Is Mining acceptable to you?

@chavezrmc (5777)
Philippines
February 2, 2011 12:36am CST
We just have information that there will be a mining exploration in our province. Everybody is against it, can the government listen to the people who are the one directly affected of this act? Mining is acceptable to the government, how about those people that will suffer the consequences of this. Why they allow that our environment be abused with these rich people for just a few gain?
4 responses
@echomonster (2227)
• Greenwood, Mississippi
2 Feb 11
It's true that mining is a dirty industry, but don't we all use cars/buses, computers, and countless other items that wouldn't exist without mining? Certainly the government should listen to the people, and we should always try to pressure mining companies to be as "green" and as safe as they can be. However, if everyone were to feel like you do and all mining would stop, would the world be a better place or would it be like going back in time to worse living conditions?
@chavezrmc (5777)
• Philippines
14 Feb 11
well i know what you mean that without mining industry then it means theres no civilization that is like of today. Well if you can see our area then you would understand why i am not into mining. Our province is a group of small islands, Actually our town had covered areas in the beach and part of the seashore to be a part of the town where we can have additional lot to build houses. We dont have mountains, and whatever mountains or lands we have that helps in holding the island not sink as we are surrounded by the sea. Even without mining we already had experienced flood from the sea and water from the mountains, even our forest is still a virgin, simply because we have only a little area of mountain which they the big companies will explore. If they want to explore they should go to big places that even if they will make lots of holes in their mountains then their land will never feel the existing of mining. i am sure you understand what i mean
@veganbliss (3901)
• Adelaide, Australia
14 Feb 11
What type of mining is going to occur in your province? What aspects of the mining project upset people the most there? Mining companies & pro-mining governments should be prepared to compensate the local community in some ways. I'm against coal mining to some degree, but I'd sooner have a mine next to my backyard than a slaughterhouse, abattoir or farm where animals are bred & murdered. There's always plenty of people willing to protest a mining operation which they may also end up benefiting directly or indirectly from, but few are willing to oppose animal agriculture, which is by far the worst thing for our local & global environment, our health & welbeing on many different levels, our society & economy. I'm sorry they're digging up your backyard, but I think it could have been much worse for you. Do you have an alternative proposition for your government to make just as much money for a similar outlay? Could the area be opened up to eco-tourism for example? Perhaps you could check the company's website & see what they are doing or plan to do to help the community as other mining companies around the world have done in the past.
• India
2 Feb 11
See when it comes to the government, there's nothing that you can do against them. They have all the rights to do. I understand what you are trying to say, it will definitely affect the people who are staying there. But may be you can just help your neighbours or few others, as long as the mining goes on.
@EdnaReyes (2628)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
Mining is an industry that could bring positive gains in the country. The industry is not all that bad. If the people behind it can really do their jobs in respecting the environment, in sharing duties and responsibilities then the gains will be for the people. It;s not only mining that hurts the environment, people are the most to be blamed. They are also big contributors to the deterioration of our natural resources. They polluted riverbanks, do kaingin system and do not know proper waste management. Let us all be open minded about progress. Let us not only listen to one side. Let's be united for the good of the many rather than for the interest of those opposing progress for their hidden agenda!