Urge Congress to support responsible mining practices

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Looking up at a rocky mountain side

Background: Critical minerals are essential components of solar panels, wind turbines and electric batteries--all important in the transition to cleaner sources of energy. The mining for these minerals, however, can have enormous negative effects: polluted air, water and soil; the exploitation of workers; and the desecration of sacred indigenous sites.
Unless local communities are consulted in the process to approve mines, and unless permitting processes are strong, the rush to increase clean energy production could devastate communities in the U.S. and globally.

Faith reflection: We are entrusted with a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19). We can be climate peacemakers if we approach changemaking with an attitude of love, humility and listening, restoring right relationships as we restore God’s Earth.

Action: Urge Congress to support responsible mining practices

Read more about critical minerals at ClimateActionForPeace.com.

 

Photo above: Oak Flat in the Tonto National Forest of Arizona is at risk from a proposed copper mine. Photo courtesy of Lars Åkerson