Stop the coltan mining in the DRC and save the native wildlife before it is too late

Stop the coltan mining in the DRC and save the native wildlife before it is too late

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Ziad E started this petition to United Nations Environment Program and

Think of it this way; you throw your old phone out and get a brand-new one. What harm does that do? Well first off, it’s a waste of money, but that’s not the point. The point is, that if you care about animal AND human rights, well, you’d definitely want to consider at the very least recycling your own mobile phone.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, there’s a HUGE demand for coltan, a material used in mobile phones, mostly found there in mines. As well as affecting the environment, it also GREATLY affects the habitats of the native animals living nearby. Especially the Eastern Lowland Gorillas. One of the biggest threats to the Eastern Lowland Gorillas is the illegal mining of minerals such as coltan. These populations are heavily threatened by human activities, such as those associated with mining for minerals that go into making our phones.

So, why should you recycle your old phone? Well first, if you donate your old phone to the Zoos Victoria website so you can support the Gorilla Doctors, a group of doctors in Africa who help and try to save said species. Either that or you can just do it the old way – putting it in the recycling bin. Ultimately, what that will do is recycle the phone (and possibly make it a better model of phone) and reduce the demand for coltan. So instead of throwing away your old phone (and potentially an innocent gorilla’s life) why not recycle it?

As well as helping gorillas, you are helping also other fellow humans as well. Adults and CHILDREN (yes, as young as 6 years old) tirelessly work in the mines with no opportunity, no future, and no life. They also get overwhelmingly unethical pay, which is absolutely outrageous. Help save the poor people working in the mines, wasting their lives doing unnecessary and unethical labour. In addition to that, Congolese and international law make the killing, capture or trade in gorillas illegal, but in this environment such laws are not currently enforceable. Thus, the forests are decimated by the mines, and wildlife are killed or traded illegally to support the mining activities.

So, are you in? Are you going to recycle your phone for the sheer sake of the gorillas and children? Are you going to help reduce, no wait, STOP the unethical mining of coltan in the DRC? Sign this petition (like right NOW) to let me and the whole wide world know! They are CALLING on you.

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