Sourcing

WJA Foundation to Air Documentary, Director Q&A on Gold Mining

SourcingMay 27, 2021

WJA Foundation to Air Documentary, Director Q&A on Gold Mining

“River of Gold” covers destructive and illegal gold mining in the Amazon.

One of the Women’s Jewelry Association Foundation goals is to strengthen education around sustainability and responsible sourcing.
New York—A new documentary charts the destructiveness of gold mining in the Amazon, and the Women’s Jewelry Association Foundation is making it available to the industry.

On June 3, the WJA Foundation will host a free, private online screening of “River of Gold.”

The film shows how illegal gold mining creates “apocalyptic destruction” of the Amazon rainforest. The documentary’s trailer can be viewed online.

In addition to the foundation, Amazon Aid Foundation and Ethical Metalsmiths are presenting the film. 

Afterward, the screening will turn to a livestream Q&A with “River of Gold” Co-Director Sarah duPont; WJA Foundation President Brandee Dallow; sustainable business strategist Christina Miller; and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and co-author of the book “Dirty Gold,” Nicholas Nehamas. 

They’ll touch on mining in the Amazon, opportunities for responsible sourcing and how to create positive industry change. 

The WJA Foundation was created as a separate charitable organization from WJA to promote education and business opportunities for women in the industry to reach their full potential. The foundation recently announced a specific Sustainability Education Fund.

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Amazon Aid Foundation, meanwhile, spurs action to protect the Amazon rainforest through various mediums, including science, multimedia and film. “River of Gold” co-director duPont is the founder of Amazon Aid Foundation.

“Our aim with ‘River of Gold’ is to show the impact of illicit and unregulated gold mining in order to inspire change,” she said.

“It’s only through a collaborative process with incredible organizations like WJA Foundation and Ethical Metalsmiths that industry transformation will happen. We are honored to present the film at this special event.”

Ethical Metalsmiths connects and educates buyers, jewelers, designers, and suppliers united by a desire for responsible sourcing opportunities. The organization will donate five copies of “Dirty Gold” to five film screening attendees.

Registration is free and can be done online.

WJA Executive Director Jennifer Markas commented, “WJA Foundation is pleased to kick-off our Responsible Sourcing and Sustainability Education Fund with a private free screening of ‘River of Gold.’ 

“We are thrilled to partner with leading organizations, including Amazon Aid Foundation and Ethical Metalsmiths, to provide WJA members with access to educational materials, insights and resources on responsible sourcing practices. A portion of donations from this event will go directly toward funding education scholarships to advance best practices in our industry.”
Ashley Davisis the senior editor, fashion at National Jeweler, covering all things related to design, style and trends.

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