Indigenous Communities in Chile Raise Concerns about Public Health Risks Posed by Mining Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 28, 2020 • Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello
A recently published report, Public Health Emergency in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Chile and its impact on the Rights of Original Peoples, co-produced by a number of Indigenous organizations and Chilean NGOs, covers the disproportionate and structurally-aggravated… More »

Workers at Industrial Copper-Cobalt Mining Companies in DRC at Risk During COVID19 crisis

July 28, 2020 • Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello
Last month, in the wake of serious reports of worker mistreatment in industrial copper-cobalt mines, ten Congolese and International NGOs alongside the Congolese affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union wrote a public letter addressing thirteen industrial copper and cobalt operators in… More »

Excerpt from “Public Health Emergency in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Chile and its impact on the Rights of Original Peoples”

July 20, 2020

Earthworks Supports the Black Lives Matter Movement

July 2, 2020 • Raquel Dominguez
Earthworks is committed to climate justice and environmental justice in order to improve the health, safety and well-being of all communities. Yet the cruel, inhumane treatment of Black and brown people in the U.S. today makes it extremely difficult to… More »

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Salinas Grandes, Argentina

Jujuy and Salta – Argentina Commercial lithium extraction in Argentina began in 1997. Today, there are several active operations, while dozens more are in various stages of exploration, development and construction throughout the Provinces of Jujuy, Salta and Catamarca. Four… More »

Lualaba and Haut-Katanga, DRC

Around 60% of global cobalt production is concentrated in two southern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Lualaba and Haut-Katanga, home to a number of industrial-scale copper-cobalt mines operated by a mix of state-owned, Chinese and multinational companies. Decades… More »

Atacama, Chile

The Atacama salt flat of northern Chile is home to the indigenous Lickanantay, who consider water and brine to be sacred and inextricable parts of their territory. The salty brine below the surface of the salt flat is an ancient… More »

Pandemic Profiteering: How Mining Companies Seek to Benefit from COVID-19

June 23, 2020 • Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello
In March, as much of the world was beginning to grapple with the new reality of COVID-19 and country after country entered into lockdown, a small coalition of organizations dedicated to supporting mining-impacted communities came together to track and monitor… More »