Campaign "Stop Mad Mining"

Numerous raw materials are an integral part of our modern life as we know it: Most consumer products are based on minerals and metals – be it computers, gadgets, cars or medical equipment. Minerals like gold or copper are used for their specific characteristics. Also, fossil fuels like coal are mined to satisfy our ever increasing demand for energy. Many of these resources come from countries of the global South like Colombia, Indonesia or South Africa, with huge impacts for local communities and the environment.
However, it is often the corporations who profit from this mining, to produce goods which are then sold to  satisfy the never ending appetite of European citizens. We need to ensure equity in the use of the Earth’s  resources, respecting the planetary boundaries while reducing local social and environmental conflicts linked to  extraction.

With our EU funded campaign “Stop Mad Mining” we aim at creating the link between (over-) consumption of raw materials in Europe on the one hand, and poverty, human right violations, and environmental destruction in resource rich developing countries on the other hand. Our goal is to initiate a Europe-wide debate about sustainable development within the framework of the European Year of Development 2015. 13 organisations, 12 Europeans and one Salvadorian, are carrying out this campaign over the length of three years from 2015 -2017 and we will work together on sensitizing and mobilising citizens, politicians and companies around the dramatic impact of our consumption patterns on the dwindling, non-renewable resources globally, and how this in turn is impacting the life of people affected by the extraction of raw materials and climate change.

Zur internationalen Webseite der Kampagne Stop Mad Mining

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