This weekend, XR Toronto stood in solidarity with our environmental allies in Brazil and Turkey. On Saturday, August 24, we stood with our Brazilian friends in a protest at Queen’s Park, further bringing attention to the 57,509 fires ravaging the Amazon. Indigenous groups in the forest have been caretaking it peacefully for hundreds of years, and rely on it for food and water. These forest fires not only decimate the ecosystem of the forest, but the lives of those in it.
On the 25th, we were at Dundas Square standing with Canada Mount Ida Solidarity. Alamos Gold, a Canadian company, has been conducting a massive open-pit mining operation in the Ida Mountains in Turkey. The cyanide they’ve used in the drilling process (easily replaceable with less toxic materials) could spell disaster for the local ecosystem should there be a leak, not to mention the arsenic and heavy metals that will contaminate it regardless.