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What is Sustainability?

“Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.  Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations. Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.”

– The Environmental Protection Agency

 

Mining for raw materials is a necessary compromise that is made by almost all the nations of the world in order to ensure economic independence and create employment for their people. Mining does create jobs, but these are neither sustainable nor are they evolutionary. Some of these countries face difficult decisions that are good for their people but bad for their environment, their natural gifts.

In the past 25 years, work safety and employee health have become primary concerns for nations. Mines are dangerous, unpredictable and even the finest engineers have not been able to eliminate mining related deaths.