The 22nd of July was the Global Day Against Mega Mining. This event was first brought to our attention by ALDEAH and the Denver Justice and Peace Committee, both of whom organised and took part in some of the events, protests and shows of solidarity.
Our part, as Yes to Life, No to Mining, was to hold protests, show solidarity and spread the message across various networks and social media platforms.
Below we have a gallery, showing some of the many achievements of the day and surrounding events.
If we’ve left anyone out, sorry! Please feel free to contact us and we’ll be sure to add you into the gallery. The more the merrier!
Watch a video of round table organised by ContraMINAcción in Lousame, Galiza on the impacts of mining in the area. The video is in Galizan/Portuguese and/or you can read more about the event HERE (easily translated via Google if you want!)
Members of The Philippine Task Force for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (TFIP) standing in solidarity with affected peoples and communities across the globe. They are fighting to repeal the 1995 Philippine Mining Act, which especially harms indigenous communities in the Philippines. You can sign their petition here.
The Denver Justice and Peace Committee held a protest outside the state capitol building against open-pit mining. They work in solidarity with the people of South America on a number of social causes. Go watch their talk/salon on Newmont’s Gold mining in Peru here.
Organised by the collective Stop Mines 23, a festival was held in Bord-Saint-Georges in Creuse. The festival was a celebration of the peoples and groups’ attachment to land and their rejection of the harm done by mining. Read more and sign their petition here.
The Mupo Foundation are standing in solidarity. They work to strengthen cultural and agricultural diversity and sovereignty in African communities. You can read more about their amazing work here.
The ‘Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo extractivo Minero’ or M4, stand in solidarity today against Mega Mining. They also wrote a piece on their website on the global and local harms of mining, which you can read here.
Members of the Gaia Foundation stand in solidarity. Note Fiona in the top left who works in Uruguay – read more about the impacts of mining in Uruguay here.
In Colombia, activists and environmentalists, including the Comité Ambiental en Defensa de la Vida, gathered to protest outside Anglo Gold Ashanti’s office. You can read a critical report of the La Colosa mine project here. Also, watch a video of the protest here.
The group ‘Red Latinoamericana de Mujeres en Defensa de los Derechos Sociales y Ambientales’ stand with some amazing posters for mega mining to leave El Salvador, Ecuador, Chile and other Latin American countries! Read about their work helping women in communities affecting by mining here.
Comambiental write two damning articles on the politics and ecology of Mega Mining in Argentina. Read the articles as well as more of their environmental journalism here.
The group El Frente de Mujeres Defensoras de la Pachamama, as part of Unión Latinoamericana de Mujeres (ULAM), provide a montage of their reasons for supporting the Day. Read their collective message and more about their work on there website here.
The Philippine environmental group Kalikasan PNE held a protest-dialogue outside a government building to reject multinational mining. Read about the protest and more of their work here.
The group ‘Environmental and Social Change’ (Esc) stand in solidarity. Read more about their work protecting the environment and communities in the UK, Romania, Europe and beyond here.
Grant, of the Earth Law Center stands proudly in solidarity – Read more about the ELC’s work here.