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Protecting the Planet & Peoples: Is responsible sourcing of minerals for renewable energy possible?

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What core conditions, policies, laws and international instruments need to be implemented to ensure the protection of peoples and the environment affected by the extraction and life cycle of metals?

How can human rights and Indigenous rights—including the rights to sovereignty, self-determination, and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC)—be upheld? How should "no-go zones" for mining to protect ecologically, socially and culturally sensitive areas be identified and enforced? How can intergenerational impacts from toxic mine waste disasters and contamination be prevented? What are the roles of supply chain controls such as laws, voluntary standards and certification initiatives? What about Indigenous laws, policies and Indigenous-led initiatives? 

On November 15 at 9:20 AM EDT, IISD's Clare Church will speak on a panel, Protecting the Planet & Peoples: Is responsible sourcing of minerals for renewable energy possible? She will be focusing on what fuels conflict in the transition to a low-carbon economy. 

This panel session is part of a two-day conference hub organized by Mining Watch Canada, Turning Down the Heat: Can We Mine Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis? More information and registration details can be found here

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