Mining Your Own Business: Ignorance is Not a Solution

Lara Engst

Abstract


Is water more precious than gold; environment more valuable than mercury; human life more imperative than copper? If the answer is yes, then why have our waters been polluted, our environment destroyed, and lives lost at the expense of mining? This paper explores some of the consequences of mining and governmental inaction, such as the violation of human rights and environmental destruction, while looking at actions undertaken by Indigenous peoples and anthropologists.



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