Water or Gold? – YouTube

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Published on Jun 27, 2014

For the indigenous people who live near Ecuador’s Kimsakocha wetlands, water here is a lifeline. It’s vital for domestic use, as well as for agriculture and livestock production. But there is gold under the water and the government of Ecuador has opened the area to foreign mining despite fierce local opposition. “Resistance will not end, we will not give up even if we are in prison,” says local community leader Carlos Perez. Kimsakocha contains over 3.3 million ounces of high grade gold valued at approximately US$30 million. Indigenous groups claim mining will affect groundwater and threaten their agricultural productivity. Correspondent Constantino de Miguel travels to Kimsakocha for this original Earth Focus report.

Global Climate Change
Environment Ethics
Environment Justice

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