BY MARYANN CUSIMANO LOVE
For our youngest daughter’s birthday, our family built a sandpit.
Digging for treasure is one of the kids’ favourite games. Whether they are playing pirates or prospectors, the kids love digging up shiny rocks and other “jewels.”
As parents, we set the rules for the sandpit: no hurting or hitting, no busting up the nearby plants or wellhead; all must be allowed to play and share the treasure.
Digging for treasure is no game for many around the world. In too many places natural resources are a curse, not a blessing, fuelling and financing conflict, corrupting business and government and poisoning the environment.
Without good governance, prospectors become pirates, stealing treasure. The people nearest the mines and oilfields suffer.
Sandbox Ethics (Maryanne Cusimano Love / America)