Wishing you all the best of the season!
Thank you for your engagement and support. This year, maybe more than ever before, it has made a huge difference, as we confront ever more aggressive tactics from the mining industry and its government enablers, in Canada and around the world. In the face of a global pandemic, on top of the multiple crises we were already facing – climate, biodiversity, inequality, racial justice, migration, and more…
It has indeed been quite a year.
Following initial onslaught of COVID-19, we worked with partner groups to publish a report, "Voices from the Ground: How the Global Mining Industry is Profiting from the COVID-19 Pandemic" on the way mining interests took advantage of it to push ahead with extraction, marginalizing community opposition and putting mineworkers and communities at grave risk. It's available in five languages!
Together with our US colleagues, Earthworks, we also published a report on mine waste dumps, "Safety First: Guidelines for Responsible Mine Tailings Management" that sets out guidelines for safety, respect for affected communities, and corporate accountability that must be incorporated into any tailings standards or regulations.
And following up on last year's big conference, Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?, we published the conference report and held a really interesting online roundtable on the complications and promises of the renewable energy transition in the context of a pandemic. We took great encouragement from being part of civil society's collective efforts to ensure that the pandemic does not set the stage for ever more vicious forms of financialized profiteering and extractivism, calling instead for a just recovery for all and proclaiming that we cannot return to a normal that was so divisive and deadly.