Vedanta Mine Blocked
If you want to see a classic case of concerned people winning a decision in favor of indigenous people, wildlife and conservation over a multi billion dollar company with lobbyists, look towards India. Breaking news includes that India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has blocked Vedanta Resources’ controversial plan to mine bauxite on the hills of the Dongria Kondh tribe.
As I wrote in my article “Vedanta – India Mine Report” on Monday August 16th, the proposed mine would have destroyed the dense forests the mineral lies under. The forests are home to the Dongria Kondh, are an important link between wildlife sanctuaries for elephants and tigers, and have around 20 species of orchids which are used as medicine.
Survival International reports http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/6385 that its supporters wrote more than 10,000 protest letters to the Indian government, and over 600,000 people have watched Survival’s film ‘Mine’.
It’s time to celebrate, before taking a deep breath and turning towards our next environmental challenge.