Trying to go green? You need mining
Posted by Cheryl Rutledge on 4/22/2013 10:53:40 AM
A recent article in the Vancouver Sun illustrates the near impossibility of making greener decisions – like biking to work – without mining. In fact, the author, Stephen Hume, encourages you to say thank you to the coal miners, hard rock miners, geologists, smelter crew, truckers, and drill rig roughnecks for this privilege.
Don’t mind walking? Well you still need the mining industry for electronics, sewerage, cars, air travel, trains, cell phones, solar power, hydro, agriculture, and shipping just to name a few things. So much of our modern economy depends on the mining industry and to wean us off mining would require us to change our lives - not to mention food, transport, work, art and entertainment - radically.
Fortunately, a more realistic approach is pointed out by both the author (and the mining industry itself). That is to appreciate just how much we rely on this industry and seek out ways to mitigate the environmental, social and aesthetic impacts of mining.
Hume, S. (2013). Mining makes your life possible. Vancouver Sun.
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/bc2035/Mining+makes+your+life+possible/8262849/story.html?fb_action_ids=274229129379213&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%22274229129379213%22%3A187469154737895%7D&action_type_map=%7B%22274229129379213%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D, as of April 19, 2013.