Mining is linked to water pollution, deforestation and environmental degradation, as well as conflict and violence due to land grabbing, the fracturing of the social fabric of communities, and human right violations in Honduras. According to survey results, community residents experience high levels of water and food insecurity and limited access to education and health services.
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The following is a network case from the Jesuits in Latin America and the Caribbean for the Amazon through the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM). It is a letter from the Colombian Provincial Carlos E. Correa, S.J and it is entitled “Setting our sights on the Amazon.”
There is a growing movement and advocacy for the introduction of ecocide law at both a domestic and international level. The common definition of ecocide is the destruction of large areas of the natural environment as a consequence of human activity. Some obvious examples of ecocide are the Niger Delta, Alberta Tar Sands and the pollution caused by Chevron/Texaco in Amazonian jungle in Ecuador.
Environmental contamination, especially pollution of water sources, is causing significant concern in areas where Jesuits are based, according to a global survey conducted by the Justice in Mining Network. The survey also showed there is strong interest in mining justice issues, but indicated that many Jesuits and lay colleagues feel they have insufficient knowledge and expertise to take action.
Canadian mining companies with operations abroad need to be more heavily regulated at home, says a recent letter from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (C.C.C.B.) addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We, as Canadians, are among the privileged,” the letter says.