Many people don't know it but the ancient Maya, whose ancestors still live to this day in Guatemala have mined, carved and traded Jade throughout the Americas.
Jade was worth more to the Mayas than gold and is still valued as a precious gem stone even more precious than diamonds among certain cultures. Jade was and is a National treasure of Guatemala but will cease to be so if illegal jade mining continues in Guatemala. Illegal Jade mining has already taken its place on Guatemala's environmental and social economic health the same way it has taken its toll in Burma and Jotan, China.
For the last eight years foreigners have been illegally mining and exporting Jade to Asia. Namely Taiwan. These law breakers have left the local people of Guatemala threatened with violence and essentially robbed of their land and water. This has already happened in China and Burma. Don't let history repeat itself just because it is on the other side of the globe.
We are all one world now and we as human beings have the responsibility of looking at our past and creating our futures. If we as Guatemalan´s and world citizens do not act now to stop illegal Jade mining we will become victims of not learning from our and others mistakes.
Protect Guatemala´s Jade NOW!