Target: Bradley Mulroney, President & CEO of Lafarge Malaysia
Goal: Do not threaten survival of rare species and religious sites by quarrying cave system
Lafarge, an international cement company, is considering quarrying Kanthan Cave in Malaysia. The Kanthan Cave trapdoor spider, recently designated as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, can only be found in this cave. The local government has currently postponed the project until an Environmental Impact Assessment has been completed; none of the demolition has taken place. With that being said, Lafarge already owns the lease for the territory.
The proposal also threatens a Buddhist monastery near the cave. If the project is approved, the monastery, as well as nearby Taoist and Hindu temples, will be demolished. Furthermore, numerous signs around the area, placed by Lafarge, have discouraged visitors of the temple. Although a representative from the temple committee stated that Lafarge had promised to come up with a “proposal” for the future of the monastery, “no further details were available about what that proposal might contain.”
The cave itself has its own unique ecosystem, which contains many rare organisms. Liz Price, an expert on caves of Malaysia, states that “most people are not concerned about cave-dwelling animals,” primarily because they are not very appealing. For example, the cave contains many spiders, snails, snakes, and millipedes. Yet, if we do not attempt to protect these endemic species, they may become extinct.
In a 2012 Sustainability Report, Lafarge states that it is working to “protect and promote biodiversity at its sites” among other promises for sustainability and corporate responsibility. Now, the company needs to follow through with its commitments. By signing this petition, you are demanding that Lafarge cancel its plans to quarry Kanthan Cave.
Dear Mr. Mulroney,
Your company is considering quarrying Kanthan Cave in Malaysia. The Kanthan Cave trapdoor spider, recently designated as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, can only be found in this cave. Furthermore, the proposal also threatens multiple religious temples near the cave. These religious practitioners will have nowhere to go if their temples are destroyed.
A report on limestone resources management suggests that sites chosen for cement quarries should be in areas that are already disturbed or degraded. Caves should be avoided because of the endemic species that likely live there. It is apparent that demolition should not occur at Kanthan Cave.
In a 2012 Sustainability Report, your company stated that it is working to protect and promote biodiversity at its sites among other promises for sustainability and corporate responsibility. Now, you need to follow through with these commitments. I am demanding that Lafarge cancel its plans to quarry Kanthan Cave.
[Your Name Here]
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