Before its steep drop last year, the price of gold had been on a steady surge, quadrupling since the early 2000’s. For Colombia, the increased demand meant the arrival of big miners hoping to capitalize on the country’s gold bonanza. This country ranks among the world’s top 15 gold producers mostly mined by modern machinery but often leaving behind a toxic, mercury-contaminated environment. However, a group of miners are making the difference, becoming part of a movement known as “Green Gold.”
Our correspondent Michelle Begue takes us to Colombia, and shows us how they are protecting their livelihood, safeguarding the environment and finding gold that’s green. With shovels they painstakingly loosen the dirt, searching by hand for any trace of gold. They’ve agreed not to use toxic chemicals. But, can this grueling process really transform an industry? Find out on Americas Now.
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