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A Holiday Reminder: Save Money and the Environment by Boycotting Gold, Silver, Diamonds, and other mined metals and stones. All mining devastates the environment and much is unnecessary. The majority of gold mined is for gold jewelry (and bullion), which is completely unneeded. The majority of gold jewelry is bought by China and India, and education is needed.

Gold mine expansion in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/teaming-up-to-track-illegal-amazon-gold-mines-in-peru

Russia Alrosa Aykhal diamond mine: partly owned by the Govt of Russia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aykhal_diamond_mine The Alrosa Mir underground mine flooded in 2017, and 8 people died. The original Mir open pit mine.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir_mine

Russia is the largest diamond miner. The largest gold mining countries are China, Australia and Russia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_gold_production It appears that Russia launders illegal gold and diamonds from poor countries in Africa and almost certainly Latin America. Russia has legal gold and diamond mines in Africa, and possibly Latin America, as well. For instance, in the Central African Republic (CAR), the “mining sites in the Russian permit areas in CAR are almost entirely open-pit, alluvial mining sites. The major environmental impacts of these mining practices include deforestation from mining and associated infrastructure, diversion and pollution of water sources, and land degradation.” See images and more information here: https://pmc-wagner.net/the-environmental-impact-of-russian-mining-in-the-central-african-republic/

Alrosa is the world’s largest diamond mining company, with sales that totaled $4.2 billion in sales last year, it is responsible for 90 percent of Russia’s diamond mining capacity, which accounts for 28 percent globally. It is a company that is one-third owned by the Russian government… Alrosa’s CEO is Sergei Sergeevich Ivanov, son of one of Putin’s closest allies, Sergei Borisovich Ivanov. Sergei Borisovich Ivanov previously served as the Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office, Deputy Prime Minister, and Defense Minister of Russia and remains a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation… Experts note a “major loophole” remains in the sanctions regime that allows for importation of diamonds manufactured in India or elsewhere because of the interpretation provided in OFAC FAQs…. A recent report on the diamond industry indicated approximately 95% of the world’s diamonds are cut and polished in India. Thus, as it stands at this time, a diamond can be mined by an Alrosa subsidiary, polished or cut in India or another country, and sold to the United States without any prohibition, making a profit for the Russian governmenthttps://connolly.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=4508

Interpol has recently taken an interest in illegal gold mining and its connections to transnational organized crime: https://www.interpol.int/News-and-Events/News/2022/The-devastating-impact-of-illegal-gold-mining-in-Latin-America Illegally mined products can enter into the mainstream market through fraud. Threats and land grabs related to illegal and legal mining are responsible for at least some of the migrants who arrive at the US southern border, too.

Refusing to buy gold, diamonds, silver, platinum, etc., is a small, easy, way to help save the environment, and help keep the prices-value lower, which, in turn, reduces interest in mining exploration and exploitation. Plus, it’s an easy way to save money! Gold, silver, diamonds, platinum, have no inherent value apart from the value that people place on them.

It should be impossible to even consider buying gold, after looking at the original pictures from the region, the artwork, and reading the articles written by Barbara Crane Navarro – Rainforest Art Project: https://barbara-navarro.com See for instance: https://barbara-navarro.com/exhibition-2022-2023-no-to-gold-pas-de-cartier-yanomami-and-trees-gold-mining-and-gold-luxury-items/ And, https://barbara-navarro.com/2022/02/01/please-boycott-gold-for-the-yanomami-please-give-gifts-that-dont-destroy-nature-and-the-lives-of-indigenous-peoples-listen-to-the-yanomami-shamans-message-the-plea-of-the-
There are very few Yanomami and they could easily disappear due to this de facto genocide.

As we wrote in 2012: If most people really understood the cost to the environment then they would not purchase mined products, whether precious, semi-precious stones, or metals. Or, they would do so with great guilt and hesitation.  Nor would they purchase gold or silver bullion.  People need to understand that cutting trees, especially those forming tropical rainforest, is absolutely devastating to the environment. Divest yourself of mining stock shares or use your stock shares to hold companies accountable/protest.  Inform yourself and everyone else of the environmental consequences and human costs of mining.  Use your creativity to think of other means of protest.  Think of the impact before buying metal jewelry and/or semi-precious/precious stones.  Especially avoid purchase of gold and silver bullion. Read more here and in other early posts of our blog: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/divest-protest-inform This blog used to be Haiti Mining Awareness and was meant to be on three proposed mines in Haiti. We never had the time to do much on worldwide mining, unfortunately. Nonetheless, the early posts have a lot of information on mining in general, mining in Haiti, as well as uranium mining, and, occasionally other kinds of mines.

