Don’t Weaken Protections for Indigenous People and the Environment

Originally published on August 12, 2014, at ForceChange.com

Target: Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank

Goal: Reverse the World Bank’s decision to provide less protection to indigenous people and our ecosystems

The World Bank is weakening regulations that protect the environment and indigenous people in developing countries. By deregulating mining and logging corporations, the World Bank is endangering the lives of the residents and the ecosystems in which they inhabit. Do not allow corporate greed to trample the lives of innocent people.

A leaked draft of the World Bank’s new policies revealed that mining and logging corporations no longer have to consult with the indigenous people before taking over their land. The residents who are not violently removed will be subject to high levels of pollution in their air, water, and food. By stepping away and allowing the governments and corporations to make up their own rules, the World Bank has opened the door to historical human rights and environmental abuse.

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