« We went to the gold holes where the garimpeiros were working. … there were really very many of them here, far more than us! They had dug vast ditches bordered with huge gravel heaps all over the place to find the shiny dust they were relentlessly searching the streams for. All the watercourses were flooded with yellowish mud, soiled by motor oils, add covered in dead fish. Machines rumbled in a deafening roar on their cleared banks and their smoke stank up the entire surrounding forest. …
I told myself: ‘Hou! This is all very bad. These white people seem to want to devour the earth like giant armadillos and peccaries! If we let them become more numerous, they will destroy the entire forest … We must absolutely chase them away!’ » – Yanomami spokesman and shaman Davi Kopenawa
Thousands of rainforest trees must be uprooted, hundreds of tons of soil mined and mixed with dozens of tons of toxic environmental pollutants that contaminate indigenous land and water sources for that one special gold ring… Is that destruction what you’d like to receive for Valentine’s Day?
Please help the Yanomami and other indigenous people suffering from the ravages of gold mining!
PLEASE DO NOT BUY GOLD FOR GIFTS!
PLEASE DON’T BUY OR WEAR GOLD!