Don’t Let Illegal Gold Miners Poison the Amazon

Target: Gonzalo Francisco Alberto Tamayo Flores, Minister of Energy and Mines of Peru

Goal: Put an end to illegal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon.

The Peruvian government appears to be turning a blind eye to illegal gold mining operations that a recent study shows are devastating the Amazon Rainforest and its many rivers and tributaries. Photo evidence taken over four years has shown the extent to which the gold mining has poisoned previously pristine forest habitats that thousands of species call home, including endangered giant otters and macaws. Researchers fear that the mercury used in extracting the gold could build up in the environment to lethal levels, putting both animals and people at risk.

Despite laws intended to prevent miners from pushing deeper into protected areas of the Amazon, there has been little to nothing in the way of enforcement. Driven by the high price of gold, thousands of miners are now believed to be active in the Tambopata Reserve and along the Madre de Dios River, turning the local waterways into a toxic slurry of mud and mercury. If this activity continues, thousands of animal species and dozens of local indigenous tribes could vanish.

The government of Peru must do more to crack down on illegal miners. Sign this petition to demand that Peruvian officials enforce or strengthen the existing laws and put an end to this rampant environmental destruction before it is too late.


Dear Minister Flores,

The Peruvian Amazon is a priceless global treasure that is home to countless species of wildlife and many indigenous tribes. Both are now deeply imperiled thanks to the ongoing illegal gold mining activities in the region. Highly toxic liquid mercury is being used to extract gold from the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers at rates that may soon transform these waterways into lifeless deserts too contaminated for the animals and people who rely on them.

For the sake of wildlife and your people’s health, the Peruvian government cannot stand by while this tragedy unfolds. We, the undersigned, urge that you use all available resources to crack down on illegal mining activity and enforce or strengthen the existing laws.


[Your Name Here]

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  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop mining!

  3. Kathy Schoolfield says:

    I think I have already signed for 7.99/month

  4. D. Farrimond says:

    With So Much Greed From Humans .. “The Two Legged Locust”
    Only A Massive Reduction In Population Can Save Us In The Long Term

  5. Illegal mining may cause the extinction of so many species, remember the extinction of one is the extinction of the other and the other being US (humans).

    We beg of you to use all available resources to crack down on illegal mining activity and enforce or strengthen the existing laws.

  7. Gonzalo Francisco Alberto Tamayo Flores, Minister of Energy and Mines of Peru
    Do whatever is ncessary to erradicate the illegal mining in the Amazon, including the use of ‘military force’, if necessary.

  8. I was quite disgusted with the mean acts of many Peruvians and their government during the football match against NZ the other day, and was convinced that Peru is among the least civilized countries in the world. Actually, Peru is notorious for corruption and rampant drug dealing. For those countries which cannot be expected to self-cleanse themselves, the only way is to keep external/international pressure on them.

  9. Dear Sir – stand up, stand out – be remembered for fierceness and protecting the magnificent Amazon, not like another greedy cowards that kisses dirty hands!

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