BHP reps flee after community members oppose closed-door meeting

December 12, 2019By MRAGUncategorized

RAINFOREST ACTION GROUP MEDIA RELEASE 13 DECEMBER 2019 A closed-door meeting held to recruit employees from the Cazarpamba community in Imbabura ended unexpectedly for BHP representatives who fled in embarrassment after community members decried the company’s presence in a region which overwhelmingly voted to reject mining at a parish assembly on the 23rd November. It … Read More

BHP’s hopes for copper blighted by community resistance

November 25, 2019By MRAGUncategorized

RAINFOREST ACTION GROUP MEDIA RELEASE 26 NOVEMBER 2019 A community assembly in Intag on the 23rd November – an area BHP touts as being its Ecuador stronghold – ended with the almost unanimous rejection of mining in the area. The meeting was held only the day before rumours surfaced that BHP would be increasing their … Read More

BHP AGM 7 November 2019

November 17, 2019By MRAGUncategorized

BHP held their 2019 AGM in Sydney on November 7. A small, peaceful protest was held outside by climate groups wanting to draw public focus to the debate around BHP leaving the Minerals Council. Two Rainforest Action Group members flew to Sydney from Hobart and Melbourne to ask questions as proxy shareholders. The Rainforest Action … Read More

Investor risk alert for Cascabel

November 11, 2019By MRAGUncategorized

“This border is out of control… its inhabitants are left to their fate.” Colonel Mario Pazmiño, the country’s former director of military intelligence. The Guardian, 24 October 2018 The location of SolGold’s Cascabel concession is an investor’s nightmare. Cascabel is located in close proximity to the Colombian/Ecuadorian border, an area where Australia’s Department of Foreign … Read More

Protestors acting as human smoke alarms

November 6, 2019By MRAGUncategorized

Protesters at international mining conference acting as human smoke alarms 6 November 2019 The aftermath of a week of blockades against the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) continues to reverberate, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison now threatening to outlaw future boycotts against mining businesses. “Given mining extraction and refinement generates 20% of global emissions, … Read More

Protesters at International Mining Conference

November 1, 2019By MRAGUncategorized

A week of blockades against the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) continued yesterday (Tuesday) at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, where more than 500 anti-mining protestors attempted to shut down the conference. Boon Wurrung Elder Carolyn Briggs welcomed protestors onto her country, and encouraged all to be respectful of the land they walked … Read More

SolGold AGM 20 September

October 12, 2019By MRAGUncategorized

MRAG gathered testimonials from Indigenous and campesino communities in Ecuador who claim that SolGold are exploring illegally on protected forests or indigenous lands, and have falsified authorisations. They say that SolGold has “no social license, have done almost no socialisation, and have done no consultation whatsoever”. We also believe SolGold has not been transparent with … Read More

Australian solidarity blockade at BHP

October 11, 2019By MRAGUncategorized

200 protestors at the head office at BHP today blocked entries to doors this morning amid demands for BHP to take greater accountability of its mining operations globally. The protest comes as Ecuador goes into a state of emergency with hundreds injured and at least 5 killed in one of the most serious uprisings Ecuador … Read More

Australian mining companies complicit in unrest

October 8, 2019By MRAGUncategorized

Australian mining companies complicit in escalation of unrest in Ecuador October 8, 2019 The Rainforest Action Group is deeply concerned about the implications of the State of Emergency declared by Ecuadorian president Lenin Moreno on October 3rd. The action gives police and military the power to use extreme force to repress the widespread mobilisation of … Read More

Latin American Church takes a Stand

September 20, 2019By MRAGUncategorized

‘Our Mother Earth is Dying’: Latin American Church takes a Stand for the Amazon September 20, 2019 On Sept 14th this year, as the disastrous fires in the Amazon Rainforest continued to hit international headlines, Ecuador’s new Holistic Ecology and Panamazon Synod released a bulletin entitled ‘Our Mother Earth is Dying.’ This came as a … Read More