CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A Charlottesville nonprofit is joining the fight to save the Amazon Rainforest.

The primary goal of the Amazon Aid Foundation is promoting awareness and education about the many problems facing the rainforest through multimedia and film. The foundation's documentary River of Gold traces the destruction caused by illegal gold mining operations and deforestation in the Amazon.

"Small-scale illegal gold mining is a huge problem and it's the worst kind of deforestation in the Amazon because mercury is used to extract the gold," said Jana Gamble of the Amazon Aid Foundation. "Mercury is a neurotoxin, it can be found in the fish that we eat, and gold mining is the number one source of mercury pollution in the world."

The Amazon Aid Foundation also publishes a clean gold buyer's guide to encourage consumers to buy gold from reputable sources.