Impacts of Mining from the Perspective of Laudato Si
Since 2012 the religious in Rome have had a focused effort on MINING because we were hearing the cries of our brothers and sisters affected by mining do something. WE developed a survey distributed both by the JPIC Secretariat for religious men and women and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The analysis of the results said that we needed to have someone who would help to network—grassroots, religious, and ngo’s. Since 2013, this has been done, the fruits of this labor resulted in the Seminar of this year. Our purpose for this meeting is to share these connections and to hear what has been done in the Pan-Amazon countries. In this way we can determine how we can work together.
Statement of the Impact of Mining
“We, the participants of the Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) and Mining Seminar, representing 36 different catholic organizations and religious congregations from about 14 countries were gathered in Rome from 25 to 27 September 2019. As persons committed to JPIC, we came together in response to the ongoing crisis concerning the impact of mining activities on the environment and human rights and the role of church organizations.”