A just future based on a lower demand for mining and on respect for human rights and ecological justice (including the rights of nature) where mining does take place.
We undertake research and action for human rights and environmental justice in partnership with communities resisting, or affected by, the operations of London-based or London-financed mining companies around the world. We aim to tackle impunity and hold the mining industry to account, end unethical corporate practice, and to create an alternative narrative which respects the diverse cultures and cosmologies of the people with whom we work.
Frontline voices: Our work is led by the needs and concerns of the people affected by or potentially affected by the activities of mining companies. We work to strengthen their capacity to amplify their voices and to place their needs and concerns centre stage.
Solidarity: We are committed to facilitating the development and strengthening of networks of solidarity with and between people whose land, cultures, livelihoods, health and wellbeing, workplace and other rights are threatened by the activities of mining companies.
Collaboration and teamwork: We work collaboratively as part of a formal network and also as part of several dynamic and changing informal networks of NGOs, community organisations, voluntary groups, concerned individuals, and others.
Environmental Stewardship and Just Transition: We understand that we are part of nature and that we must live within the ecological limits of our planet. We seek to promote a just transition to a sustainable and fair post-extractivist society that ensures that future generations will benefit, not suffer, from the practices of our generation.
Personal and planet: We encourage everyone involved with LMN to consider their well-being and support each other, and to consider the well-being of the planet and others with whom we share it.
Respectful: We value the opinions, expertise and diversity that people bring to LMN, and treat each other with respect, dignity and common courtesy regardless of background, culture, lifestyle or position.
Empowerment: We encourage everyone involved with LMN, whether they be workers, consultants, volunteers, supporters or representatives of communities with whom we are working, to share ideas, gain skills and knowledge and to involve themselves in our decision-making processes and to feel they are part of making change happen.
Honesty and transparency: We are accountable at all levels of our work, to ensure that we are effective in our actions and open in our communications with others. We regularly evaluate our activities and welcome dialogue and constructive criticism.
With these values, we have supported communities to say ‘no’ to mining projects, hold companies accountable and we coordinate a network of mining justice organisations, playing an integral role in extractives campaigning.
LMN believes that the people who should have the decisive voice with regard to mining projects are the people most directly impacted by them – yet their voices are often ignored. One of our most important tasks, therefore, is to ensure that the voices of communities resisting mining, communities seeking justice from companies for the consequences of existing projects, communities developing alternatives to mining, and mining workers in dispute with companies, are heard by the boards, shareholders, investors and insurers of the companies and by members of the public in Britain.
We seek to promote and share communities’ ways of understanding the world and support their development models.