by Claire Morgenstern
The people of Bristol Bay, Alaska, are against the Pebble Mine. Robert Redford is standing with them against the Pebble Mine. And once you watch his powerful new video on the subject, you’ll stand with them too.
Despite overwhelming local opposition, London-based mining giants Anglo American and Rio Tinto are moving forward on the Pebble Mine project, a gargantuan, open-pit gold and copper mine above Bristol Bay.
This vast open pit would be gouged out of the headwaters of one of the greatest wild salmon runs in the world. It would threaten the very last 284 beluga whales of Cook Inlet. And it would forever alter the abundant wilderness above Bristol Bay that has supported Native peoples for thousands of years.
But what really astounds is the sheer size of this project. We’re talking about a cavernous hole that would be two miles wide and 2,000 feet deep. Its operations would produce an estimated 10 billion tons of contaminated waste—that’s 3,000 pounds for every man, woman and child on Earth. Oh, and the plan is to store that mountain of waste behind colossal earthen dams—forever. And did I mention that the whole thing will sit in an active earthquake zone?
Anglo American and Rio Tinto say that they’re committed to respecting the communities where they do business. Yet polls show that more than 80 percent of Bristol Bay residents, including its Native peoples and commercial fishermen, are against it — and these companies just keep bulldozing ahead with their plans.
Later this month, both of these companies will hold their annual shareholder meetings in London. We’re launching an Earth Day blitz that will expose Anglo American and Rio Tinto’s broken corporate promises, alert their countrymen and shareholders to their dangerous plans and reach our goal of generating ONE MILLION messages of protest. Together, we must tell Anglo American and Rio Tinto that No Means No!
Join together with NRDC, Robert Redford and the people of Bristol Bay in sending Anglo American and Rio Tinto a message: “It’s Time to Take NO for an answer.” Sign the petition right now.
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