31 May '17, 2pm

Colombian court grants rights to Atrato River, extremely contaminated by #mercury from gold mining

Colombian court grants rights to Atrato River, extremely contaminated by #mercury from gold mining

Colombia’s Atrato River is one of the most polluted waterways in the in the country. Now, thanks to a decision by Colombia’s Constitutional Court, the Atrato has its own legally recognized right to “protection, conservation, maintenance and restoration.” Yes, it’s a river, and it has rights. This remarkable development happened because caring, concerned people banded together. Representatives of affected indigenous groups, Afro-Colombian organizations and the NGO Tierra Digna brought the case in 2015. Their aim was to require better protection for the Atrato River and the people who live within its basin and along its shores. The Atrato River’s troubles come largely from illegal gold mining. Despite the overwhelming level of mercury pollution caused by all this mining activity, the Colombian government has done little to stem the contamination, according to this decision ....

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/colombia-grants-legal-rights-...

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