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Found, on Jeanette Winterson’s website November 21, 2006

Posted by Winter in please do something.
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Ok, people, read the below, I think it speaks for its self. Copy and paste into an email, add your name on to the bottom and mail it on to all your friends. I think This is something that should be publicised as the victims as it were, have bee censored by there own government and prevented from bringing attention to the cause.

Dear friends who care about our earth.

Judge for yourself if you want to take action.

In the Valle de San Felix, the purest water in Chile runs from 2 rivers, fed by 2 glaciers. Water is a most precious resource, and wars will be fought for it.
Indigenous farmers use the water, there is no unemployment, and they provide the second largest source of income for the area.

Under the glaciers has been found a huge deposit of gold, silver and other minerals. To get at these, it would be necessary to break, to destroy the glaciers – something never conceived of in the history of the world – and to make 2 huge holes, each as big as a whole mountain, one for extraction and one for the mine’s rubbish tip.

The project is called PASCUA LAMA. The company is called Barrick Gold.
The operation is planned by a multi-national company, one of whose members is George Bush Senior.

The Chilean Government has approved the project to start this year, 2006.
The only reason it hasn’t started yet is because the farmers have got a temporary stay of execution. If they destroy the glaciers, they will not just destroy the source of specially pure water, but they will permanently contaminate the 2 rivers so they will never again be fit for human or animal consumption because of the use of cyanide and sulphuric acid in the extraction process.

Every last gram of gold will go abroad to the multinational company and not one will be left with the people whose land it is. They will only be left with the poisoned water and the resulting illnesses.

The farmers have been fighting a long time for their land, but have been forbidden to make a TV appeal by a ban from the Ministry of the Interior.
Their only hope now of putting brakes on this project is to get help from international justice.

The world must know what is happening in Chile. The only place to start changing the world is from here.

We ask you to circulate this message amongst your friends in the following way. Please copy this text, paste it into a new email adding your signature and send it to everyone in your address book.

No to Pascua Lama Open-cast mine in the Andean Cordillera on the Chilean-Argentine frontier.

We ask the Chilean Government not to authorize the Pascua Lama project to protect the whole of 3 glaciers, the purity of the water of the San Felix Valley and El Transito, the quality of the agricultural land of the region of Atacama, the quality of life of the Diaguita people and of the whole population of the region.

Signature, City, Country
Katharine Proudfoot, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Laura Cole, London, UK
David Platt, London, UK
Diane Platt, Manchester, UK
Tanya Corker, Manchester, UK
Nicola Hargreaves, UK
Nicholas Jones, UK
Johann Don-Daniel, Germany
Ashley Berger, Germany
Sarah Downie, Leeds, UK
Paula Delahunty, Bingley, UK
John O’Driscoll, Bingley, UK
Jordan-Lee Delahunty, Bingley, UK
Claire Mulvey, Bradford, UK
Marie Malcolm Bradford, UK
Ann Clowes, Halifax UK
Jayne McGee, Brighouse UK
Jason Barratt Oldham UK
Lindsay Torrance, RochdaleUK
Maggie Ford, Rochdale
Barry Cook, Todmorden
Shelley BUrgoyne, Todmorden
Libby Ray, Shipley, England
Anne Meynell, Bradford, England
Jim Meynell, Bradford, England
Alec Knibbs, Kings Lynn, England
Suzanne Bailey, Valencia, Spain
Agnieszka Legierska, London, England
Rosanna Bennett-Moncrieff, BristolEngland
Kirsten Bennett-Moncrieff, Bristol, England
Stephen Haley, Silsoe, England
Rob Smith, Bristol, England
Basil Anderson, Bristol, England
Jonathan Coles, BristolEngland
Deborah Weinreb, BristolEngland
Rachel Pearcey
Stephanie Greenwood
Caryne Chapman Clark, LondonEngland
Maryam Hashemi, London, UK
Duane Melius, London, UK
Dylan Chambers, London, UK
Anna Chippendale, Brighton, UK
Ryan Steer, UK
Chris Hatton, Brighton, UK
Jo Vear Brighton UK
Melanie James, Brighton, UK
Alison Pavic, London, UK
Belinda Jones, UK
Vanessa Brady, UK
Steven R Clark, UK
Christopher Kelly, Brighton, UK
Patricia Silva, Mexico
Barbara Magana, Mexico
Bharine Kalsi, London UK
Elspeth Kent, London UK
Rachel Laurence, London UK
Adam Thorpe, France
Willy Barth, Mainz, Germany
Bel Mooney, Bath, UK
Rose Thompson, Cardiff, UK

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