“Peru’s natural bounty should make it the envy of other nations. It has vast mineral resources in gold, silver, copper, zinc, lead, and iron, and extensive deposits of oil and natural gas lying under its surface,” Peru: In Focus, pg. 42.

The above picture on our flight from Lima to Cuzco shows the Andes Mountains, which are full of mineral resources. During our visit with students at the Pontificate Catholic University of Peru, in Lima, one student studying Social Management mentioned the rise of concerns with mining operations in the mountains and its impact on the health of local citizens in mining communities.

Leadership will be very important to find a delicate balance between creating wealth for the local economy, but doing what is safe for the local populations as well.