Rosia Montana in UNESCO World Heritage: January20, Bucharest

January 19, 2011

Roşia Montană are nevoie de tine!

Dragă prietene, susţinător al Roşiei Montane,

Ai fost alături de Roşia Montană de-a lungul anilor şi îţi mulţumim! Acum, mai mult ca oricând, Roşia are din nou nevoie de tine! Are nevoie de forţele noastre reunite!

La sfârşitul acestei luni, Ministrul Kelemen Hunor va trimite Lista Indicativă a României în vederea înscrierii în Patrimoniul Mondial (UNESCO). Roşia Montană merită să se regăsească pe această listă!

Vino joi, 20 ianuarie, orele 12.00, în faţa Ministerului Culturii şi Patrimoniului Naţional să cerem Ministrului Kelemen Hunor introducerea Roşiei Montane pe lista UNESCO!

Împreună putem fi mai puternici! Scrie mesajul tău de încurajare pentru Ministrul Culturii şi vino cu el la manifestaţie.

Argumentele pentru care Roşia Montană trebuie declarată patrimoniu UNESCO le poţi consulta aici: www.rosiamontana.org

Printre susţinătorii dezvoltării durabile a Roşiei Montane se numără: Academia Română, ICOMOS, Casa Regală a României, Biserica Ortodoxa Română, zeci de organizaţii nonguvernamentale, sute de cadre universitare, cercetători de talie naţională şi internaţională şi personalităţi publice.

Adresa Ministerului Culturii şi Patrimoniului Naţional este Soseaua Kiseleff nr. 30, sector 1, Bucureşti (langă Muzeul Naţional al Satului).

Daca nu poti participa la eveniment, te rugam sa urmezi pasii descrisi in link-ul urmator: http://regenerationromania.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/ghid-practic-de-implicare-in-salvarea-rosiei-montane/

foto: Calin Capros

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Third Annual Volunteering & Backpacking Trip to Roşia Montană, Romania (2010)

July 14, 2010

Do you care about the environment and the preservation of world cultural heritage? Then join us on a student-run volunteering project meant to support sustainable development in an old mining village in Western Romania (Transylvania). The trip will take place in August 12-18, 2010.

As this is our third annual trip to the site, you can find more background information HERE:

This year’s trip will be concentrated around “Fan Fest”, a festival highlighting the local traditions and the potential for sustainable development, alternative to mining. There will be various workshops and demonstrations by local farmers and artisans, concerts, theater performances, turning Roşia Montană into a big stage. The festival is meant to draw more visibility to the “Save Rosia Montana” campaign, encourage tourism in the area, as well as support the nomination of Roşia Montană as a UNESCO protected World Heritage site!

* Official website http://www.fanfest.ro/

* Festival info http://rosiamontana.org/index.shtml?cmd[291]=x-291-37028&cmd[292]=x-322-37028&cmd[300]=x-299-37028

Our group plans to assist the organizers in running the festival by helping with the various activities (art workshops, movie projections, concerts), installations, cleaning, patrolling, marking routes and whatever else might be needed on the site. There will be time left to explore the surroundings and learn about the significance of Roşia Montană to Romanian history and culture.

* Total estimated costs: $200 travel & living costs for 7 days in Romania. Cheap air fare from anywhere in Europe.

* Romanian Students Association at Princeton University. Email rssa@princeton.edu for additional information and sign-up.

Come spend a memorable week in a place of legend!

Open Letter by Romanian Students Concerning Rosia Montana

July 14, 2010

Open Letter Outlining the Position of Romanian Students and Researchers from Abroad Concerning the Proposed Mining Operations at Roşia Montană – July 14, 2010.

Authors: Theodor Braşoveanu (Princeton University), Elena Cânepă (Carnegie Mellon University), Tudor Dumitraş (CMU), Ioan Mărginean (League of the Romanian Students Studying Abroad – US Chapter). Translation by Cristina Albu (University of Pittsburgh).

Full text and list of supporters available at

http://studentsforrosiamontana.wordpress.com/

Opinion on the gold mining project at Rosia Montana by association of Romanian scientists.

July 8, 2010

The Ad Astra Association of Romanian researchers is publicly expressing its opposition to the gold mining project in the Rosia Montana area of western Romania.

We consider that, beside the fact that the terms of the contract are clearly disadvantageous to the Romanian State, the ratio between the potential benefits and the risks does not justify the approval and launch of this project. Our position is based on the arguments in the document below:

http://docs.ad-astra.ro/Opinion_Rosia_Montana_Ad_Astra_EN.pdf

19/05/10

Protest March on July 8, Bucharest Marriott.

July 8, 2010

Preluare de pe http://luptapentrurosiamontana.wordpress.com/

8 iulie este ZI DE LUPTĂ PENTRU ROŞIA MONTANĂ. Vino imbracat in negru la Mitingul de Protest fata de Conferinta de Science-Fiction Economic a Gold Corporation.

Te asteptam la ora 10 fix pe Calea 13 Septembrie, in fata Hotelului Marriott, la Statuia Eroilor Pompieri. Actiunea este autorizata. Simbolurile politice de orice fel sunt interzise.

poster protest

Rosia Montana este actul de nastere al poporului roman. Are o istorie milenara, galerii romane unice in lume si un patrimoniu natural protejat de lege.

Dar statul roman vrea sa vanda Rosia Montana companiei canadiene Gabriel Resources. Aceasta a infiintat Rosia Montana Gold Corporation prin care doreste sa arunce in aer muntii din jurul localitatii, sa extraga prin cianurare aurul din roca dinamitata si sa lase un lac de cianura la sfarsitul exploatarii.

