Indigenous Peoples are facing a new wave of extractivism for transition minerals such as copper, nickel, cobalt and lithium, which are key in battery development. These projects are promoted as “green” because they aim to supply minerals used in renewable energy and electric vehicles. However, these mining projects risk replicating the same harms of the fossil fuel economy: threatening Indigenous Peoples’ rights and territories and destroying biodiverse ecosystems. We will discuss why Indigenous rights must be prioritized, share case studies of Indigenous communities’ leadership, and explore how Indigenous rights can be guaranteed through respecting Free, Prior and Informed Consent.
- 12 November 2022
- Room: Digital Room 1