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Beyond Mining Series

By Blockade IMARC
Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism
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Podcast 7b - "Australia" - Sovereignty, Cultural Heritage, and Extractivism
Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
1:40:09
January 10, 2021
Podcast 18 - Capitalism 101
Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
1:33:28
January 10, 2021
Podcast 10b - Africa, Melanesia & "Aus": Extractivism 101
This session talks to Extractivism from different perspectives including Africa, Melanesia and so-called Australia MODERATOR Nat Lowrey is an activist who has organised, campaigned and advocated on human rights and global justice issues for over 20 years with a focus on exposing extractivist industries and their impacts. PANELISTS Richard Spoor is a South African activist and human rights attorney based in White River Mpumalanga who has more than 25 years of experience in complex litigation. A pioneer throughout the past 20 years in the fight for workers’ rights and safety, Spoor has become what The American Lawyer called the “bête noir” of the South Africa Mining Industry because of his unwavering commitment to holding mining companies accountable for their alleged ill-treatment of workers, who are some of the country’s most underprivileged citizens. Ron Guy is the Convenor for Vic Australian Western Sahara Association he will discuss the activism and campaigns that have tried to protect the sovereignty of Indigenous Western Saharans and their ongoing struggle for self-determination. Duncan Gabi and Vernon Gawi are university students in Papua New Guinea who volunteer with Project Sepik. Project Sepik leads the Save the Sepik campaign which is fighting to protect the Sepik River from the Frieda River Mine, a Cines-owned and Australian registered company who is proposing to build one of the biggest copper-gold mines in the world, Duncan and Vernon will speak to their resistance and to the broader movement in promoting Melanesian resource governance for the sustainability of their Lands, Rivers and Oceans as an alternative to extractivism and development aggression. Porobibi is a West Papuan human rights activist with a deeply rooted connection and understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, being & doing, which greatly informs his work.  His involvement in advocacy work mobilises community, intersecting between community development and community organising. Porobibi’s role as the Creative Director at the United Struggle Project has allowed for Indigenous voices to be amplified within creative spaces through The Change theatre and many different creative projects. Additionally, his work has involved organising and campaigning on the frontline with anti-war organisation Wage Peace. He has also been involved and assisting the direct action which occurred during Blockade IMARC in 2019. He strongly values the notion of decolonisation and integrating Indigenous knowledge into his organising and honours his motherland of West Papua through his work. Tim Buchanan is a Wiradjuri activist & artist with the Australian Student Environment Network
1:34:27
January 1, 2021
Podcast 17 - Discussion: Building Power From Below
Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
1:40:31
December 27, 2020
Podcast 16 - Discussion - Alternatives & Visioning for Our Futures
ALTERNATIVES & VISIONING: FOR OUR FUTURES For the last online session of the Blockade IMARC Beyond Mining counter conference, we will hear visions for a better future and have space to dream and discuss each of our visions. Speakers: Professor Yin Paradies – Wakaya man and expert in cultural competency and Indigenous knowledges. Marianna – a Latin American feminist perspective of alternatives to extractivism (pre-record) Dandara – Landless Workers Movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, MST Brasil Dani (they/them) – Izquierda Guevarista of Chile, working with the Chilean popular movement. Ron Guy – Convenor for Vic Australian Western Sahara Association … Many more to be announced! --- Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
2:49:53
December 27, 2020
Podcast 15 - Grassroots Community Resistance & How To Get Involved
Hear from some of the incredible grassroots community protectors that are putting themselves in the way of coal mines, gold mines, logging and more. Our presenters will tell some stories of their resistance so you can get ideas for your own projects and learn how to get involved. PANELISTS Amy – Frontline Action on Coal Frontline Action on Coal (FLAC) is a movement, made up of people like you from across the continent, who aim to end the unnecessary extraction of fossil fuels while bringing about climate justice and creating meaningful change in the world. Using collective power to highlight injustices and disrupt the status quo, we are on the frontlines, transforming the way we relate to each other and the world. Phaedra Press – No Wombat Gold No Wombat Gold are the community of the Wombat State Forest concerned about a renewal of gold mining in the area. Exploratory drilling began in June 2020 near Blackwood without any community consultation. We are in a water catchment at the source of the Werribee and Lerderderg rivers with endangered species. It is also a popular tourist area. A protest four days later got media and helped drive that company