Nu e un scenariu SF, ci planul pe care Gabriel Resources si Gold Corporation incearca sa il infrumuseteze pe 8 iulie, in cadrul unei conferinte la Hotel Marriott din Bucuresti.
Analistii “independenti” platiti de companie vor vorbi despre cum turismul si agricultura se pot face doar dupa exploatarea cu cianura, cum se vor oferi mii de locuri de munca, cum planul ar aduce Romaniei… 19 miliarde de dolari.

In mare, sunt aceleasi promisiuni de acum cativa ani, doar ca acest castig fictiv a mai capatat un zero, fie el castig in bani sau locuri de munca. Din nou promisiuni… minciuni.

Credem ca o asemenea farsa trebuie intampinata cum se cuvine. Pentru ca istoria, patrimoniul si natura de la Rosia Montana nu sunt de vanzare.

Pentru ca minciuna nu este adevar.

Greenpeace shows its support for Rosia Montana by blocking access to RMGC offices.

July 8, 2010

Activiștii Greenpeace au blocat accesul în compania Roșia Montană Gold Corporation.

Astăzi, 7 iulie, la ora 7:30, 15 activiști Greenpeace au instalat în fața sediului RMGC tabăra de Salvare a Roșiei Montane. Activiștii s-au legat cu lanțuri de intrarea în sediul companiei, protestând împotriva proiectului de exploatare minieră de la Roșia Montană. Prin această acțiune Greenpeace România închide sediul companiei RMGC și cere interzicerea oricăror exploatări miniere. Pe bannerele de la fața locului se poate citi: “RMGC: Nu mai munciți la un dezastru”. Activiștii Greenpeace susțin că: „dacă angajații companiei merg la birou zi de zi, aceștia nu fac nimic altceva decât să lucreze la distrugerea Roșiei Montane. Orice minut în care RMGC nu lucrează, e un minut câștigat pentru Roșia Montană.

http://www.greenpeace.org/romania/news/ei-solicit-companiei-s-nu-ma

Volunteering & Backpacking Trip to Rosia Montana, Romania (2009)

August 17, 2009

Do you care about the environment and the preservation of world cultural heritage? Then join us on a student-run volunteering project meant to support sustainable development in an old mining village in Western Romania (Transylvania).

The story: Gold has been mined in Rosia Montana since the ancient times of Romans. While there is still precious metal dispersed in microscopic quantities throughout the area, traditional mining can no longer be made efficiently, hence the proposal initiated by Gabriel Resources, a Canadian mining corporation, to create Europe’s largest open cast gold mine. The metal would be extracted through strip-mining, which includes blowing up (dynamiting) the entire mountain & surrounding villages, blasting and pulverizing the landscape, exposing the waters in the area to hazardous cyanide compounds. The mining project is supposed to last for 10-15 years, extract 300 tons of gold and provide a significant number of jobs to the largely unemployed local miners. The real tragedy is carefully hidden: precious archaeological traces of the Roman presence in the area, entire settlements not yet fully researched together with some of the oldest mines in Europe would be wiped out forever, along with a remarkable medieval settlement & adjacent gorgeous mountain valleys.

The result would be an ecological disaster affecting not only local villages, but also the surrounding waters (which eventually flow into neighboring Hungary). The destruction of the landscape, doubled by the criminal eradication of extensive archaeological treasures, which could be hardly reconstituted or relocated, called for a concerted opposition from NGOs and environmental groups worldwide, the Romanian Academy, the Church, the Romanian Royal House, the Hungarian government, EU officials etc. Some of those efforts really start to bear fruition now, after many years of struggle. But in spite of the rejected licenses and lost trials, the company just wouldn’t back off, after spending more than $300M on buying houses, relocating people and bribing Romanian authorities. Rosia Montana needs more than ever a clear & consistent strategy for long-term sustainable development, as an alternative to mining!

Here comes our volunteering project: we partner with local NGO “Alburnus Maior” in supporting local tourism, traditional crafts, organic agriculture and other sustainable, environmentally friendly activities that would restore back the hope and provide income to the locals. We want to focus on marketing the natural and historical treasures of the place and help transforming the village into an attractive tourist destination. Much of the work will build upon the projects started by “Alburnus Maior” during the past few years and our last-year initiative (August 17-26, 2008) and will include: convincing regional tourism agents to invest in the area, encouraging people to open bed & breakfasts, providing crash-courses of foreign languages targeted at welcoming tourists, advertise the various opportunities for development.

In addition to meeting the locals and framing projects to serve their needs, we will explore the area accompanied by local guides, hike the surrounding mountains and caves, listen to local songs and legends. Rosia Montana doesn’t lack natural beauties and opportunities for tourism of any sort. It has just been deprived of its HOPE, and our mission is to restore both the hope and the pride of its locals. Everyone is encouraged to do their own research & come up with solutions, drawing from personal experience and interests. By putting together everyone’s ideas, we can hope for a program that would serve longer-term development goals. Prepare for an exciting summer adventure & a chance to make a lasting impact on a local community that is very much in need of your enthusiasm!

* Total estimated costs: $250 travel & living costs for 8 days in Romania. Cheap air fare from anywhere in Europe.

* Related websites: Romanian Students Association at Princeton University http://www.princeton.edu/~rssa

* Facebook group
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106548536155

* More information about last year’s initiative at
https://campuscgi.princeton.edu/~rssa/volunteering_2008.pl

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