We’ve joined 180+ communities, organisations and academics to call on on the EU to abandon its plans to expand dirty mining as part of the EU Green Deal.
Plans to drastically increase mining in Europe and in the global South are bad news for the climate, ecosystems and human rights around the world.
Whatever the mining industry and the EU do to greenwash mining activities, the truth remains that mining is an industry predicated on harming people and planet.
We must urgently and rapidly transition our energy, transport and economic systems to renewables, but rely on expanding mining to meet the material needs of the renewable transition will replicate the injustices, destruction and dangerous assumptions that have caused climate breakdown in the first place.
In other words, we can’t solve our problems with the same thinking that created them in the first place. Instead:
Together, in solidarity with allies in the North and South, we call for:
- The Right to Say No for all communities facing extractive projects and respect for Indigenous Peoples’ right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent
- The EU to set, legislate for and meet binding targets to reduce its overconsumption of materials, in line with planetary boundaries and its global fair share
- Just de-growth strategies, not ‘green growth’ or ‘decoupling’, to be placed at the heart of EU climate action
- An end to EU subsidies to mining and undemocratic industry alliances