out of the forest for further test drilling. We suspect it was shareholder posturing as other attempts to mine gold in the wider forest have been thwarted by an inability to get a water permit. But another company plans to start exploratory drilling for small scale mining next year. They assure us their style of mining is environmentally sound with no inconvenience to residents. We shall see. As it is unlikely we can stop the exploratory licence drilling, we are getting ready to fight any mining licence application. Lynn Benn – Knitting Nannas The Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG) peacefully and productively protest against the destruction of our land and water. KNAG draws on a broad history of knitting used as a tool for non-violent political activism. Dr Lisa Searle – Forest blockader in Lutruwita/Tasmania. Alana Mountain – Forest Conservation Victoria Forest Conservation Victoria is a grassroots group that are taking a stand against the destructive logging that is happening all over Victoria. We practice non-violent direct action to campaign for permanent protection of forests and wildlife. Alice Hardinge – Protect Warburton Ranges Protect Warburton Ranges is a local community action group protecting the future of our Warburton Ranges. We take a stand against all native forest logging in the Central Highlands and across Victoria.
1:12:25
December 27, 2020
Podcast 14 - Discussion: Rights Of Nature
This session will explore the Rights of Nature through the milestone cases of Ecuador and the movement for Rights of Nature in Australian and internationally. Moderator: Neylan Aykut, Melbourne Rainforest Action Group (MRAG) Speakers: Carlos Zorilla, co-founder and vice president of DECOIN (Defensa y Conservacion Ecologica de Intag/Ecological Defense and Conservation of Intag) – a grassroots organization in the Intag region of Ecuador. Liz Downes, Rainforest Information Centre Dr Michelle Maloney is Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA), Adjunct Senior Fellow, Law Futures Centre, Griffith University; and Director of the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) and Future Dreaming Australia. She advocates for systems change, in order to shift industrialised societies from a human-centred, to an Earth-centred governance system. ------ Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
1:16:55
December 27, 2020
Podcast 13 - Policing 101 - Why Police Are Not Our Friends
POLICING 101: WHY POLICE ARE NOT OUR FRIENDS Facilitated panel discussion and Q&A to explore the violent history and structure of police and the prison industrial complex in so-called Australia. Important discussion about how police and prisons uphold settler colonialism, capitalism, patriarchy and other systems of oppression and how this relates to our organising and movements for environmental and climate justice. CO-FACILITATORS: Peta Malins – Settler on Unceded Land, Senior Lecturer, Criminology and Justice Studies RMIT University Marian Hart – settler, organiser, Latin American Solidarity Network, Australian Student Environment Network PANELLISTS Meriki Onus – Gunnai and Gunditjmara organiser and co-founder Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance Tim Buchanan – Wiradjuri activist & artist, Australian Student Environment Network Anne-lise Ah-fat – settler, organiser and co-founder Undercurrent Community Education Project, Transformative Justice Network, IRL Infoshop, IRL Prisoner Letter-Writing group More TBC FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1096165880816413 [-o-] This event has been organised on the land of the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung and Wadawurrung people and is taking place on the stolen and occupied lands of First Nations peoples across the continent. Sovereignty has never been ceded. --- Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
1:26:22
December 27, 2020
Podcast 12 - Decolonizing Environmentalism & Solidarity
This panel discussion aims to consider how environmental campaigners can decolonise our minds when addressing colonialism, extractivism and environmental destruction. At the panel discussion, we will unpack how decolonising requires non-indigenous activists to critically examine our power structures, our governance, our social values and our ways of thinking, and identify assumptions that are fundamentally colonialist so that we can weed them out, making us more receptive to listening to and cantering the voices of First Nations Peoples both here in Australia and around the world. MODERATOR: Apsara Sabaratnam teaches in the areas of Organisation Behaviour and Managing Diversity at University. She is the Secretary of Multicultural Greens Victoria, a member of Stand Together Against Racism and one of the organisers of Blockade IMARC.  