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Greenpeace's new documentary exposes threats to Chile's water and biodiversity #BajemosLosBronces

Greenpeace Chile has just unveiled a new documentary series titled "Subamos la voz" (Let's Raise Our Voice), focusing on the contentious "Los Bronces Integrado" mining project in Chile. The series aims to illuminate the environmental risks posed by the project's expansion and rally public action against it.
Situated a mere 50km from downtown Santiago, Los Bronces Integrado mining project imperils the water reserves of the entire region, stored in glaciers. This expansion could directly impact the local biodiversity, already facing threats due to habitat fragmentation and loss. Species such as the Andean Condor, Puma, and Andean Cat, among others, are particularly vulnerable, as the project encroaches upon their habitats. The biodiversity of the region, classified as a global hotspot for conservation, faces further jeopardy, with unique species at risk of extinction.

Chile is grappling with an acute water shortage exacerbated by a mega-drought spanning over 14 years, coupled with intense water consumption. Los Bronces Integrados project's potential usage of approximately 1,300 litres of water per second, equivalent to the daily consumption of over 600,000 people, exacerbates the strain on water resources. This threatens not only human communities but also ecosystems dependent on these water sources. The project's approval, despite environmental concerns, reminds us of the need for urgent action to protect Chile's water security and biodiversity.
Despite its rejection in 2022 due to environmental concerns, the project was controversially approved in 2023, highlighting political decisions overriding environmental risks. Greenpeace's campaign urges citizen support to halt the project's progress, calling for the power of the collective of individuals to protect the environment and communities against corporate interests.
Watch the first episode on water:

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  • George Kariuki

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    This is outrageous! Water is already scarce in Chile, and this mining project would be a disaster for the environment.

  • Elizabeth Gathigia

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    Greecepeace campaigners are true chapions, citizens should join the fight to protect the environment and biodiversity, say no to mining projects!

    • Joseph Githinji

      2 w

      Great to see Greenpeace outline the challenges affecting Chile's biodiversity, water systems are critical for a sustainable environment.

      • Sarah Chabane

        2 w

        @joseph_githinji yes, they really are trying to make a change!

      • Princess

        2 w

        The potential impact on water reserves and biodiversity is deeply concerning, especially considering the region's already fragile ecosystem.

        • Sarah Chabane

          2 w

          @princess_nel_268 100%! This project is outrageous and very dangerous for Chile's biodiversity and communities

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