54% of projects extracting clean energy minerals overlap with Indigenous lands, research reveals

5 December 2022

Authors: Deanna Kemp and John Owen (Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute) and Kado Muir (Indigenous Knowledge)

Vast quantities of minerals are needed to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future. Minerals and metals are essential for wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries for electric vehicles. But Indigenous peoples have raised concerns about more mining on their lands and territories.

new study led by authors John Owen and Deanna Kemp, supports First Nations peoples’ concerns. We identified 5,097 mining projects involving about 30 minerals needed in the energy transition. Some 54% are located on or near Indigenous peoples’ lands.

These lands are valuable ecologically and culturally. Their soils, and land cover such as forests, store carbon which helps to regulate the planet’s climate. Typically, the lands are also intrinsic to Indigenous peoples’ identity and way of life.

Energy transition minerals are essential to tackling climate change. But First Nations people must have a genuine say in where and how they’re extracted.

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