Climate Risks for Mining

The nexus between climate justice and mining is not only about emissions. While the extractive industries significantly contribute to climate change via emissions and greenhouse gas, little attention has been on the risks climate change pose for existing and future mining activities and sites. In an article in “The Extractive Industries and Society”, Scott D. … More Climate Risks for Mining

Jesuit Curia Joins ‘Flights For Forests’ Initiative

If you have ever calculated your carbon footprint, you will have noticed that the footprint size jumps considerably when you include air travel. A round-trip flight from Europe to the United States, for example, generates about three tonnes of carbon dioxide per person. In total, the average European generates approximately ten tonnes of carbon dioxide … More Jesuit Curia Joins ‘Flights For Forests’ Initiative

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

By Fernando Serrano, Ph.D., Saint Louis University; Pedro Landa, ERIC Honduras Orlando Posadas, ERIC Honduras Mercy Ayala, ERIC Honduras; Gustavo Cardoza, ERIC 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 … More Mining and environmental justice: The struggle for water, health, and human security in Honduras

Grassroots Campaign Challenges Adani Project in Australia

Adani Group’s plans for a massive coalmine and rail connection in Queensland’s Galilee Basin are looking increasingly shaky, thanks to a fierce grassroots campaign opposing the project. The Carmichael Coal Mine was first proposed in 2010 by the Indian conglomerate, headed by billionaire Gautam Adani. With a projected lifetime of 60 years and estimated total … More Grassroots Campaign Challenges Adani Project in Australia

From perverse resignation to re-signing to action, a message from Pope Francis to COP 23 leaders and delegates

By Xavier Jeyaraj SJ (This article first appeared at http://www.ecojesuit.com) On 16 November, Pope Francis sent an official message to the delegates of COP23 gathered in Bonn,  Germany.  He warned world leaders of destructive climate change, reiterating what he powerfully stated in his encyclical Laudato Si’, not to fall victims of “four perverse attitudes” that can … More From perverse resignation to re-signing to action, a message from Pope Francis to COP 23 leaders and delegates

Human, humble and holy: A reflection on the Ecojesuit event in Bonn

By Pedro Landa and Alicia Aleman Arrastio Gratitude is what comes first out of our hearts when we think of our experience in the city of Bonn. We went there as representatives of the core group of the Justice in Mining Network, invited by our sister network Ecojesuit. The place and the event were impeccable, … More Human, humble and holy: A reflection on the Ecojesuit event in Bonn

Power Dynamics in the Extractives Sector

by Alicia Aleman Arrastio and Ferdinand Muhigirwa SJ In the extractive sector, there is always a power dynamics between the following different stakeholders: multinational companies, businesses and investors, local authorities, workers and their representatives, international supply chains with their various intermediaries, and consumers of goods. Furthermore, these powers need to be considered in the context … More Power Dynamics in the Extractives Sector

Trump and the Extractive Industries

By Guillermo Otano, Conflict-Free Technology Campaign, ALBOAN Foundation The extractive industries have traditionally been one of the least transparent sectors in today’s globalized economy, already opaque for the average person. Extractive industries include businesses and operations engaged in “the exploration, extraction, sale, processing and other significant activities relating to oil, natural gas or minerals”. Many … More Trump and the Extractive Industries

“Desinversión” una inusual alianza entre el clima y las finanzas

By Alicia Aleman Arrastio Hace menos de un mes que se publicaba en la página web de Justice in Mining una noticia sobre la desinversión: los jesuitas australianos habían tomado la decisión de desinvertir en combustibles fósiles. Lo anunciaba el superior de la provincia de Australia, el jesuita Brian F. McCoy SJ, quien comenzaba el … More “Desinversión” una inusual alianza entre el clima y las finanzas