Europe faces a massive increase in mining in the years to come, as the EU and national governments seek to repatriate mining operations and secure domestic supplies of ‘critical’ minerals for renewable energy, industrial and military transitions.
Communities in Iberia, Scandinavia, Ireland and the Balkans are already feeling the pressure of mining expansion. Their efforts to defend lands, waters and beloved places from mining destruction are spreading across the continent.
In this volatile context, this webinar (Tuesday 29 September, 3pm GMT/UTC) will address two key questions:
· How are European communities already asserting their ‘Right to Say No’ from the grassroots?
· How can the Right to Say No be materially advanced in Europe, as a strategy to redress the imbalance of power between communities and corporations and states?
We will explore these questions with speakers from Finland, Romania and Italy who have extensive experience of struggle and success in asserting the Right to Say No. We will also discuss how European communities can stand in solidarity with allies resisting mining and advancing the Right to Say No in the Global South.
Tero Mustonen. Selkie, Finland. More info
Roxana Pencea Bradatan. Rosia Montana, Romania. More info
Francesco Pedala, NoTAP Campaign, Italy. More info
Richard Solly, London Mining Network, UK. More info
Presentations from each speaker will be followed by a facilitated Q&A session. Translation from English into Spanish and French will be available (see below for flyers in these languages). The webinar will be recorded, made available online and shared via social media using #RighttoSayNoEurope