Illegal mining is more likely to use mercury, but cyanide is used in legal mining, as well. Though, with enforced rules, mining can be made safer for the environment, it remains devastating, as our blog discussed in detail in our early posts. Most high grade deposits have already been mined, so that huge amounts of earth must be removed and processed to extract the tiniest amount of gold or silver. Areas like the Amazon and New Guinea managed to keep most miners at bay until the 20th century and, thus, had remaining higher grade ore. https://www.epa.gov/international-cooperation/artisanal-and-small-scale-gold-mining-without-mercury

The theft of gold and implied laundering is mentioned here, as is legal mining: “Central African Republic: Under Russian influence”, FRANCE 24 English https://youtu.be/4Z14nIppD3U

Yanomami chant to protect the community, Barbara Navarro’s YouTube channel (also embedded on her site): https://youtu.be/F8_z7-G1PC0

Shaman’s Message: https://youtu.be/32zx1W1SOWE

China and India accounted for 60.53% of the world’s gold jewelry market in 2021 by tonnes of gold sold. In particular, with 675 tonnes sold, China led with a market share of 31.77%, while Indian consumers purchased 611 tonnes, representing 28.76%. Southeast Asia comprising Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia, cumulatively purchased 64 tonnes. Other leading jewelry gold consumers include the United States (149 tonnes), Europe (68 tonnes), Turkey, and the UAE combined (68 tonnes). The rest of the world has the third largest share of 489 tonnes or 23.02%.“ See: “China and India control 60% of all gold jewelry market globally” By Justinas Baltrusai, Nov. 1, 2022: https://web.archive.org/web/20221101144217/https://finbold.com/china-and-india-control-60-of-all-gold-jewelry-market-globally/

Statistics Report: Global Jewelry Market Share 2021 Estimated to Reach USD 500 Billion by 2026 [225+ Pages Research Report] According to Facts and Factors market research report, the Global Jewelry Market size & share revenue is expected to grow from USD 324.60 Billion in 2020 to reach USD 500 Billion by 2026, at 8.5% annual CAGR growth during forecast period of 2021-2026. The top market companies profiles included in report with their sales, revenues and strategies are Tiffany & Co., Pandora, Signet Jewellers, H Stern., Chow Tai Fook, Swarovski, Cartier, Buccellati, Harry Winston Inc., Chopard and others. June 30, 2021 08:25 ET | Source: Facts & Factors
New York, NY, June 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Facts and Factors have published a new research report titled “Jewelry Market By Product (Necklace, Earrings, Ring, Bracelet, & Others), By Material (Gold, Diamond, Platinum, And Others), By End-Users (Men & Women), And By Regions – Global & Regional Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecasts, 2021 – 2026”.

“According to the recent research report, the demand of global Jewelry Market size & share expected to reach to USD 500 Billion by 2026 from USD 324.60 Billion in 2020, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5% during the forecast period 2021 to 2026
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Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the largest market share with recent trends indicating the region to occupy more than 60% of the global market cap over the forecast period. The presence of key players in the regions coupled with the two most populous countries – China & India will drive the growth of the global Jewelry market during the forecast. Availability of quality and premium products and increased demands from consumers will further propel the growth of the market. The region of the Middle East & Africa is expected to occupy a large market share during the forecast owing to intricate designs and the presence of gold mines across the region” See more here: https://web.archive.org/web/20210630122931/https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2021/06/30/2255644/0/en/Statistics-Report-Global-Jewelry-Market-Share-2021-Estimated-to-Reach-USD-500-Billion-by-2026.html

https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/platinum-gold-silver-jewelry

See more here:
https://barbara-navarro.com/exhibition-2022-2023-no-to-gold-pas-de-cartier-yanomami-and-trees-gold-mining-and-gold-luxury-items/

https://barbara-navarro.com/2022/02/01/please-boycott-gold-for-the-yanomami-please-give-gifts-that-dont-destroy-nature-and-the-lives-of-indigenous-peoples-listen-to-the-yanomami-shamans-message-the-plea-of-the-

One of our posts from 2012. We are no longer able take comments.

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