Running or changing the Red Queen’s race – a review of Ugo Bardi’s ‘Extracted’ - By Griet Juwet

In his book ‘Extracted – how the quest for mineral wealth is plundering the planet’ (2014), Ugo Bardi looks at the depletion process of mineral resources. He gives an overview of how the earth’s valuable resources were formed in a delicate process that took billions of years. He also looks at the history of mining and the close relation between resources and society, showing how important empires in the course of human history have always depended on wealth created by the extraction of relatively cheap minerals.


The assault of corporations on rural Romania: Our events to raise awareness.

There are stunningly many similarities of mining in Romania and other places. Therefore CATAPA volunteers joined international activist gatherings in Romania earlier this year, and recently a demonstration in Brussels bringing the message “No cyanide mining and no fracking!” from the Romanian people to parliamentarians in Brussels. The event was spearheaded by activist Alexandru Popescu who set a sign by walking 3000km to claim his rights as a European citizen.  EU legislation and resource strategies that favour new extraction directly impact on all member states.


What to do when we run out of gold? Re-claiming the post-mining landscape – a vision for the West Rand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Griet Juwet and Marjolein Lyssens

 

THE IMPACT OF MORE THAN ONE CENTURY OF GOLD-MINING IN THE WEST RAND

Mining in the West Rand


Pronouncement of the People's Summit (Cumbre de los Pueblos Cajamarca). Celendín, October 25th 2014

On October 25th 2014, urban, rural, peasant and indigenous community members, leaders, activists and authorities from different parts of Peru gathered in Celendín, Cajamarca region, and agreed upon a powerful pronouncement with important claims and announcements the Peruvian state and the international community, and particularly to the COP20 Climate Summit and the alternative People's Summit in Lima.

 

WE WORK TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM, DEFEND OUR TERRITORIES, LIFE AND MOTHER EARTH, AND CONSTRUCT ´BUEN VIVIR´*


Romania: The Certej mining project began illegally, without construction permits

October 16th, Cluj Napoca/ Romania – Deva Gold, a subsidiary of the murky Canadian mining company Eldorado Gold, illegally started construction works for the development of the cyanide based Certej mine, despite not having acquired any of the relevant permits from the appropriate institutions. Thus the process of cyanide leaching in Romania is on its way.


Stop the gold rush!

Hey, big spender! China’s first gold vending machine – it dispenses coins and ba

Richard Swift argues that our appetite for the shiny metal is both pointless and dangerous.


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