Sunday & a Mountain of Gold

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  • the project will be built between 2019 and 2022 to extract gold during 12 years,
  • it will manage to extract 7 tonnes of gold per year, i.e. around 85 tonnes in total
  • Amazon forest will be removed at an equivalent of 2161 football fields
  • 2000 species will be endangered, including 127 protected species, and human beings
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  • Do we need gold? With gold used in diverse areas: jewellery (more than 50% of the demand); investment, i.e. gold bar, gold coins, gold ETFs (around 20% of the demand); industry, i.e. electronic, dentistry and other industrial uses (around 10%) and central bank purchases (around 12%), gold is a widely used metal worldwide.
  • Do we need gold extraction? A striking figure I learned through the Earthbeat Foundation is that 90% of gold already extracted on earth is not used. Circulation of this resource is almost inexistent. Therefore, what do we need? To remove natural resources, to pollute irreversibly our world and to endanger species? Or do we need to redesign the system, to make gold circulation a tanglible reality? Gold recycling is in its early days and the potential is huge.
  • Shall Columbus Gold and Nordgold be eating the cake while we look, horrified, at the crumbs left after? Why would we allow these two companies to take so much from our beautiful planet and destroy it for ever? Why tolerating such a violation for profit only? They claim they will rebuild the ecosystem after the 12 years. Even a 4 year old child knows that you can’t rebuilt something for ever destroyed.
  • I can get informed on the project on WWF, Stop La Montagne d’Or.
  • I can sign their petition, if I think something is wrong with that project.
  • I can watch the trailer, and share it
  • I can ask questions to the developers of the project, or tell them I don’t agree.
  • I can read the IPCC report of the United Nations and get informed, more than ever, on cherishing our beautiful planet.
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Solène Wolff

Solène Wolff


The story of the storyteller. All about a different world, you know, a better one. French, Co-Founder of @Highvisioned & Managing Partner at @Plane_Site