Apsara is an intersectional feminist and a climate activist who has worked in the community as a tireless and fearless advocate for environmental and social justice causes. She believes movements for change can only occur when we build coalitions between unions, migrant communities and climate and social justice groups. PANELISTS Jessie Ferrari (They/Them) is a proud Trans and Queer Yorta Yorta person, living on sovereign and stolen Wurundjeri land. They are an ecologist and activist, who does research around Indigenous (particularly Koorie) scientific knowledge and how it can be used to care for country and help to decolonize science Lungol Wekina is a writer, performer, podcaster, and activist living on stolen Bedegal land. His portfolio includes poetry, prose, podcasts, short stories, and essays. Wekina’s work centres his indigenous, Black, and queer identities and is primarily about decolonisation, social justice, and environmental protection. You can typically find him at [redacted]. He is also an Aries. Ruchira Talukdar is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Technology Sydney. Her PhD thesis compares coal conflicts and protest movements in India and Australia. Ruchira has worked within the environmental movement in India, with Greenpeace, and Australia, with Greenpeace and the Australian Conservation Foundation. She is a regular contributor to environmental politics at New Matilda and Newsclick (in India). ---------- Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
1:50:15
December 27, 2020
Podcast 11 - Latin America - Extractavism Part 1 & 2
EXTRACTIVISM IS NOT DEVELOPMENT! The first part of this panel will explore the political and historical context of extractivism, discussing the consequences of this capitalist framework that allows mining exploitation on our planet, visiting the realities of Latin American and their relationship with the world. 10:30 am – 11:30 am Political and historical context Speakers: -MST-Brazil (Landless rural-peasants workers movement) the largest social movement in Latin America, more than a million members) -Critical Studies Institute from Chile (The neoliberalism started in Chile and will die in Chile) In the second part we will look at campaigns from different parts of Latin America, from grassroots organisations and First Nations people on the front line of resistance and struggles. Those who are fighting & denouncing extractivist neoliberal policies, in this case, currently implemented by mining corporations. 11:45-1:30pm – Campaigns – struggles and resistances -Colombia Wayuu people from Guajira Colombia-Venezuela -Peru (CNPIP), -Ecuador (CONAIE- ECUARUNARI)
2:38:09
December 27, 2020
Podcast 10a - Latin America: Extractivism 101
Mining is a form of Extractivism which exploits natural resources on a massive scale. It is a short-sighted model of development pushed by states, institutions and corporations around the globe. With the massive appropriation of extracted natural resources comes violence that tramples Indigenous and human rights, and natures right to life, This session talks to Extractivism from a Latin American perspective. There will be a Q&A session at the end MODERATOR Marisol Salinas, Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET) PANELISTS Marianna, a Latin American feminist perspective of extractivism (pre-record) Landless Workers Movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, MST (TBC) Naira Chalan, Vice-Convenor of ECUARUNARI (with translator) ----- Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
1:33:28
December 27, 2020
Podcast 9 - Global - Building Bridges To Stop Extractivism
Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
1:33:11
December 27, 2020
Podcast 8 - "Australia" - Maralinga to Mulga Rock//The Spinifex Story
Join the ACE Nuclear-Free Collective for Maralinga to Mulga Rock – The Spinifex Story. A pre-recorded webinar panel of Traditional Owners from the Mulga Rock area. Listen to the story of the Spinifex people and the displacement from nuclear weapons testing at Maralinga in South Australia. As well as the current threats from the proposed uranium mine at Mulga Rock, WA. This event is part of the Beyond Mining / Blockade IMARC counter conference, and in solidarity with Traditional Owners from Mulga Rock. Also, solidarity with their supporters who will be protesting the Vimy Resources AGM when this session is being held Maralinga to Mulga Rock – The Spinifex Story Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/996239134217098/ PROTEST VIMY RESOURCES AGM https://www.facebook.com/events/787066761859638/ --- Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
46:52
December 27, 2020
Podcast 7a - so called "Australia" - Protecting Country from Gas & Fracking
PROTECTING COUNTRY FROM GAS & FRACKING IN SO-CALLED AUSTRALIA With the Federal Government proposing a “gas-led” recovery after COVID 19 and the approval of Santos’ Narrabri coal seam gas field, gas extraction and fracking is an ominous thrfield in the midst of climate crisis, gas extraction and fracking is an ominous threat to land, water and life in 2020. With the Australian Federal Government proposing a “gas-led” recovery after COVID 19 and the approval of Santos’ Narrabri coal seam gas But sovereignty has never been ceded by the First Nations people whose country and living culture new gas development threatens to destroy. Join First Nations custodians from across the continent (so-called NSW, NT & WA) in conversation about their resistance to gas and fracking on their country. Make sure National Day of Action Against Gas to be held across so-called Australia. PANELISTS Gomeroi/Gamilaraay custodian Nathan Leslie will speak about protecting country, culture, and the Pilliga forest from Santo’s Narrabri coal seam gas project (NSW). Larrakia elder Aunty June Mills will talk about gas and fracking threats across the Northern Territory including the Beetaloo Basin (NT). Yawuru custodian Micklo Corpus will talk about his stand to against Buru Energy and ongoing threats to the Canning Basin and the Kimberley (WA).
