Target: Olivier Mahafaly Solonandrasana, Prime Minister of Madagascar
Goal: Protect the rainforests in Madagascar from an influx of gem hunters that are destroying a protected environmental area.
A massive “sapphire rush” has brought thousands of people to the rainforests of Madagascar with the hopes of finding the gem. This process is resulting in the serious destruction of many parts of the rainforests and is putting the species living there at risk.
The gem hunters have already destroyed what is supposed to be a protected area of the rainforest. Miners are cutting down thousands of acres of trees and plants – including many that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. It is also threatening 14 endangered species of lemur. The rainforests are located around the village of Bemainty.
Conservation International has called for military intervention because local officials have been unsuccessful in controlling the situation on their own. Conversation International also tried to send in police forces to maintain security, but those efforts failed. And at one point the number of miners in the area was growing by more than a thousand people a day. The government agreed to send in the army during a previous and much smaller rush in 2012, but they have yet to do so for this one.
Sign this petition to demand that the government in Madagascar do whatever is necessary to get this situation under control and protect the rainforests and animals living in them.
Dear Prime Minister Olivier Mahafaly Solonandrasana,
The sapphire rush currently happening in your country is getting out of control and is already destroying large portions of your rainforests. They are tearing down trees and killing plants that can not be found anywhere else on earth. In addition, they are putting the lives of endangered lemurs at serious risk.
In 2012, when a smaller rush happened the government sent in military forces to get the situation under control. It is clearly necessary that the same measures be taken to get this situation under control before it is too late. Gem hunters are destroying thousands of acres of land and urgent action needs to be taken to save these rainforests and those species that call it home.
We highly encourage you to take immediate action and send in military forces or do whatever is necessary to stop this before it is too late.
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Photo Credit: Rosey Perkins