Dear friends who
care about our earth.
Judge for yourself if you want to take action.
In the Valle de San Felix, the purest water in
Chile runs from two rivers, fed by two glaciers. Water is
a most precious resource, and wars will be fought for it. Indigenous
farmers use the water, there is no unemployment, and they provide
the second largest source of income for the area. Under the
glaciers has been found a huge deposit of gold, silver and other
minerals. To get at these, it would be necessary to break,
to destroy the glaciers - something never conceived of in the history
of the world - and to make two huge holes, each as big as a whole
mountain, one for extraction and one for the mine's rubbish tip.
The project is called PASCUA LAMA. The company
is called Barrick Gold. The operation is planned by a multi-national
company, one of whose members is George Bush Senior.
The Chilean Government has approved the project
to start this year, 2006. The only reason it hasn't started yet
is because the farmers have got a temporary stay of execution.
If they destroy the glaciers, they will not just
destroy the source of especially pure water, but they will permanently
contaminate the two rivers so they will never again be fit for human
or animal consumption because of the use of cyanide and sulphuric
acid in the extraction process.
Every last gram of gold will go abroad to the multinational
company and not one will be left with the people whose land it is.
They will only be left with the poisoned water and the resulting
The farmers have been fighting a long time for
their land, but have been forbidden to make a TV appeal by a ban
from the Ministry of the Interior. Their only hope now of putting
brakes on this project is to get help from international justice.
The world must know what is happening in Chile.
The only place to start changing the world is from here.
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