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.
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.
Griet Juwet and Marjolein Lyssens
THE IMPACT OF MORE THAN ONE CENTURY OF GOLD-MINING IN THE WEST RAND
Mining in the West Rand
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´*
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.