Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Got Golden Rules?

Think gold is pure? Think again!

Gold mining has become a huge threat to the environment. When you purchase a gold ring for that special occasion, or simply for luxury, you are contributing to tons of mine waste. In fact, metal mining is the number one toxic polluter in U.S.; it adds massive amounts of mercury and lead to the environment. And, you are encouraging the miners to use Cyanide, which is a poisonous chemical used in gold mining to separate gold from the ore. Nevertheless, gold mining consumes 10% of the world’s energy.

Make sure the gold you are buying meets the Golden Rules!

These are social, human rights, and environmental criteria encouraged by the Earthworks, a non-profit organization. Make sure your gold was not produced at the expense of local communities, workers and the environment!

 http://nonewcoal.greens.org.au/gold/toxicity/the-hazardous-process-of-mining-gold

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