KOKOMO, Ind. —A gaping hole in the ground, and piles of rock and rubble, were all that remained of the remote section of mountain in the Philippines. The land, which formerly supported nearby villagers, stands ruined, bulldozed and stripped of its trees.
Since August, Ligaya McGovern has witnessed the results of corporate mining in her native country, talked to the people impacted, and prepared to tell their stories to the world.
“I’m very thankful, and I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to be with people who are struggling for social justice, for the right to their ancestral lands, and out of concern for their environment,” said McGovern.