Cobalt-mining in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

1 This is what we die for: Child labour in the DRC cobalt mines

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19 jan. 2016


This film documents the hazardous conditions in which artisanal miners, including thousands of children, mine cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It goes on to trace how this cobalt is used to power mobile phones, laptop computers, and other portable electronic devices. Using basic hand tools, miners dig out rocks from tunnels deep underground, and accidents are common. Despite the potentially fatal health effects of prolonged exposure to cobalt, adult and child miners work without even the most basic protective equipment.
Mustaq Muntaquim
I have a moral dilemma, I hate the fact that children in poor countries have to work at all let alone work for pittance and in dangerous conditions. But on the other hand if everyone stops buying photos from these companies that practice this, then what will happen to that child and his family? If he has no job then how will he feed himself and his family? So what’s the solution?
The Matadore
I hate being a consumer. When I was a kid, none of these devices were essential to living a good life. As I’m getting older, I am actively trying to revert back to the simpler life, and I have already started to stop funding such gadgets, and human rights breaches. It’s a process, but I can’t clear my conscience knowing my selfish search for satisfaction and entertainment perches on the backs of people who suffer to just have a meal.
“we investigated ourselves and found no evidence of wrongdoing” – the tech giants
Eduardo Jorge Rauch
Necesito que Amnesty traduzca al español estos videos, aunque sea en subtítulos. Esto debe crear consciencia. No todo el mundo habla inglés
The job of investigation and enforcement are the government jobs! Unless the cobalt shipment directly from DRC or labelled it from the result of child labors, it is impossible to tell. DRC government since independent never made a single effort and too busy to fill out its pockets. Those are the one that must be investigated and freeze their account.
Heck Fy
besides other things it was interesting for me that people in this video talked much about paying for school etc.
Outcast 618
This is a great window into humanity as the total video “views” is tiny even taking a tiny “peak” causes a count increment. If I uploaded a video titled “Elon Musk does blah” I will get more hits in a few months than a video that has been up like this for 2 years, people just don’t care about other people is what it proves, the vast majority of the cobalt goes into electric vehicles as you need huge batteries, the Tesla Semi Truck uses over 1 ton of battery. Don’t let them think for a second Tesla don’t use this cobalt.
what can we as the consumers do against it???
Vance H
Sharing, Justice and Peace for all.
Starte Christ
I send the miracle of Love to the DRC.
Raw Bacon
Nothing wrong with a little hard work.
Thembani the One
Please…Affirm the importance of every single individual. UBI Human Rights Equal Opportunity and Treatment
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Amnesty should promote an UN plan to issue a “certification mark” for commodity companies that increase remuneration with an acceptable minimum guarantee, at least 300%
no way big tech compies use this labor and make money apple should have no part in this
GI Joe
Musste letztens mein Samsung Galaxy S7 einmotten weil der Akku nicht austauschbar ist ohne eine riesige Investition in die Reparatur zu tätigen. Hätte es gern behalten, aber nach spätestens drei Stunden war der Akku platt. Also anstatt das Austauschen zu vereinfachen drängt Samsung mich dazu ein neues Smartphone zu kaufen, was ich auch gemacht habe. Fazit: Mir macht hier NIEMAND ein schlechtes Gewissen! Klopft bei den Herstellern an der Tür! Und die Kids die alle zwei Jahre ein neues brauchen….schröpft sie ordentlich! Ein neues Phone sollte mindestens 1000€ aufwärts kosten meiner Meinung nach, wenn alte besser und billiger zu reparieren sind. Geht mir ansonsten bitte nicht auf den Nerv!
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Manuel J.
Imagine how advanced this country would be if they were allowed to develop and become a super power utilizing their own riches for their own avanves ……but no they are being deprived of their riches just sad.
Starte Christ
Thanks for your reporting. I Love you.
Elisabeth Michael
They don’t have to spend money for the investigation, they could just see the video of Amnesty International!!!!!!!!!!!! Insatiable apetite and greediness.
Instead of beautiful environment with economically sound society for millions of people in the community, african choose to have this harsh surrounding living like scavangers so that very few can have posh elite lifestyle.
Is this still occurring?
“Blood, sweat and tears: That’s how we feel the years”
asking clearly doesnt help
Starte Christ
Dear Heaven, let me help. Thank you.
Sowdo Ahmed
this is like having a billionaire parent and sleeping nights in this Africa shit
A Happy Dolphin
Big corporations folks.
George Tempest
Yay, let’s buy more iPhone and iPad shit! People don’t seem to get a flying fuck where materials come from!
Gustavo Mercado
keep buying electric cars
Drone Wild
who cares as long as it makes my life better…… good luck getting that cobalt…… I need a new phone
and then we complain about refugees…
Justin Tremblay
yay tesla cobalt bateries are not from RDC
Mr. Robot ?
Dena Stanley
very important information made unwatchable by loud, obnoxious, distracting soundtrack.
That guy
I’m already tracwr

