Bishop Gilles Cote - PNG
Large-scale mining with limited environmental controls is damaging food supplies in many Pacific countries. Toxic sediment is spoiling rivers and land, while soil and sediment washed out to sea affects reefs and seafood resources.
The Ok Tedi gold and copper mine in Papua New Guinea provides one quarter of the country’s export earnings. But tailings waste spilled into the Fly and Ok Tedi river catchments has severely affected food sources for the local people. Sago, fish and wild game are now much harder to find, as Bishop Gilles Côté of Daru-Kiunga diocese testifies.