Gold, Groundwater, and the Future of Guatemala

As we participated in the Proyecto de Salud Ambiental (Environmental Health Project), we also learned about much deeper and more disturbing threats to Guatemala’s environment coming from multinational mining companies that, with only minimal payments to the country (1% of total revenues) have removed tons of gold from Guatemalan soil, not through picks and shovels and tin pans with holes in them, but by leaching it from rocks with arsenic–a process that (to put it mildly) is not good for the ground water.

While we were in La Labor, people throughout San Pedro Ayumpuc were organizing against mining exploration in their villages. This final video blog documents some of their efforts to use the democratic process to protect their environment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DFoL9t3QFk

 

Post By Michael Austin (12 Posts)

I am the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Newman University. I am also a professor of English and the author of two books on literature and human cognition and one college textbook on the great ideas tradition in Western and Non-Western cultures. I can be reached most days at austinm@newmanu.edu.

Website: →

Connect

About Michael Austin

Michael Austin has written 12 post in this blog.

I am the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Newman University. I am also a professor of English and the author of two books on literature and human cognition and one college textbook on the great ideas tradition in Western and Non-Western cultures. I can be reached most days at austinm@newmanu.edu.

About Michael Austin

I am the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Newman University. I am also a professor of English and the author of two books on literature and human cognition and one college textbook on the great ideas tradition in Western and Non-Western cultures. I can be reached most days at austinm@newmanu.edu.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Gold, Groundwater, and the Future of Guatemala

  1. Unfortunately I am having trouble with your RSS . Don’t know why Fail to subscribe to it. Is there anybody else experiencing similar rss problem? Anybody who knows please respond

  2. Amazing article. I need you up-to-date your weblog much more often, I just cannot appear to be to own adequate of one’s blog. I saved your weblog in my bookmarks. Would it be feasible to do a guest article sometime? Flammable storage