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Damage to nature and community due to mining

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1. Damage to nature and community due to mining; Is that all? Posted on August 30, 2012 by SOS - Yamang Bayan Network In the first year of the anniversary of SOS-Yamang Bayan Network, and during Rio + 20 with the theme “Green Economy: Does it include you?”, We were one of the celebrations of World Environment Day 2012. In accordance with this celebration, a national call is being proclaimed to show the real suffering experienced by communities affected by large-scale mining and its overall impact on our country under current law in mining industry, of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. Today, organizations with the SOS-Yamang Bayan Network called on the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), as an agency appointed by the government to safeguard our safety and natural resources found here, that it will stop supporting the promotion of large-scale mining in the country which is causing damage to our environment and livelihood. This is our question to the DENR: DESTRUCTION OF NATURE AND MANY COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTRY BECAUSE OF MINING, IS THAT ALL? While it is important that the DENR and the government be held accountable for the destruction of our environment. The real step towards a change in mining in the country is the repeal of the Philippie Mining Act of 1995 and Executive Order 270-A which has driven destruction to our environment. The DENR must see, accept and not deny the negative effects of large-scale mining in the country - it should only support the enactment of the PHILIPPINE MINERAL RESOURCES ACT OF 2012. The SOS-Yamang Bayan Network stands with many communities suffering from widespread mining in a country where everything should not be like that. DESTRUCTION OF NATURE. Mining can never restore the country's destroyed natural resources - forests, rivers, rice fields and more. According to the 4th Philippine National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2009, twenty-three (23) large mines in the country are located in the remaining key biodiversity areas (important areas for biodiversity) such as Palawan, Mindoro , Sierra Madrea and many lands of Mindanao. Contrary to claims that there is a life in mining, the Haribon Foundation, Inc. believes. that the destruction of nature is the destruction of life because nature provides our needs such as food, water and medicine. In this World Environment

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