Schlagwort: gold

Where is the European Juicy Media?

European elections are coming up and we’d like to have Juicy Media reminding us of the last parliamentary term as they did for the Australian government: 2019 Election

We discovered Juicy Media just a couple of month ago and it turned directly into our favourite news programme. Keep in mind we spent most of the time hidden away on a small island with fluctuating internet access, so there is even more reasons to appreciate sporadic news delivered to your phone instead of every evening misery.

Apparently Juicy Media started 2009 with rap adds (glad we missed out on that period) and is broadcasting from Australia. An entertaining way to get to learn or be reminded of some political and corporate activities in parts of the world that hardly make the regular evening news – anywhere in the world for that matter. There are also few adds from other governments incorporated for example this one after Trump’s election and one from the European Union regarding the Internet Censorship Bill which has been a little bit postponed, but utlimately passed through the European Parliament in March and the European Council in April.

All clips of “Honest government ad” have been interesting, there are also some from the US government and are labelled „#GenuineSatire”, however there are some certain areas which get us especially agitated: Big business backed by politics for the exploitation on cost of local people and their livelihoods as well as wildlife and nature.

Just subscribe to their youtube channel (and whilst you at it ours please too please) to get your semi-regular doses of juicy governmental disgust.

Alternatively we present you the best off environmental disasters (in the making),. Pick and choose or just get carried away:

Gold and copper mining in West Papua

Oil and gas in Timor Leste

Offshore oil and gas drilling in the Great Australian Bight

Dakota Excess Line (piepline) in USA

Fracking in Australia

Deforestation in Australia

Adani Coal Mine in Australia

Protest against the Adani Coal Mine is organised in the growing movement #stopadani, but also 350 (NGO fighting to end the use of fossil fuels and building a climate movement with chapters worldwide) is running a long-term campaign. Here the latest press release from 350 Australia (3rd May 2019): Adani mine proposal fails again.

To end on a positive note: get involved!

Update on seabed mining

Journey into the unknown

For self-awareness and personal development highly recommendable, for exploiting the ocean maybe not so much.

Even though the deep-sea floor is „the most abundant habitat type on Earth. And we know almost nothing about it.“ Conservation International is pointing out the environmental threats of this new underwater hype.

As Deep-sea mining is becoming technically available claims have been made: „Since 2001, the ISA has granted 26 of these contracts covering more than 1 million square kilometers [386,000 square miles] of seabed. Eighteen of them were granted in the last four years“ (Opportunity, calamity in the balance amid plans to mine the deep sea by Molly Bergen). Dr. Jack Kittinger, director of Conservation International’s Hawai‘i program, wants the International Seabed Authority to „establish regional networks of no-mining marine protected areas (MPAs) in all the places where they are licensing mining contracts — and we are urging them to do this before mining starts.“

Deep sea mining targeted by activists at London conference - London Mining Network
Deep-sea mining protest (London Mining Network – http://londonminingnetwork.org/2013/07/deep-sea-mining-targeted-by-activists-at-london-conference/)

A very honarable goal (details in Science), though we have to admit that we are not expecting companies to share Dr. Jack Kittinger’s understanding of MPAs as „a win-win for both the planet and the reputation of the countries and companies involved in mining.“

The first deep-sea mining Solwara 1, which aims to mine the Bismark seabed for high grade copper and gold, in Papua New Guinea by Nautilus Minerals, a Canadian company, stays highly controversial. Papua New Guineans are far from happy about the project and are calling for it to ban experimental deep sea mining while the company is downplaying the risks.