I first heard about the mining plan of PT MMP in Bangka Island, early 2013 when I went there for the 2nd time. Chit-chat after diving. I jumped out of my seat and said NO WAY!!! Neveeeerrr!!
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The 1st time I went to Bangka Island was my diving trip to Manado. The plan was to go diving in Bunaken, Manado Tua, and Lembeh. But my friend said “you gotta go to Bangka!” I directly thought of Bangka-Belitung. It turns out, it was close to Manado! ;) I went there straight away! That was March 2012
Now, I’ve been there 4 times! The nature is amazing! The underwater is one of the best, the soft coral makes the color of the sea bright blue. And its a small island! Based on the regulations*, any island under 200.000 hectares cannot be mined. And this is only 4700 hectares! So the mining plan of PT MMP (Mikgro Metal Perdana) is obviously illegal!
The Governor of North Sulawesi likes to claim that he is the “Green Governor”! Vice regent Sompie Singal also has to be responsible for this! I started this petition to push them to stop the mining, and save the island!
Last time I went there was Eid Mubarak. I went around the villages (which I didn’t think I was gonna go there). After having conversations with the locals, my God, they have been there for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years.
Almost 100% of the locals are against the mining plan. They are fighting (as much as they can) so that there wont be mining in Bangka Island. They fully understand that it could ruin the ocean, and eventually their source of life and income as fishermen. They also know that with the shape of the island it could very well break and sink.
# It would be disastrous if mining came to that island. # Lets move forward. Don’t be afraid. Don’t retreat. Tell your friends to support this petition and say no to PT MMP’s mining in Bangka Island!
From the environmental point of view: the waste would be overwhelming, from the rivers to the sea. The coral reefs would be destroyed, and the fish will dissapear.
From the social side: Automatically, if the fish are gone, the livelihood of the community (as most are fishermen will be gone too! Not to mention the tremendous amount of eviction that will happen, who knows to where. All your life you live in your home, then suddenly you’re forced to move and start all over again.
Thats why it’s important that we support Bangka Island and its inhabitants. Now its Bangka, next its other islands, before you know it our entire nature will be destroyed!
# Thank you for supporting #SaveBangkaIsland
— UU No. 27/2007 on Small Islands and Coastal Region Management. Bans mining activities for any islands smaller than 200.000 hectares
— UU No. 24/2007 on Disaster Management. Obligating vice regents to do a Disaster Risk Analysis for mining plans
— UU No. 32/2009 on Environmental protection and management. Obligating vice regents to do a strategic environmental study for spatial utilization. AMDAL documents needs to be a requirement for giving a permit for mining companies, and it needs to officially be open to the public
— UU No. 14/2008 on Public Information Transparency. Obligating vice regents to not omit information regarding policies on mining companies (such as PT Mikgro Metal Perdana)
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