Webinar: Going Beyond Extractivism in Europe. 27th March.

Join us for the second of YLNM’s free ‘Life After Mining’ webinar series. This will focus on the emergence of people-led resistance and alternatives to mining in Europe, as well as how to transform the EU policies driving extractivism in the Global South.
  • Date: Wednesday 27th March
  • Time: 3pm Central European Time (CET) / 2pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
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This webinar will be in English. It will be recorded and made publicly available.

Going Beyond Extractivism in Europe and beyond

Around the world, communities, nature and the climate are being devastated by large scale extraction of minerals and metals. This is increasingly true in Europe itself, whilst the growing European appetite for minerals is perpetuating the expansion of destructive mining across the Global South.

Responses to Europe’s role as a driver of extractivism have so far largely been limited to discussions about the circular economy and resource efficiency. But as the world’s energy and industrial systems shift towards more mineral-intensive technologies, a more systemic re-think of our economic, cultural and political relations with nature is required.

If we are to avoid expanding the inequalities and destruction caused by mining in the name of the ‘green economy’, post-extractivism must become a centrepiece of our thinking and our movements.

But what examples post-extractive inspiration already exists in Europe? Might these be considered pieces of a larger puzzle we can use to imagine a post-extractive world? How can Europe shift the focus of its policies to support the emergence of such a world?

In this webinar we will hear from European communities in Finland and Galicia who have successfully stopped or are resisting mining projects in Europe, and who are developing community-led ways to restore ecosystems and communities to health in the wake of mining.

We will also hear from activist-academics from Spain and the Netherlands who will tell us more about post-extractivism, the EUs extractivist policies and existing movements for change, like Degrowth.

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Facilitator: Hannibal Rhoades, YLNM Regional Coordinator for Northern Europe


Tero Mustonen, Snowchange Cooperative and Head of Selkie Village, Finland

A passionate defender of traditional worldview and cosmology of his people,Tero is a Finn and head of the village of Selkie in North Karelia, Finland. Tero works for the award-winning YLNM member organisation the Snowchange Cooperative, which is a non-profit organisation based in Finland with members across the Arctic, including the communities of Eastern Sámi, Chukchi, Yukaghir, Sakha, Evenk, Even, Inuit, Inuvialuit, Gwitchin and many more. Mustonen is well-known scholar of Arctic biodiversity, climate change and indigenous issues, including mining. He is currently deeply involved in projects bringing together traditional ecological knowledge and science to restore ecosystems damaged by extractive activities.


Leida Rijnhout, Leap Frog 2 Sustainable Development, Netherlands.

Leida is an activist-academic who has an extensive background in cultural anthropology, in international development cooperation (with a focus on Bolivia) and especially in system change and sustainability issues. Leida was the Program Coordinator for Resource Justice and Sustainability at Friends of the Earth Europe, helping to develop the concept of ‘Resource Sufficiency’ and has been deeply involved in advances in thinking around circular economy and resource Justice. She was actively involved in the development of the Environmental Justice Atlas (www.ejatlas.org) and is currently working as a consultant. For more information visit: www.leapfrog2SD.org Rijnhout, Netherlands


Daniel MacMillan Voskoboynik, activist-academic and author of The Memory We Could Be, Spain.

Daniel is a journalist and activist. His work has been published in Pacific Standard, Open Democracy and New Internationalist and he is the author of recently published book The Memory We Could Be. Daniel is the co-founder and co-editor of The World at 1C, a communications initiative designed to humanise the ecological crisis and clarify its causes. Daniel has conducted in-depth research in the so-called ‘Lithium triangle’ in Latin America, examining the impacts of extracting the mineral, largely used in batteries for electronics and electric vehicles, on indigenous communities and ecosystems.  


Joám Pím Evans, member of the Froxán commoning community and ContraMINAccíon, Galicia.

Joám is an activist, academic and commons farmer from the small Galician community of Froxán. Joám’s studies in Journalism, Anthropology and Politics led him to work for Global peace with the Centre of Global Non-killing where he now serves as Director. Joám became involved in mining activism when plans emerged to re-open the San Finx Tungsten mine in Froxán. Community members have taken active steps to repair damages from historic mining operations through reforestation of native species and the designation of the area as Europe’s second Indigenous and Community Conserved Area. Joám and his community are part of Galician regional anti-extractives network ContraMINAccíon, a YLNM member organisation.


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