it’s animals. I would in a heart beat.

  5. Once Again Money over integrity. Will greedy Humans be happy once we are the only creatures living on this planet

  6. Do your job Lady, I know most do this for economic reason, but be creative, get your government to compensate them with other means, such as tourism, etc, etc,

  7. Elsa Patricia Galarza Contreras, Peru’s Minister of the Environment: You and your decision makers have the power to end ILLEGAL gold mining in the Peruvian jungle.
    1. – YOU ARE AWARE THAT that you are encouraging the devastation of the jaguar and the giant river otter’s habitat by allowing it to happen.
    2. – YOU ARE AWARE THAT about 200 mammal species, 600 bird species, and 1,200 butterfly species are in danger due to ILLEGAL gold mining in Peru’s protected Tambopata National Reserve.
    3. – YOU ARE AWARE THAT the ILLEGAL mining is not only depleting the available habitat for the animals—it is also leading to mercury poisoning in the area and miles away. You and your decision makers have the power to stop this ILLEGAL god mining and the deforestation in the Peruvian jungle. PUT GREED ASIDE AND DO IT.

  8. I have not seen anything here about problems the American Indians are having. When I see that then I will worry about the mining in another country!

  9. Juliette Dauterive says:

    Illegal mining creates pollution and crime in every area it is practiced. the world continually hears about murders and environmental disasters attributed to illegal mining in the Amazon. Please do more to make it stop and stop the corruption that allows corporations to get away with it.

  10. DAMN GODDESS – the most precious is destroyed (mother earth)
    The worst shit (human) remains – WHY

  11. Governments don’t care. Those who care are murdered. So much for respectability.

  12. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😠

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