Open-Pit Mining Threatens Costa Rica Land: An Activist Spotlight
Last month, members of the Northern Front Against Open-Pit Mining and Not A Single Mine Coordinator, including one Care2 petition author, started an indefinite fast to force the Costa Rican President to overturn the executive decree that establishes open-pit gold mining as an activity of national interest in Costa Rica — allowing the destruction to continue, despite it’s harmful effects.
Petition author, Ricardo, and other activists protesting open-pit gold mining in Costa Rica are concerned about the effects this will have on the local environment and wildlife — and are currently protesting.
“The Costa Rican Government, which has a vested interest in clearing the way for Canadian Infinito Gold to resume the razing of 300 hectares of primary rainforest, is doing everything they can to crush the bridgehead of peaceful resistance we’ve managed to establish in front of the Presidential House.
At first, they welcomed our arrival with a fully-armored police force of approximately 250 officers, yet, since our fast was a form of peaceful protest, they lacked the legal instruments to force us out of public grounds. Hence, during the past couple of days, their repression methods shifted from the use of coercive measures to rendering our plight virtually invisible in national mainstream media.”
Ricardo is relying on the help of others to make this petition a success.
“I believe Care2′s featuring of our cause would increase global awareness of the situation a great deal and help us to turn the current domestic environmental problem into an issue of international debate. Eventually, I hope, other organizations and governments will mount the needed pressure for President Chinchilla to overturn the executive decree of national interest favoring open-pit gold mining, thus putting an end to this 17-year-long struggle.”
It seems the issue is receiving some local press, but that won’t be enough to stop this mining for good.
If you want to help raise awareness and take a stand against the destruction open-pit gold mining causes, sign this petition today!