The mining industry accounts for over 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Its processes leave behind severe environmental degradation, contaminated water beds and loss of plant and animal life. The world is in dire need of change. Mining companies are being forced to look for greener alternatives by watching their carbon footprint, switching to renewable energy sources and more.
In January of 2019, the tailing dam of Vale's Corrego do Feijao mine collapsed, causing the death of over 270 people. The surrounding land and water remain contaminated to this day, as the ecosystem pays a hefty toll for the thoughtless actions of the Brazilian miner.
Mining is one of the world's oldest industries, thriving on the growth of our cities and populations. It provides the foundation for our livelihoods from our buildings to our mobile devices. A stable source of income for millions, however, this money-oriented industry’s activities have caused significant harm to our environment over the years.