1:42:15
December 27, 2020
Podcast 6 - Philippines: Stories from the Frontlines
There is a culture of impunity in the Philipines with at least 43 deaths in 2019  of land defenders, mining is the deadliest sector. Even under COVID-19 extrajudicial killings and other forms of human rights violations have persisted. Join frontline community and activist from the Philippines as they talk to the broader context of mining and extractivism in the Philippines and to specific cases. PANELISTS Enteng Bautista is the national coordinator of Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment (Kalikasan PNE) since 2003. Kalikasan is a network of people’s organizations (POs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and environmental advocates. It aims to address environmental issues but in such a way that primacy is given to the people—especially in the grassroots level—who constitute the overwhelming majority of the population. All environmental causes shall thus have the people’s interest at their core. Lulu Gimenez, Cordillera Peoples Alliance: Anti-mining struggles in the Cordillera Marifel Macalanda, Punganay (Cagayan Valley Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance): Didipio people’s struggle against OceanaGold --- Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
1:30:56
December 27, 2020
Podcast 5 - Sri Lanka: Mining, Environmental Degradation & Broader Social Implications
Sri Lanka Is a resource-rich country that has been exploited over the centuries in the name of economic development. This has led to considerable resource depletion, large scale political corruption, rent-seeking and inequitable distribution of proceeds from this resource wealth. The panel will discuss the true extent of environmental degradation in this island state and explore alternatives that are sustainable and environmentally sound. MODERATOR: Keith James is a Melbourne based Property Lawyer who frequently advises small scale Developers in transactions. He is an alumni of Monash University Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Laws. In his University days, Keith was a member of the Monash University Debating Team and represented the University at the World Championships held at the Hague, Netherlands. Further, he was the Director of People and Culture at the Impetus Consulting Group, a not for profit consulting group focused on assisting Charities and Social Enterprises with their management processes. PANELISTS Hemantha Withanage is the founder and the Executive Director of Sri Lanka based Centre for Environmental Justice. Before he founded CEJ he was the Executive Director and the Senior Environmental Scientist of the Environmental Foundation Ltd in Sri Lanka. He is currently the International Convenor of the NGO Forum on ADB, which is a network monitoring ADB and the AIIB policies and Projects. He was an Executive Committee member of the Friends of the Earth International from 2010-2018, the largest grassroots environmental justice movement. Hemantha has 30 year’s experience in environmental advocacy and environmental litigation. Thilak Kariyawasam is the Chairman and Executive Director of the Sri Lanka Nature Group (SLNG). SLNG is the network of 32 different organizations and companies. Which is the Advocacy and policy lobbying group, all ways concerning environment and development. He is also an environmental activist and right based activist, who serves all ways with ground-level issues. In 2020 he became the Asian Focal person of Civil Society Platform of Development Effectiveness (CPDE) He is also part of AID watch Groups like NGO Forum on ADB and Reality Aid of Asia. Jeremy Liyanage is the Executive Director of Bridging Lanka, a non-governmental organisation undertaking development work in Sri Lanka. Previously he has worked in senior public policy and program positions in local government in Australian.  His primary focus has been to influence the institutional mindset for increased social and economic inclusion especially for those marginalised by current arrangements. Jeremy has worked as a secondary school teacher,, community development worker, a consultant for the Anglican Church and a lecturer in the tertiary education sector. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Semiotics), Diploma of Fine Arts (Etching), Grad Dip Education and a Masters of Social Welfare Administration and Social Planning. Dr Ravindra G Kariyawasam is the National Coordinator for the Center for Environment and Nature StudiesCenter for Environment and Nature Studies a volunteer-run organization that doesn’t take money from anyone. The purpose of the organization is to sustain the environment through cooperation and community effort. This network includes youths, farmers, and people from different communities; and an ashram where people can practice yoga and share knowledge. It’s a supportive and inclusive environment that’s open to all people, without fear of discrimination.
