Mining, even with modern precautions, puts the world’s delicately balanced biosphere in peril. While staying in the Province of Azuay, Ecuador, I witnessed firsthand the people’s resistance against the Canadian mining company “IAMGOLD” that is currently in the preliminary process of exploitation at the source of the community’s water system. Azuay’s situation brings into focus the environmental impact of our current dependence on extractive industries. This presentation explores how mining affects a community’s health, wellbeing, and access to the basic necessities of food and water. It further details the community’s resistance efforts contrasted against the miners’ justifications. The presentation includes a personal reflection upon living within the community, visiting the mining site, interviewing resistance members, and participating in the protest. It closes with a few small environmental strategies we can implement in our daily lives on Cornell’s campus.
Katherine Carr, ’12
Majors: Psychology, Spanish
Sponsor: Marcela Ochoa-Shivapour