The climate risks that extractive industries face include the rise of extreme and unpredictable weather impacting upon mode of mining activities, mining sites and their surrounding communities and environments. This will not only affect profitability and labour conditions. For example floods can disrupt the tailing of mines sending excess polluted water into the storm drains, placing surrounding communities at significant risk of polluted water. In turn there’s a predicted scarcity of water and consequential negative impacts upon hydrological systems as they adapt to changing climatic conditions. The impact of potential infrastructure damage and energy stress due to climate change upon mining activities is another risk that has not been appropriately assessed by many companies and governments.
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Shannon, our International Programmes Officer, recently visited the south Indian state of Kerala to visit Lok Manch, a local initiative supported by Jesuit Missions which is working with the fishing communities along this southern coastline to bring about sustainable livelihoods.
Development and Peace, in partnership with Caritas Nepal, provided emergency assistance and shelter to disaster victims of two violent earthquakes in the Nepalese districts of Gorkha and Sindhupalchok.
Justice in Mining is a Global Ignatian Advocacy Network that works to protect human rights and the environment, and seeks to ensure mining only occurs where issues of equity and sustainability are addressed. Its new website, launched on 31 July 2016, Feast Day of Saint Ignatius, builds on its Facebook presence, and is part of a communications strategy to help build awareness of human rights and environmental issues relating to mining.
I am already in my 6th month in Jeju Prison after I was arrested by the Korean Coast Guard while monitoring the Gangjeong Sea environment with other peace activists. I am passing the time in my solidarity cell by praying, reading books, and writing letters. I have the chance to bump into other prisoners during our daily hour of exercise time. It’s somewhat busy time for me, as I get accustomed to this new apostolic work in prison. I gave thanks for prayers and support by the Jesuits and many people. I feel consoled that I’m not alone in prayer.
The human community is intimately and intrinsically connected with the whole of Creation. We cannot thrive, nor in many cases survive, outside of healthy and diverse ecosystems. Yet the marked realities of global warming, loss of biodiversity, and the contamination and depletion of water and soil resources make it ever more clear that the path we are on is self-destructive and unsustainable.