The global COVID-19 pandemic should have been a wake-up call to the vital importance of public and community health care, clean water, and a healthy environment. However, during this period, mining, one of the most toxic and destructive industries, gained a leg up.

Calls for economic reactivation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, in tandem with rising mineral and metal demand for the energy transition to mitigate climate change, have given renewed vigor to corporations and governments eager to expand mining frontiers everywhere — especially across the Global South.

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Jen Moore is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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