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Taking Planet Earth off the Market

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Another incredible story is that of Lydia Olympic from the Village of Igiugig, a small community located off the road system in Southwestern Alaska. Iguigig (pronounced Ig-ee-oog-ik) is near Lake Iliamna, which drains into Bristol Bay – one of the richest fisheries in the world that is now being threatened by the world’s largest open pit gold and copper mine. Her story was featured in the documentary film Red Gold.

Lydia Olympic

Finally, See Jane Do met Virginia Brunini in our own backyard of Nevada County. In the early 1970s Brunini fought hard to get the Empire Mine State Historic Park established. The Grass Valley landmark is one of four Nevada County parks on the list of 200 state parks facing a possible closure to address the state’s $24 billion deficit. City and county officials have estimated the loss of the parks would cost the county millions in tourist revenues. Unwilling to let the economic and historic treasure close, Brunini has gathered 5,000 signatures for a petition asking state legislators to keep the park open.

Virginia Brunini

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