A social activist forum and festival in Romania, 2015
Again last year, the FânFest 2015 (fân = hay), a social activist forum and festival took place in Romania. Initially it was organized by Mining Watch Romania to show the beauty of the region of Roşia Montană and to protect it from gold mining projects. This area is now added to Romania’s tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
For a whole weekend, August, 13-16, there were workshops, concerts, theater, lectures, tours, film presentations, games, offers for children, an alternative market place etc. Two activists from Mining Watch Romania gave a overview of mining in Romania and its environmental and social impacts especially of the gold and silver mine in Certej, Hunadoara, owned by the Canadian company „Eldorado Gold Corporation“.
The festival was the largest gathering of communities and activists that oppose destructive gold-mining projects due to economic and social reasons. As more and more densely populated areas (over 20 such areas in Europe) are now being targeted by the mining industry, the exposure of the true costs of mining contributed to the discussion about a renewed raw resources strategy that would focus on recycling and urban mining.
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