The Heart of Our Earth

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Today, LAB is proud to launch a crowdfunding campaign for a brand new and very important LAB project: The Heart of Our Earth: Community Resistance to Mining in Latin America. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrzkOOpKUO4 Why mining? And why now? Mining has expanded massively in Latin America in...

The Heart of Our Earth

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Across Latin America, mining has expanded massively in recent decades. Vast landscapes have been stripped to feed the factories of Europe, North America and Asia – and not only in traditional mining regions, but also in hitherto pristine areas in places like Argentine Patagonia, the Amazon Rainforest and the Guatemalan Highlands. But communities aren’t...

The Heart of Our Earth

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24 November 2020 Today LAB is launching a Crowdfunding appeal for £10,000 to enable us to continue our major new project The Heart of Our Earth - Community Resistance to Mining in Latin America. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrzkOOpKUO4 The project includes a printed book (to be published in 2022)...

Brazil: the Yanomami abandoned

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A new report highlights the escalating existential crisis among the 30,000 Indigenous people living in the Yanomami Territory, covering 9,664,975 hectares (37,317 square miles) in northern Brazil. Data shows that the Yanomami reserve is in the top ten areas now most prone to illegal deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.The report accuses Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazilian government of abandoning...
This is a condensed version of a longer article written in July 2020. It was edited for LAB by Emily Gregg. Indigenous territories in Latin America are critical areas where the COVID-19 has had a major impact on vulnerable communities. The Atacama people in Antofagasta, Chile, are one example of how these communities...
This is the first post in the new London Mining Network blog, a partnership initiative between LAB and LMN. It contains a roundup of Latin America-related content from London Mining Network’s newsletter, with additional material supplied by LAB, researched and written by Tom Gatehouse Main Stories
Chubut, Argentina. Communities engaged in a battle against mining giant Pan American Silver have their own local and national government to contend with as short-sighted politicians hail mining as the panacea for development shortfalls.
Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN) arrived in the Trombetas River basin in the 1970s with plans to mine bauxite on a gigantic scale. Today, MRN is the fourth largest producer of bauxite in the world, providing the valuable aluminum ore to nations and manufacturers around the planet.On arriving in the Amazon, MRN immediately annexed lands from the...
The Yanomami Park covers 37,000 square miles in the Brazilian Amazon on the Venezuelan border; it is inhabited by 27,000 Yanomami. Soaring gold prices have resulted in a massive ongoing invasion of the indigenous territory by gold miners who are well supported with monetary backing, heavy equipment and aircraft.On 3 July, a federal judge issued an emergency...
Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN), the world’s fourth largest bauxite producer, encroached on riverine communities beside the Trombetas River in the Brazilian Amazon in the 1970s. Over the years, MRN became notorious for its contamination of local waters with bauxite mining waste, residents say.To resolve that problem, the company built 26 tailings dams. The largest of these...

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