How bad a threat is illegal gold mining to the world's rainforests?
Alarming videos like these raise several issues:
- A key impetus for rampant illegal (and legal) mining is the rising price of gold
- Illegal mining is often an organized criminal activity that has much wider corrupting influences on societies
- Increased enforcement is direly needed to protect parks, wilderness areas, and indigenous lands from illegal mining
- Government officials can be pressured to focus effort on enforcement if the public knows about -- and decries -- the illegal mining crisis