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Peace Day 2012
Transcript of Peace Day 2012
A message brought to you by Roots & Shoots' Youth Leadership Council
Inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall, a UN Messenger of Peace, the Youth Leadership Council of Roots and Shoots Canada would like to raise awareness about the negative effects of coltan, a mineral that is extracted to make most of our daily electronics such as mobile phones and laptops.
"To achieve global peace, we must not only stop fighting each other but also stop destroying the natural world." - Dr. Jane Goodall
- reduce, reuse and recycle your electronics whenever possible, instead of buying the latest models
- spread the word to 3 people on Facebook and/or Twitter
Over 4 million people have died in Congo in a war over coltan.
In Focus: Congo's Bloody Coltan
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where 80% of the world's coltan reserves are from, the mining of coltan is increasing as our (foreign) demands for the newest technologies increase.
Mining can cause dramatic changes in the environment due to erosion, water pollution, and the resultant deterioration of agriculture in the area. In addition, the local population increases due to the influx of mine workers which leads to even further habitat encroachment as the newcomers need food, water, and firewood. The burning of charcoal also releases a lot of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Deforestation also reduces the capacity of rainforest to absorb greenhouse gases released by nearby regions.
The clearing of land has greatly reduced the amount of available food and natural habitat for native wildlife and thus greatly restraining chimpanzees' livelihood. Additionally with greater numbers of miners penetrating deep into the forest, where food supplies are scarce, they begin to rely on wild chimps as bushmeat.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park is located in the DRC and has been decimated by land clearing which facilitates the mining process.
Coltan's Environmental Impact
Our closest relatives are in DANGER!
(tantalum ore - an essential component in many electronics for its heat-resistant property)
Young men and children stay down unstable mine shafts for up to a week at a time in crowded unsanitary conditions. Unregulated soldiers earn money by taxing the miners every time they pass through control points and then take the product across the border to be distributed around the world.
Profit from the mining industry is fuelling the various militia groups in the area, a hangover from the end of the civil war in 2003. War is good for business - not only in the DRC, but in the West too. The US, China and Western Europe are making large amounts of profit from equipping them with arms.
Peace Day 2012
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On September 21...
...in over 120 countries, youth will celebrate International Day of Peace, a day where we are all given the opportunity to recognize that everything is connected.
Coltan's Impact on Animals like Chimps
Here is what you can do!
taken from http://sceper.eu/2011/12/blood-in-the-mobile-xvid-ac3-mvgroup.html
photo taken from -http://fractalenlightenment.com/12066/issues/coltan-wars-for-our-hi-tech-lives
photo taken from - http://www.un-grasp.org/in-the-field/about-coltan
photos above and below are taken from -http://www.publicenemyafrica.com/blood-coltan/
photo taken from -http://waltdisneystudios.com/corp/news/942