MAC/20: Mines and Communities

Mines and Communities Website celebrates 20 years

Published by MAC on 2021-05-18
Source: MAC

A two decades long standing data base of 14,000 categorised articles.

The following anniversary note is being sent to GreenNet (MAC internet service provider), past funders, past Managing Committee members, past editors, media contacts, partner organisations, networks, friends, colleagues and relatives.

"So grateful to you all for keeping this foundation of our network alive at all times. And congrats. Look forward to the news and website", said Bhanu Kalluri from the Dhaatri Resource Centre for women and children's rights in India.

MAC looks ahead to be a more resilient, accessible knowledge resource. We therefore invite readers to propose additional content, and warmly welcome suggestions as to how we can improve our site in any way.

Thanks for your support and happy readings!

Español: Minas y Comunidades cumple 20 años

Mines and Communities Website celebrates 20 years of free, trusted information

Minesandcommunities.org

17 May 2021

The Mines and Communities Website (MAC) seeks to expose the social, economic, and environmental impacts of mining, particularly as they affect Indigenous and land-based peoples. Global in scope, the site was set up in May 2001 by organisations and individuals who met in London to demand greater accountability and transparency on the part of the minerals' industry.

This anniversary commemorates our two decades commitment to respond directly to the needs of mining-affected communities (including workers organisations) and ensure that these reach wider audiences.

"Let's just keep doing what we're good at and for which we are widely recognised: posting piece after piece on the same theme, until the sheer weight of it threatens to stifle the throats of investors and cause them massive industry-wide coronaries, while Juukan becomes a by-word for brigandage and bungling on an unprecedented scale", said Roger Moody, MAC Features Editor and senior researcher. His latest essay "All the world's at C" is available for download in PDF format.

MAC is a two decades long standing data base of some 14,000 articles about 1856 mining companies with operations in 171 countries concerning 82 minerals and metals. We provide communities, NGOs, activists, the media - and the general public - with information about many aspects of global mining and its impacts. Some 10% of the total articles posted are in Spanish language.

All content on the site is monitored by an Editorial Board, women and men who are pledged to work on behalf of numerous mining-affected communities around the world. Articles are for free and without advertisements: we could not have survived without the support of several charitable organisations.
 
"So grateful to you all for keeping this foundation of our network alive at all times. And congrats. Look forward to the news and website", said Bhanu Kalluri from the Dhaatri Resource Centre for women and children's rights in India.
 
As a transnational collective, comprising Indigenous activists, civil society organisations acting in solidarity with them, academic researchers, trustworthy analysts, industry observers, journalists and others, MAC evolved from several NGOs and then proceeded to link with other global alliances.
 
As we try to instrumentalise our future communally-shared existence on earth, MAC looks ahead to be a more resilient, accessible knowledge resource. Digital platforms like MAC became critical during the pandemic, while the industry took advantage of it to renew the extractivism public image. MAC created a new section looking at mining and Covid-19 (91 articles), including mine workers sanitary issues and the general lowering of environmental standards coupled with lockdown measures.
 
Known as the Wikipedia of mining activism, MAC is truly diverse: the most referenced countries are India (1769 articles), United States (1664), Canada (1281), The Philippines (1254) and Peru (860); the most referenced companies are Rio Tinto (1784), BHP Billiton (1114), Vedanta (789), Barrick Gold (701) and Anglo American (699); and the most referenced minerals/metals are Gold (4319), Copper (2902), Coal (2548), Iron & Steel (1682) and Uranium (954).
 
Announcements of "net-zero" mines and projects are proliferating and we will track them on a new Decarbonisation theme. When MAC dedicated a special area of our website to China, little was known outside the country about its mineral-related policies or who implemented them. The Money Page aims to deepen awareness of banks and insurance companies' backgrounds and how they operate, along with a data base of hundreds of funders and companies.

The people who contribute to MAC also acknowledge that, due to limited capacity, important issues may still not receive the attention they deserve.
 
Contacts:
 
-- Roger Moody partizans@gn.apc.org
 
-- Andy Whitmore whit@gn.apc.org
 
-- Luis Manuel Claps +1 347 721-6177 latam@minesandcommunities.org

 

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