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NGO letter to World Bank regarding mining and renewable energy

Author: EarthWorks & MiningWatch Canada, Published on: 3 May 2019

The undersigned organizations support a just and rapid transition away from fossil fuels and... as new renewable energy infrastructure ramps up, we are concerned about the impacts of extracting minerals like copper, nickel, lithium and cobalt on communities, workers and ecosystems.  We have a timely opportunity to scale up our dependence on clean, renewable energy sources, while scaling back our dependence on dirty mining. Doing so will require a concerted commitment from businesses, financial institutions, and governments to... Boost Recycling and Minimize Toxicity...2) ensure Responsible Mineral Sourcing.... [and] Shift Consumption and Transportation... We share the World Bank’s concern that “significant challenges will likely emerge if the climate-driven clean energy transition is not managed responsibly and sustainably.” Yet we are also 2 concerned that the World Bank’s new “Climate-Smart Mining” Facility is seeking to promote new mining before promoting these other important solutions that must precede it. We urge the World Bank Group to prioritize recycling, efficiency, circular economy, public transit, and other non-mining solutions as the primary components of its “Climate-Smart” agenda... We urge you to ensure that the World Bank helps to build climate change solutions that puts communities, workers and the environment first.

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