« They cleared landing paths all over the place for their airplanes and helicopters, which constantly crisscrossed the sky. They marched past the forest people’s houses in dense columns, as numerous as koyo ants. The women became scared to come out, even to draw water! The forest emptied of any game, and the men stopped hunting. All remained sprawled in their hammocks, felled by relentless fevers. … The elders who used to speak with wisdom had been killed because they had bravely stood in the way of the gold prospectors or had died of malaria or pneumonia. … All the trails in the forest had become peccary wallows, and the rivers were reduced to muddy ponds. »
– 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, gold jewelry, gold watch or gold accessory… That devastation is what you’ll receive for Valentine’s Day if your gift is made of gold!
Please help the Yanomami and other indigenous people devastated by the ravages of gold mining!
PLEASE DO NOT BUY GOLD FOR GIFTS! PLEASE DON’T BUY OR WEAR GOLD!
Here is the Yanomami shaman’s message: