Gold, The Amazon, and The Climate Crisis

Although an important livelihood for millions, artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) threatens the health of people, plants, and animals in the Amazon. In addition to being a substantial source of deforestation, ASGM pollutes the environment with mercury, degrades soil, and harms waterways. In this podcast, we hear from some of the world’s leading experts about the latest research into ASGM’s environmental impacts on the Amazon Rainforest – including the catastrophic toll on human health in the Amazon region and beyond. It also examines issues related to rights of local communities, as well as what responsibility corporations have to solve the issue.

Learn how this global issue affect us all through the expert lens of:

Justin Catanoso, moderator and contributing journalist for Mongabay and Professor of the Practice at Wake Forest University.

Miles Silman, Professor of Conservation Biology at Wake Forest University and Founding Director for the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability (CEES)

Luis Fernandez, Executive Director of the Center for Amazonian Scientific Innovation (CINCIA) & Research Associate Professor, Wake Forest University’s Department of Biology

Deborah Goldemberg, Conservation Specialist at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Brazil