1:41:19
December 27, 2020
Podcast 4: Bougainville - Rio Tinto's Pangua Mine & Community Resistance
Rio Tinto’s Panguna mine poisoned land and water in Bougainville from 1972 until the late 80s. The mine was the catalyst for a civil war that saw an estimated 20,000 people killed between 1988 and 1997. Rio Tinto and the Australian and Papua New Guinean (PNG) government were complicit in the civil war. Today, the autonomous region of Bougainville is fighting for full independence from PNG. However, mining companies including Australian linked RTG are trying to reopen the Panguna mine. Join us as we talk with newly appointed Bougainvillean parliamentarian, Theonila Matbob. She will talk to the importance of protecting her people and the environment from Panguna’s ongoing impacts on human health and the land. MODERATOR: Kim Croxford PANELISTS Theonila Matbob, a Bougainvillian politician and Cabinet Minister contested the seat of Ioro in the 2020 Bougainvillian General Election. She beat 15 men to win the seat. Growing up through the civil war she is one of a group of Boungainvillean villagers who filed an OECD complaint against Rio Tinto over environmental degradation caused by the Panguna mine. We’ll also hear from Keren Adams from the Human Rights Law Centre about the impacts of Australian linked companies in Bougainville. Bougainville communities file human rights complaint against Rio Tinto for impacts of mine waste pollution REPORT: After the mine: living with Rio Tinto’s deadly legacy, by Human Rights Resource Centre ----- Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
1:14:43
December 27, 2020
Podcast 3 - India: Extractivism & Indigenous Rights
In the postcolonial context of India’s extractives-driven growth, mining on Indigenous lands and the violation of constitutional provisions for Indigenous consent are justified on the grounds of economic growth. This is seen as critical for the national interest of a newly sovereign nation. Indigenous and environmental conflicts over land, livelihoods and forests have significantly increased since the globalisation of the Indian economy since the mid-1990s. This panel session will question: What are the ways forward for protecting indigenous land and forest rights? What are the challenges and opportunities for transforming the extractives industry in India for sustainability and human rights? MODERATOR: Ruchira Talukdar is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Technology Sydney. Her PhD thesis compares coal conflicts and protest movements in India and Australia. Ruchira has worked within the environment movement in India, with Greenpeace, and Australia, with Greenpeace and the Australian Conservation Foundation. She is a regular contributor to environmental politics at New Matilda and Newsclick (in India). PANELISTS Priya Pillai, Senior Researcher at Asar, New Delhi, India. Priya has worked on environmental and social justice issues for 20 years. She works closely with grassroots movements and non-governmental organisations that focus on climate and energy, the right to food, gender equality, and forest rights. She has worked with Greenpeace, the Right to Food campaign, ActionAid, and Oxfam. She is proud of her role in securing forest rights for the people of Mahan in the state of Madhya Pradesh. She is doing a PhD on the socio-ecological impact of large- scale renewable energy from the University of Technology Sydney. Sreedhar Ramamurthi, co-founder of Environics Trust, New Delhi, India. R.Sreedhar is a Geologist from University of Roorkee (1979) now IIT Roorkee. He worked with mainstream exploration organisations, Atomic Minerals Division, Department of Atomic Energy and later with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. In 1985 he moved out to begin working with communities on environmental and alternate technology issues, establishing the Environmental Systems Branch of Development Alternatives, New Delhi. He has been actively involved in institutional and network development, research, implementation of alternate technologies and providing techno-legal support for Human Rights and Environmental Litigations. Over the past three decades, he co-founded and nurtured several groups and institutions broadly addressing issues of community development – TARU (‘91) – a leading Development Research group, the Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (’94) – among the oldest network on Climate Change in India, the BCIL (‘95)– country’s biggest green building company, mines minerals and PEOPLE (’99) – the largest alliance of mining affected communities, Environics Trust (’03) the EIA Resource and Response Center (’08) and the Mojolab Foundation (2012). Environics Trust’s regions of focus also include the Godda region of Jharkhand, India, where Adani’s thermal power plant that will burn coal from the Carmichael mine has resulted in the dispossession of lands and livelihoods of indigenous communities.
1:29:00
December 27, 2020
Podcast 2 - Extractavism: What Does It Look Like Around The Globe
MODERATOR: Saruul Tovuusuren is a lawyer who is also the founder and chair of the Board of Representatives of Eco Culture Foundation and Universal Rights and Development NGO. Saruul is a policy researcher and legislator who is interested in strengthening the rights of people and the environment and has been a long-term environmental campaigner in her home country of Mongolia. PANELISTS Sukhgerel Dugersuren is the Chair of OT Watch, an NGO formed to monitor compliance of Rio Tinto’s copper-gold-silver mine in Mongolia and other mines with international environmental and human rights standards. She is also active in engaging with the MDBs on human rights and development issues, assisting local communities demand remedy for violations of rights through their grievance mechanisms (IAMs). As part of her human rights work, she engages with the UN mechanisms, international and national level advocacy, including work on a law draft for the protection of HRDs/WHRDs in Mongolia. Piter Medda Pagawak is a West Papuan activist based in Melbourne who came to Australia as a refugee nine years ago due to his political activism in his home country. In Australia he is involved in the Free West Papua campaign for a free and independent West Papua.  This campaign aims to draw global attention to the brutal military occupation of his home country by the Indoneisan government and to highlight the ongoing genocide of its peoples. Ayesha is a second generation Kashmiri living in Australia who is a human and womens rights activist. Manal Younus is an Australian based freelance storyteller from Eritrea who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Using her writing and performance, Manal explores different aspects of life from perseverance, identity, travel and truth. She speaks on a vast number of issues including youth leadership, gender and female empowerment, faith, blackness, culture, language, migration, displacement, racism and interculturalism. Porobibi is a West Papuan human rights activist with a deeply rooted connection and understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing, being & doing, which greatly informs his work.  His involvement in advocacy work mobilises community, intersecting between community development and community organising. Porobibi’s role as the Creative Director at the United Struggle Project has allowed for Indigenous voices to be amplified within creative spaces through The Change theatre and many different creative projects. Additionally, his work has involved organising and campaigning on the frontline with anti-war organisation Wage Peace. He has also been involved and assisting the direct action which occurred during Blockade IMARC in 2019. He strongly values the notion of decolonisation and integrating Indigenous knowledge into his organising and honours his motherland of West Papua through his work.
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December 27, 2020
Podcast 1 - Acknowledgements & Introductions to the Beyond Mining Counter Conference
Beyond Mining - Protecting land, water & life. This podcast series was recorded from a number of talks, panel discussion & workshops held between the 22nd-29th November 2020 at the Beyond Mining Counter Conference. This counter conference was organised by Blockade IMARC. Blockade IMARC is made up of an alliance of organisations that have been protesting the International Mining & Resources Conference held annually in so-called Melbourne, Australia on unceded Wurunjeri & Boon Wurrung country. Content Topics: First Nations' Sovereignty, Capitalism, Colonialism, Extractivism, Activism For more information, please check out blockadeimarc.com For contact, please email us at community(at)blockadeimarc.com And follow us on facebook here
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December 27, 2020