Over two years since the WHO first declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic, communities around the world continue to face the intersecting and compounding effects of opens in a new windowextractivism and the virus.
The Coalition Against the Mining Pandemic, of which WoMin is a member, is proud to launch reports and a opens in a new windowwebsite platform which document these impacts and highlight how mining-affected communities continue to model a truly just recovery–from both the opens in a new windowmining and COVID-19 pandemics across the globe.
This important collaborative research shows how during the pandemic:
- The economic and political power asymmetries between opens in a new windowmining companies, governments, and mining-affected communities significantly
- States and governments used the opportunity to frame opens in a new windowmining as “essential”and necessary for post pandemic recovery and thus justify highly destructive practices.
- Frontline communitiesfaced serious new threats and to their safety and increased risks of violence, both from the virus and selectively implemented pandemic restrictions, militarization, and criminalisation.
- Communities around the world continue to mobilize in the defence of their lives and territories, developing new ways of working together to keep one another and the planet safe from harm.