One woman’s victory against a mining giant in Peru

One woman’s victory against a mining giant in Peru

Originally published by New Internationalist on 27/05/16 Máxima Acuña has just won the Goldman Prize for her resistance against a gold mine – but why are women’s bodies on the frontlines of resistance to extractivism? asks Sian Cowman. Máxima Acuña, a farmer from Peru’s northern highlands, recently won the 2016...

Even the ‘Good’ Gold Mines Are Pretty Bad

Even the ‘Good’ Gold Mines Are Pretty Bad

Originally published by Vice on 24/04/16 Despite gold’s pristine reputation, extracting it can be messy business as I learned one sunny day in mid-April of last year. There in Long Canyon, on the edge of Nevada’s Ruby Mountains, ridgetops lay flattened, and hills ribboned with carved out steppes. Despite the...

Peruvian farmer wins 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for fighting world’s 2nd largest gold miner to a standstill

Peruvian farmer wins 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for fighting world’s 2nd largest gold miner to a standstill

Originally published by Earthworks on 18/04/16. Máxima Acuña de Chaupe wins prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize Peruvian farmer Máxima Acuña de Chaupe today won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her ongoing fight to protect her home and community from the Conga mine. The announcement came as Newmont (NYSE: NEM) removed...

Ibagué will be the first city in the world to take mining to public scrutiny

Ibagué will be the first city in the world to take mining to public scrutiny

Mariana Gomez Soto, YLNM Coordinator for Latin America. March 8th 2016. About a month ago, the city mayor requested a Popular Consultation, a type of referendum found in the Colombian Constitution as a democratic mechanism for people to participate in the decisions that affect their future. The current threats of...

To Mine or not to Mine, that is the Question – Referendum in Tolima, Colombia

To Mine or not to Mine, that is the Question – Referendum in Tolima, Colombia

Based on original post by Andy Higginbottom for Colombian Solidarity Campaign In an unprecedented move, Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo, the newly-elected mayor of Ibagué (Colombia), has presented the proposed question in order to hold local referendum on mining and related activities within the municipality to the city council, for their agreement as the next...

Wampis Establish First Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru

Wampis Establish First Autonomous Indigenous Government in Peru

Originally published by Indian Country on 24/01/16.   This will allow us to defend our forests from the threats of logging, mining, oil and gas and mega dams. The Wampis people of Peru recently created the nation’s first Autonomous Indigenous Government, which does not seek independence from Peru but intends...

Philippines: Indigenous Peoples Seeking Lepanto Mine Closure

Philippines: Indigenous Peoples Seeking Lepanto Mine Closure

Originally published by Sun-Star on 14/01/16. (Correction: the Indigenous group referred to in this article as Lumads are in fact Igorots, another Indigenous group.)   Mankayan Indigenous People’s Groups (lumads) are seeking the closure of a century old mining firm in their locality. The clamor of lumad groups in Barangay...

Villagers in Myanmar retake land from mining company

Villagers in Myanmar retake land from mining company

Originally published by Mizzima on 04/01/16 No land is left for our people […] so we came and retook our lands. About 300 local people and their supporters took back their land from Myanmar Sithu Gold Mining Company at Yayhtwet village, Chaunggyi village-tracts, Thapeikyin Township, Pyinoolwin district, Mandalay Region on...

Mongolia: Demonstrators stage sit in to demand an end to illegal mining

Mongolia: Demonstrators stage sit in to demand an end to illegal mining

On 21st December, members and supporters of Delhiin Mongol Nogoon Negdel (“DMNN”), a Mongolian environmental NGO, started a 3-day sit-in in front of the Victims’ Monument in Ulaanbaatar demanding the cancellation of an illegal gold extraction permit given to an Australian-Mongolian joint company. DMNN are also calling for Mining Minister Jigjid...

Gold mining boom threatening communities in Suriname

Gold mining boom threatening communities in Suriname

Originally published by Mongabay on 4/11/15.   High gold prices combined with lax land use regulations have led to an explosion in mining in Suriname. A recent report by the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) finds that gold mining in the small South American country grew by 893 percent between 2000 and...