According to UNESCO: “UNESCO has partnered with LVMH, the luxury goods group, to fight against the direct and indirect drivers of deforestation in the Amazonian region.
Based on participatory approaches that combine scientific, local and indigenous knowledge, the programme will be monitored by teams in eight biosphere reserves – in Bolivia (Pilón-Lajas, and Beni); Brazil (Central Amazon); Ecuador (Yasuní, Sumaco, and Podocarpus-El Condor); and Peru (Manu, and Oxapampa-Ashaninka-Yanesha).
The aim of the initiative is to promote the rehabilitation of degraded lands, while ensuring sustainable employment for local populations. In the Beni biosphere reserve, for example, the programme plans to build a greenhouse, and provide families in four communities with high-quality seeds of native timber species (mahogany) and local forest species (banana, coffee, cocoa, and citrus). These will be used to create plots under agroforestry systems, in fallow land traditionally used for agriculture.”
Tiffany and others in the gold industry, luxury and discount, represent the commodity fetishism of jewelry – items that are functionally useless to human society.
From a biosphere and Indigenous peoples’ perspective, all gold is “dirty gold”. Gold mining begins with deforestation. Legal gold mining uses toxic cyanure and illegal gold mining uses toxic mercury, but both methods contaminate the water, soil, wildlife and people who live in the region.
Organized crime controls the illegal gold distribution market and illegally mined gold commands an important share of the world’s gold market. In the case of Latin America, experts estimate that one third to one half of the region’s exported gold is mined illegally.
Narco-traffickers are contributing to the violence in the Amazon region. Their operations used to rely on drug trafficking. Now, they also depend on illegal gold. One of the reasons illegal gold is so valuable to criminal groups is that, unlike cocaine, there’s a legal version that looks exactly like it.
If they are devastating the Amazon in search of gold there is a buyer’s market. Who buys this gold? The big brands and brands in the fashion world?”
Who then buys this gold as trinkets?
Please make sure it’s not you!
Please BOYCOTT GOLD!
Please boycott ALL products from deforestation; gold, palm oil, gemstones, exotic wood, soy, beef, leather, etc. !!!
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