Cost of Clean Energy: Mine for Victory

Season 2, Episode 1,   Aug 10, 2022, 06:00 AM

Reducing the world’s carbon footprint is no simple task, and while the need for a transition to renewable energy is urgent, the cost of extraction of transition minerals cannot be ignored. Human rights abuses are widespread in the growing extractives sector, alongside significant environmental damages. The first episode in our new series on the 'Cost of Clean Energy' tackles the social impacts associated with the transition minerals boom, with reports of abuse including child labour, modern slavery and violence. 

Our host Elizabeth Dykstra-McCarthy, a former member of the BHRRC Natural Resources team now consulting on climate action and environmental issues, is joined in this episode by:

  • Jessie Cato, Manager of the Natural Resources Programme at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Emmanuel Umpala Nkumba, Director of DRC-based non-profit Afrewatch  

For full details of the backing tracks and soundbites used in this episode, please see this reference document.