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Virtual round table: "Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?" by MiningWatch Canada

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Audio recording of the virtual round table: "Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?"

On November 17, 2020, one year after the international conference "Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?", we convened a report-back, update, and conversation with MiningWatch staff and special guests from around the world. Following a presentation of the conference report, a round table addressed three related themes:

  1. updates from extractive regions in the Americas, Africa, and Asia Pacific;
  2. reflections on how pressure is being/can be built to (a) reduce energy consumption and demand for minerals and metals, and (b) impose stricter conditions on extraction (FPIC/right to say 'no', no-go zones, safeguards etc.); and
  3. perspectives on how efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and build a Green Recovery/Green New Deal are working towards global equity and climate justice – or not.

You will hear:

  • Katie McKenna, The Leap (Toronto) – moderator
  • Monique Manatch, Knowledge Keeper, Algonquins of Barriere Lake
  • Jamie Kneen, MiningWatch Canada – presentation of the conference report
  • Anjali Appadurai, Sierra Club BC (Vancouver) – Climate justice and Green New Deals, Green Recovery and Just Recovery
  • Andrew Whitmore, Deep Sea Mining Campaign (London, UK) – Deep sea mining and the renewable energy transition
  • Ramón Balcázar, Observatorio Plurinacional de Salares Andinos (Chile) – Lithium extraction in Latin America, democracy, and climate justice
  • Trusha Reddy, WoMin (South Africa) – Climate justice from an African eco-feminist perspective
  • Ugo Lapointe, MiningWatch Canada – How to avoid undermining the energy transition in Quebec/BC/Canada