Posts Categorized: Extractive Industries

10th Annual March to Save Oak Flat

February 15-18, 2024 The Apache Stronghold organizes a run/march every February to gather community, neighbors, and allies in prayerful action to support the protection of the sacred lands of Oak Flat and beyond. Oak Flat is at risk of destruction by Resolution Copper, a United States subsidiary of the Australian mining companies BHP and Rio… Read more »

Advocacy: Save Oak Flat and Support a Just Energy Transition

  Chíchʼil Bił Dagoteel or Oak Flat in English, is a sacred site for the San Carlos Apache and is under threat of destruction by Resolution Copper, a United States subsidiary of the Australian mining companies BHP and Rio Tinto. Resolution Copper plans to use block cave mining techniques, which will cause Oak Flat to… Read more »

Abandoned Mining Pits Pose Risks to Families in Cameroon

The Joining Hands network in Cameroon RELUFA has produced a short documentary on the issue of abandoned mining pits in Eastern Cameroon. RELUFA is working to ensure that the mining code is being enforced and that mining companies are following through on their contractual obligations to safely close mining operations and reclaim lands that have… Read more »

U.S. trade policy threatens sovereignty, climate, and health

U.S. must ban investor-state dispute provisions in trade and investment agreements By Eileen Schuhmann | Presbyterian Hunger Program Staff Back in November, more than 200 labor, environment and other civil society organizations urged President Biden to “pursue an effective path to exit Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) by the U.S. and our partners in existing bilateral… Read more »

Standing with Atahualpa

Addressing the Roots of the Climate Crisis By Jed Koball | Joining Hands Catalyst for Extractive industries, Human Rights, and the Environment Get gold, humanely if possible, but at all costs get gold! – King Ferdinand of Spain, 1511 First, they came for the gold. In 1532, Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish conquistador, stood face to face… Read more »

Peruvian policies fail to prioritize issue of heavy metals contamination

Advances and challenges in the struggle for comprehensive care for exposed communities By Milushka Rojas Mezarino | Coordinator of the Red Uniendo Manos Peru *This article is an abridged version, the original version published in Spanish can be found on the Red Uniendo Manos Peru’s blog Peru is characterized as a country that is purely… Read more »

The Pitfalls of Mining in Cameroon

By Josephine Maidjane, Guy Le Brun and Jaff Bamenjo | RELUFA, Cameroon The East Region of Cameroon has attracted local artisanal miners for decades in search of gold and diamonds, working with rudimentary tools. And since 2016, semi-mechanized mining companies, primarily from Asia and South Africa have started to flock to the zone. Semi-mechanized mining… Read more »

RELUFA publishes report on diamond mining sites in Cameroon

The Republic of Cameroon is a participant of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The Kimberley Process is meant to increase transparency and oversight in the diamond industry, as well as eliminate conflict diamonds. RELUFA, the Joining Hands network in Cameroon, is a member of the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition (KPCSC). The KPCSC observes the… Read more »

Strengthening the Kin-dom in Perú

By Milushka Rojas | Coordinator, Red Uniendo Manos Perú Perú is a country blessed by its natural riches in which we continue to learn to value cultural, geographic, economic, and political diversity. I remember my parents were always questioning and reflecting on the problems of Perú. In 2000, when our country was experiencing the end… Read more »

Major Victory Against Mining Toxins in Peru

By Jed Koball | Mission Co-worker, Peru Inside the government palace, sitting at the opposite end of the conference table from Prime Minister Mirtha Vasquez, Yolanda Zurita, representing communities affected by toxic metal poisoning in Peru, posed the question, ‘Why not ease our suffering by implementing our dream – a comprehensive and integrated health care… Read more »