This November, nearly 2,000 mining company representatives, investors and financiers will meet at London’s Mines and Money Conference. Deals struck here – with the help of ‘thought leaders’ like Nigel Farage – will fuel projects around the planet that threaten life, land, water and frontline communities, while locking us into a path towards climate chaos.
As the extractive and finance sectors unite in London, so will those who oppose them – ‘thoughtful’ leaders resisting mining on the frontlines and showing the way to a life-sustaining future beyond extractivism.
In a week of creative action and resistance entitled Rise, Resist, Renew: Alternatives to Mines and Money, London Mining Network, War on Want and The Gaia Foundation will host community representatives from Womin (Uganda), the Kalikasan (Philippines) and Cosajuca (Colombia) who are resisting the operations of London-linked mining companies.
These representatives will share their stories of struggle, success and alternatives with the public, following the money to draw out the links between British cash, over-consumption and global mining destruction. They will also link up with UK-based activists to strengthen international solidarity.
We invite you to join us as we collectively contest, reimagine and reclaim a just future freed from the interests of mines and money.
Frontline Voices: Alternatives to Mining from the Global Majority
Saturday 25th November, 9am-5pm
Resource for London. 356 Holloway Road, N7 6PA
Frontline community representatives will share their stories, struggles and successes in this all-day convergence with creative workshops. A space to learn about mining issues for the first time and for activists to discuss experiences, ideas and strategies.
Protesting Mines and Money: Lunch with Farage!
Tuesday 28th November, 12 noon
Outside the Business Design Centre. 52 Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH
Lunchtime demo outside the Mines & Money Conference to coincide with a keynote address by Nigel Farage and Brexit financier Arron Banks. We’ll challenge far-right, xenophobic narratives and policies that will increase Britain’s complicity in mining destruction, forced migration and human rights abuses.
This will be followed by a “Toxic Tour” through the heart of London’s finance and mining district.
Mines and Money: The Toxic Tour
Starting outside Green Park Tube Station (Green Park exit), 2.30pm – 4pm
Take in the alternative city sights with us as we introduce you to the mining companies exploiting natural resources, violating human rights, displacing indigenous people and causing climate chaos around the world.
On our ‘Toxic Tour’ through the heart of London’s finance and mining district, we will visit companies such as Paradise Papers implicated Glencore, Rio Tinto, Vedanta and others.
Mourning Mines and Money: Gala Demonstration
Thursday 30th November, 7pm
Outside the Grand Sheraton Hotel. Park Lane, W1J 7BX
An evening demonstration coinciding with the Mines & Money Awards Gala Dinner. As investors and company reps celebrate their deals, we will mourn them whilst affirming our commitment to defend land, water and life.
Please put these dates in your diaries. We hope to see you there!
If your organisation, or you as an individual, wants to help with these events, or to put on others, please get in touch!