Stop the Costa Rican gold mine
update: This cyberaction is now closed
The Costa Rican government has declared the proposed opening of a gold mine near the San Juan border with Nicaragua as in the public interest.
This public declaration will prepare the way for open pit gold mining in an area of rich biodiversity. A forest of 190 hectares containing important tree species will have to be cut down for the mining to go ahead. In addition there will a huge social costs to the surrounding communities.
A large part of the population are against the mine and communities and environmental groups have been putting pressure on the government to stop it going ahead. Their protests and rallies have received extensive media coverage.
In response the mining company have been paying for advertisements in the media and playing down the effects the mine will have on the region and its communities.
On 14 November the Environmentalists Movement of Costa Rica held their latest demonstration near the proposed site opposing the project. Please support them by sending a version of the email below to the President of Costa Rica and several high ranking ministers voicing your opposition to this potentially devastating mining project.
***Due to the overwhelming response from FoEI supporters it appears that the ministers we have been targeting have temporarily suspended their email addresses. Whilst this is very frustrating for us and our supporters it does mean that our emails are nuisance enough to warrant such action.
We will now try to find alternative email addresses and suspend the action in the meantime. If you have received a message saying your email was undelivered please could you forward your original email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will insure it eventually reaches the ministers concerned.***
Thank you for your support.