The mining industry is one of the most polluting, deadly, and destructive industries in the
world. Yet to date, mining company responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have received
little scrutiny compared to other industries seeking to profit from this crisis.
We, the undersigned organizations, condemn and reject the ways that the mining industry
and numerous governments are taking advantage of the pandemic to manufacture new
mining opportunities and establish a positive public image, now and for the future.
These actions pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of communities and
organizations that have been struggling to defend public health and their environments
against the destruction and devastation of mining extractivism for decades, as well as to the
safety of workers in the mining sector.
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