The devil hides in the details, but very often he also lies low in the lack of detail. This is the situation regarding the laws and guidance governing the mining sector in DRC, which are weak and ineffective from the point of view of human rights, environmental protection and the common good. Recognising that a robust domestic legal framework is essential to bring about a fairer and more transparent mining industry, Jesuits and their partners have been involved in proposals to reform DRC’s mining laws.
Archive for 1. Disaster Risk Reduction and Water
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.
“There are a large number of pits (from which the mercury is extracted), and there are the tailing ponds containing mining waste, all of which drains into the rivers. These are people who don’t have other options, they risk their health, their family genetics. There are many people involved, who have no alternative employment,” said Ruiz, the founder of the Sierra Gorda Ecological Group.
You may have missed it but Wednesday, the first day of August, marked Earth Overshoot Day for 2018. What exactly is Earth Overshoot Day? It is the day in any given year that the human community has used more from nature than Earth can renew in the entire year, as calculated by the Global Footprint Network.
In the process of the Synod of the Amazon it is important the presence of the different actors, also of the episcopate. From that perspective, this Monday, August 20, has begun the III Meeting of the Catholic Church in the Legal Amazon , which until the 23rd brings together in the Maromba de Manaos 55 bishops of the Brazilian Amazon region, representing the 56 dioceses and existing prelatures.
Water, ecosystems and human development is the theme of World Water Week 2018, an annual event organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) to tackle global water issues. From 26 to 31 August, world leaders, water experts, development professionals and business representatives gathered in Stockholm, Sweden and discussed the need for more nature-based solutions in a world where poor water management and stressed ecosystems are driving poverty and violent conflicts.