Over the last two days the Yes to Life No to Mining movement has pulled together to ensure that the voices of African civil society cannot be ignored by the conference ‘Extractive Industries in Africa’ hosted by Chatham House in central London.
Yes to Life No to Mining founder and ally, Nnimmo Bassey hand delivered an open letter, signed by African civil society and global allies, to the conference organisers and delegates on Monday. Nnimmo, a Nigerian activist and Head of Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) was then joined by Sheila Berry a lifelong environmental justice activist from South Africa, to feature in a new podcast by The Guardian. The Podcast will be released in the coming days as part of The Guardian’s Keep it in the Ground campaign.
It’s been an encouraging few days for the Yes to Life No to Mining movement, which has shown how effectively it can work together to support one another and proved that the voices of those who are impacted upon by the extractives but left out of these discussions will not be kept down.
Here’s a look at the events in pictures:
Nnimmo Bassey and Sheila Berry have also co-authored a piece in The Ecologist. Read the article Let them eat carbon! The corporate plan to cook Africa in its own fossil fuels.