Report Highlights Environmental Concerns at McArthur River Mine

(by Boshra Yazahmeidi) A report released this week by the Mineral Policy Institute calls on the operator of the McArthur River Mine to halt operations until a public commission of inquiry has examined how the mine intends to ensure the safety of its operations, and at what financial cost. As one of the world’s largest zinc, … More Report Highlights Environmental Concerns at McArthur River Mine

Mining companies in Eritrea risk violating human rights

(by Kimberly Fraser) In May of this year, an Australian mining company, Danakali Ltd, submitted an application to Eritrea for a mining licence for its Colluli potash project. If their licence is approved, they will be entering an ethical minefield that has seen other international mining companies become mired in human rights problems. Pending approval, … More Mining companies in Eritrea risk violating human rights

Fossil Fuel Divestment – Where do Jesuit Institutions Fit In?

 (by Boshra Yazahmeidi ) In July this year, youth attending World Youth Day sent an open letter to Pope Francis urging him to ensure that the Vatican cuts ties with the fossil fuel industry. Only a month earlier, four Australian Catholic orders made the decision to divest fully from fossil fuels in response to the Pope’s … More Fossil Fuel Divestment – Where do Jesuit Institutions Fit In?

JCAP Sustainability Conference Turns Minds to Mining and Ecology Issues

Patxi Alvarez, Director of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat, highlighted the work of the Justice in Mining Network and other Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks at the recent conference on sustainability hosted by the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific at Sanata Dharma University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. “A Call to Dialogue on the Sustainability of Life … More JCAP Sustainability Conference Turns Minds to Mining and Ecology Issues

The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative – Australia’s Journey to Compliance

The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative – Australia’s Journey to Compliance (by Boshra Yazahmeidi) Australia is the latest country to seek candidacy for the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) – a voluntary mechanism that promotes transparency, accountability, and good governance in the extractive industry sector. In a nutshell, compliance with the EITI requires participating minerals and … More The Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative – Australia’s Journey to Compliance

Lack of access to justice for Bougainville

(by Kimberly Fraser)  In June of this year Rio Tinto cut its ties with Bougainville by divesting itself of its majority shareholding in Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL). The company split its shares between the Papua New Guinea Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government, ensuring that both parties now have an equal share of 36.4 per … More Lack of access to justice for Bougainville

Responsible consumption and production

(by Julie Edwards) Understanding the impact that our lifestyles have on the environment is key to bringing about behavioural change.  Waste, pollution and excessive consumption are all hurting the earth and its inhabitants, not just through climate change, but also by fuelling violence, mass displacement of people, degradation of land and unsustainable water practices. One … More Responsible consumption and production

Mining and environmental justice: The struggle for water, health, and human security in Honduras

What is the impact of extractive industries such as mining in Honduras? And how are people in poor rural communities responding? With the support of the US Jesuit Conference and the Jesuit Central-Southern Province, Saint Louis University and ERIC, the Reflection, Research and Communication Center in Honduras, partnered to investigate the social and environmental risks … More Mining and environmental justice: The struggle for water, health, and human security in Honduras

Potential Human Rights Case for World’s Largest Carbon Emitters

In an unprecedented action, a government body has accused 47 of the world’s largest cement, oil, coal, and mining companies of releasing greenhouse gases that have violated the human rights of millions of people in the Philippines. The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) has sent a 60-page document to the likes of … More Potential Human Rights Case for World’s Largest Carbon Emitters

Peru Struggling to Save Precious Land from Illegal Gold Mining

While our focus is often on the environmental damage caused by corporate mining, significant harm also results from illegal artisanal mining.  Unlike large-scale mining, which concentrates on areas with rich underground reserves, illegal miners move quickly across vast tracts of land.  According to a New York Times article, illegal miners “cut down broad swaths of jungle, sifting … More Peru Struggling to Save Precious Land from Illegal Gold Mining