As a consumer of, well, anything, you are indirectly a part of the mining industry.

Mining makes our modern way of life possible: iron for steel, silicon for solar panels, copper for electric wires and lithium and cobalt for batteries just about everything – down to that smartphone you’re holding in your hand requires metals, which require mining.

Even industries like forestry and farming would not be possible without metals for tools, transportation, and production. As a matter of fact, the mining industry drives more than 45 percent¹ of our measured economic activity. Yep – it’s the world’s MVP that most people never give a second thought about. 

Traditionally, conversations about mining – as with the trending conversations for most industries these days – have been focussed on whether it is good or bad for the environment and communities. No matter which side of the moral fence you sit on, there’s no denying that the industry responsible for almost half of the world’s economic activity is crucial to our way of life. What’s more, there are no  potential replacements for metals so far. So, wouldn’t it then be more constructive to have a conversation about how we can do it better?

We thought so too.

That’s why we believe in promoting conversations around the exploration and mining sectors, with the goal to reintroduce mainstream society to thoughtful, constructive, and realistic discussions on the impact of this giant industry. How could our industry support local communities in a way that benefits everyone? How can we lower our impact on the environment? How can the metals we mine be used in new ways that promote a cleaner future?

Take a moment and look around you. Can you find one thing that came to be there without the use of metals? Plastics, paper, plants, phones; at one point or another, the things around you were impacted by our industry to make their way to you.

Join the conversation. Have you thought of the influence that the mining industry has in your life? Does this change any perceptions you have about our role in society? Have you participated in any conversations related to this topic in the past? Leave your comments below.

1. http://www.miningweekly.com/article/global-mining-drives-45-plus-of-world-gdp-cutifani-2012-07-04