In the transition to the so-called green economy, 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. Indigenous rights must be prioritized and be guaranteed through respecting Free, Prior, and Informed Consent.
We spoke to Gunn-Britt Retter of the Saami Council.
Producer: Shaldon Ferris (Khoisan)
Interviewee : Gunn-Britt Retter (Saami)
Music: "LIBRES Y VIVAS by MARE ADVETENCIA, used with permission.
"Burn your village to the ground", by The Halluci Nation, used with permission.