martes, 18 de febrero de 2020

Gold diggers


A mining company led by the Prince of Abu Dhabi is pushing to extract gold from a pristine ecosystem in the heart of Colombia. Locals are protesting to save their drinking water from this toxic operation -- and asking for global solidarity to stop the project. Join the call to protect water over gold and share widely! 

Dear friends,

People across Colombia are joining forces to defeat a mining company that wants to extract gold in the most important water source of the country… and they need our support to win!

Behind the whole project is the Prince of Abu Dhabi, who chairs the company, and is hoping to fill his country’s banks with Colombian gold out of a precious ecosystem called Paramo Santurban. The company has already been called out for their dirty tactics to discredit the citizens opposing this project for over 9 years, and in a few days, Colombia's government will have to decide between protecting water or gold.  

Let's join the call to protect life over mining by generating a wave of solidarity from across the globe. If we reach 1 million signatures, we will cause a deafening splash in Abu Dhabi calling on His Highness to drop the project:


Since 2011, mining has been prohibited in these Paramos mountains. They're hilltop forests where natural freshwater is born, creating rivers that provide drinking water to thousands of communities. Colombia holds 50% of the Paramos of the world, an emblematic ecosystem people are proud to protect.
But companies and politicians keep pulling strings to exploit these precious ecosystems. Last year, a leaked video showed the firm’s CEO talking about a plan to get the environmental permit approved. He said that the only perceptions that matter are those of regulators in Bogotá, 'not local communities’, and that it doesn’t matter if thousands oppose his company’s project as long as Bogotá is fine.

Let's support the national march happening next month in Bogotá -- and show the Prince of Abu Dhabi that this scandalous project that will kill the drinking water of thousands has major global opposition. Sign the petition now and we will make sure our call is heard across borders.

Together, we have helped stop oil drilling in the Ecuador Amazon, we've fought the expansion of Monsanto in Argentina, and protected beautiful wildlife areas in Kenya. Let's join forces one more time to protect the drinking water of thousands and send a clear message that life is worth much more than gold.

With hope,

Laura, Andrew, Sarah, Christoph, Diego and the whole Avaaz team

More Information:

Thousands rally in Colombia against Minesa’s gold project (

UAE’s $1 billion mining project in Colombia suspected of corruption and opposed by masses (Colombia Reports)

Hard decision staggers mining megaproject near Santurbán (El Tiempo) — in Spanish

Controversial video reveals Minesa's strategy to avoid rejection of its mining in Santurbán (El Espectador) — in Spanish 

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