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October 10, 2011

Campaign Update – Papua New Guinea: New Video on Defending the Ramu River

Last week, Indigenous landowners rested their appeal to Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court, asking for a permanent injunction to prevent a Chinese nickel mine from dumping toxic mine waste into the Bismarck Sea. While they await the court’s decision, a new video by the Sacred Lands Film Project shows how Indigenous communities along the Ramu River are reviving a traditional ceremony to protect the river, which flows from above the mine site to the sea. Although the film does not portray the threats to the life of the river from mining projects, it does show the Indigenous communities’ dependence on the health of the river and their commitment to be its guardians. Learn more at, and read the Global Response campaign action alert.