The copper mine & tailing dump in Teghut Forest is expected to have negative impacts on the people & land of Armenia for many generations, all of which carries a huge ‘social cost’ that will be paid by families & the government well into the future.
To learn more, this well-documented letter by the Save Teghut Civic Initiative outlines many of the environmental, public health, legal, cultural & social issues - READ HERE
Serj Tankian has released this powerful video statement against unsustainable mining in Teghut Forest and in support of the Save Teghut movement. In it, he explains that the natural beauty of Teghut Forest–one of the last and best preserved forests in Armenia–is in danger of being almost completely chopped down for an open pit copper mine and tailing dump that will release 500 million tons of toxic waste along with 600 million tons of additional waste [note: these figures were misstated in the video below].
Teghut Forest with its unique ecosystem of lush trees, rivers, rare plants and animals is in a vulnerable position of being devastated forever. This glorious natural wonder is in danger of becoming an ecological dead zone that will have ramifications for hundreds if not thousands of years. Serj notes that mining is considered to be a source of economic growth but adds that there are already more than 500 mines throughout Armenia and that has not had an impact on improving the standard of living.