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Our Earth, Our Future: To mine or to mind?


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International conference on mining and other extractive industries.

"Quarrying, peat extraction and mining have been a feature of our landscape for years. In recent times however, extractive activities are not only increasing rapidly but there is an emerging interest from major global corporations.

A number of new major mining licences have been issued around the Irish border targeting rare and precious metals and there is a high proportion of illegal mines dotted in every county. The fossil fuel industry has also recently tried to set up here, threatening our forests and our water supply. Looking globally, the sourcing of feed from other countries for our rapidly developing intensive farming industry has impacts on many other special places such as the Amazon rainforest – the ‘lungs of our planet’.

Much of the industry here is poorly regulated - retrospective planning is common and enforcement is weak. Stories of environmental injustice are persistent and increasing. We have the biggest illegal dump on these islands in an unregulated former quarry, situated beside a river where Derry/Londonderry gets most of its drinking water. Lough Neagh has the largest unlawful mine in a Special Protection Area in the whole of Europe."

Find out more, book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/our-earth-our-future-to-mine-or-to-mind-tickets-44186824983

Our programme of events will explore the economic and social impacts of these industries and environmental regulation will be a common theme. Also to be considered are alternatives to extractive projects, such as eco-tourism, sustainable agriculture and working towards a circular economy.

The main conference with international speakers will take place on Saturday 14th April 2018 in the Greenvale Hotel, Cookstown, with other events taking place over the week. The conference will be of special interest to politicians, decision makers, communities and NGOs.

Speakers include:

Hannibal Rhoades, the Gaia Foundation

Kiran Pereira, SandStories.org

Karina Flores, Platform for Social and Popular Movements, Mesa Ciudadana de Indignación, Honduras

Maria Schery, ContraMINAcción, Galicia

Anca Giurgiu, Environmental and Social Change

Leida Rijnhout, Friends of the Earth Europe

Quintin Oliver, TCI Engagement

James Orr, Friends of the Earth NI

Dean Blackwood, River Faughan Anglers Ltd.

Vincent Lusby, Stop the Limavady Pig Farm

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Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!

For more information on this and other events taking place that week please contact lynda.sullivan@foe.co.uk.