Extractive industries are a major contributor to climate change, since they are responsible for extracting the natural resources whose consumption and extraction release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Even metallic mining such as silver and iron contribute to climate change given the energy needed to extract it, transportation to another country or region where it is processed and then sold.
The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach has researched the connection between extractive industries and climate change and corruption. Read their reports here
They Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns have just published their fourth article in a series on extractive industries. The series is designed to educate Catholic organizations about ways to participate in the fastest growing divestment campaign in human history - the fossil fuel divestment movement. Read the full series here
Both these communities have worked closely with The Inter-religious Working Group on Extractive Industries, a Washington, D.C. based coalition of faith, human rights, and environmental organizations concerned about the negative impact of extractive industries on Creation which includes both the human and natural world. Learn more about their work here
Finally, the Catholic Climate Covenant has been exploring various aspects of extractive industries. Explore their work here: