The Justice in Mining Network works to protect human rights and the environment, and seeks to ensure mining only occurs where issues of EQUITY and SUSTAINABILITY are addressed. The Network is guided by Catholic Social Teaching, Ignatian heritage and Jesuit justice tradition.
The Justice in Mining Network is one of four Global Ignatian Advocacy Networks set up by the Society of Jesus. These global advocacy networks were established following General Congregation 35 in 2008, when a new emphasis was placed on the reality that the Society of Jesus is ‘one body with a universal mission’.
The Jesuit community is divided geographically into six regions or Conferences. Representatives of each Jesuit Conference have been working together to consider how the Jesuit community can best contribute in advocating around extractive projects and their impact on local communities and the wider environment.
PROJECTS AND CAMPAIGNS-
The Core Group has developed an Action Plan which sets out the goals of the Network and identifies a number of initial projects. Some past and current advocacy projects include:-
Environmental Justice for Central America aims to raise awareness and build local capacity to undertake environmental health monitoring, community education, and effective advocacy in the Caribbean, especially Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. Read more about this project here: Mining and Environmental Justice in Honduras
The Conflict Minerals Project will continue focusing on advocacy and raising awareness on conflict minerals, as well as research and education regarding country-specific issues. Learn about the campaign in various languages here
The India Project will progress advocacy on behalf of communities in India affected by mining activities.
The EITI Project will work to progress the adoption of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative by each country where mining occurs. We will do this by monitoring country participation, supporting and resourcing the efforts of local advocates, and exploring opportunities for participation in key political and international fora. The Justice in Mining Network is a member of Publish What You Pay (PWYP).
There are plenty of sources of information on reducing your carbon footprint and minimising waste. Here are two to get you started:
Here is an example of how Georgetown University is encouraging sustainability on campus:
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