2 Top tech companies sued over child cobalt mining deaths in Congo

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17 dec. 2019

A human rights group has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 14 families from the Democratic Republic of Congo, accusing Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla of benefiting from child labor to mine cobalt. CBS News foreign correspondent Debora Patta exposed the brutal conditions in the mines last year. She joins CBSN to explain the latest developments.
Cynthia Ray
Children are also enslaved in Mica mines! Mica is a mineral used in cosmetics! This is horrible and cowardly to use children in this way!!! This must stop now and these children should be protected!
How else are we going to get our cobalt so we can drive our environment saving Teslas?
Sue!!! This is so disgusting that these companies are apart of this.
So generous of the viewers who are actively benefiting from cobalt pricing, the lack of product chain regulation and the benefit this has for the western civilization to send ONE black kid over in Africa to school…wow so incredible 😲😲😲
Hal Abuur Carte
Shame of African leaders who neglected their own resources and their people
Rob Waters
I am sure the mining company have told Elon that the employees have excellent working conditions.
Robert and the Cavalry
They mean Coltan (not cobalt, similar words) But they are fighting the right fight. Pure horror
let me know when you plan on interviewing the GOVERNMENT!! I can bet they have their greedy hands in this shameful thing!!
lakshya varshney
Elon Musk was blamed for stealing lithium(I don’t know about the validity ) as well .all the countries which are even below the progressing third world always suffer because of these .
Miss Tsunami
So they sue and they wanna tell us that any benefits will ever go to anyone of them? Yea of course. It’s again someone else who makes a profit out of this, as if anything of help ever goes where it belongs
Edwin Rice
People seem to be repeating the same tired answer that if something was done that they would be taking income away from these people’s families. Completely missing the economic reality that what they need isn’t to necessarily stop, but to get COMMENSURATE COMPENSATION for what they are doing. Look down the supply chain to what value these commodities actually offer as opposed to what the source of the commodities receive. This is the story of Africa. Literally the richest continent on Earth, but not adequately compensated for what it offers to the world/what the world forcefully takes from it. And to the racists that incessantly and ignorantly banter on in their echo chamber, it is the intentional instability caused by western powers through their militaries, intelligence services, and hundreds of years of experience disturbing countries all over the world that is at the root of Africa’s problems. It is not the Africans themeves, as they so love to nauseatingly drone on about. It is their own brethren that cause the chaos and then profit handsomely. It has been that way at least since the carving up of Africa in the 1800s. If Africa and Africans were in control of their own resources, it would be a whole different game..but ‘they’ can’t have that, now can they? 🤔😒🙄
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Earl Franklin
All good and well until everyone starts complaining about the price hikes for their next electronic purchases. Just saying. Child labor is outrageous no matter where it is employed. India, China and many other countries are guilty of child abuse. but not all countries have or want American values. Doesn’t make it right, but this is a problem that has been going on far too long. I think the only way to fix these practices will take a major change in third world economics. But then, this is way over my pay grade.
Congolese people should be the wealthiest people in the world 🤔
Thunder Storm
This is why I’m a nationalist . All political parties love this .It’s their system.
Yet Elon Musk in questioning bitcoin sustainability
James Hoffman
Too bad the lawyers pressing this suit are so incompetent or disingenuous that the one EV company named is the one that’s squeezing Co out of its batteries (only 20% Co content of industry norm) and has effective ethical sourcing policies.
String Monkey
I’d like to know what tech companies have to do, with China’s child labor laws in their Cobalt mines. They should be suing the mine owners, not those who buy the product. Do they even have child labor laws, in the Congo? If not, shouldn’t they? Is China purchasing these children’s lives, in return for infrastructure?
The sad part is everyone is supporting this from buying their products.
Johanna St. Pierre
that was some cringe worthy saviorsm
This is very very sad.
At least have the decency to have the kids wear exoskeletons to at least make the work bearable.
I am surprized in a year this story has not gotten almost no publicity…
Jack HandMa
I feel a bit guilty for owning an electronic device to watch this video.
sparkly albatross adventure
Why not demand better working conditions. And pay the workers. And supply them with food and equipment.
When you call yourself aka super power …first world .and being racist toward originals….think again..unless u stop this greed ..your time is counting …
Jordan Forbes
Sickening that these companies who are some of the largest most valuable companies in the world have turned a blind eye to their supply source.
Dori Tos
All talk. Empathy just for show like other who portray their caring feelings.
It’s a shame these kids should be in school and they make sure they won’t pay enough to open better mines with better tech. Africans need to wake up.
austin ken
I’m tired of digging holes Big tech: well thats to damn bad!
Jo Molololo
Lmao good luck , unless the mining company is directly own by one of those big tech companies
Angel Bennett
Epic Elon Musk Moment
Fidel Castro had a point about capitalism.
shrodingers cat
This is how your eco friendly electrical saves planet
ServantoftheoneTrueGod AlmightyGod
Paul Kagame of Rwanda and his M23 rebels stealing coltan and cobalt from Congo destabilising the place.
Nestor Aleman
What makes this illegal. If you see parents with their kids trying to get money for their family….is it unhealthy to mine it…well how Bout the people who then take the cobalt,…and then turned into batteries…which then we all use …mmm
People in Norway bragging about their Electric Cars and Feel the best people in earth because of Clima change 🤦‍♀🤦‍♀🤦‍♀🤦‍♀
Secrète Obsession
So if there’s a lawsuit does the money go to the families as I hope there not benefiting from this who made the allegations
Please think of a non-capitalistic solution for this problem and post it here ! You will be rememberd.
Zena Shabani
You guys stop orredy.what have we done wrong to reserve this.??shame on you.😢😢😢
Ante Radeljic
2.5 million subscribers and only 2000 wiews… west doesn’wanna know, they belive that they are ‘victim’
Quique Saenz
The hole world we should be shamed of this kids. We all are Hypocrites, because we purchased this products
they look happy to be digging and making money.
unknow unknown
End captalism right now
We have no cobalt in the USA. I wonder if the DRC wont let companies come in and build factories and bring mining equipment. Canada mines Cobalt.
the best leader
even in eastern DRC
Evans Kimemia
this kid will never own a labtop or even a smartphone but they suffer like this..its a shanme
Jim Kozenchik
Just keep giving them the super bowl losing teams shirt’s and they can keep given us the cobalt,, ahhh the precious cobalt, good, good,,let the hate flow through you..
proto hipster
Wow Elon musk is so wholesome 😳🥈🥈🥇🥇he makes the kids play minecraft irl 🏅😳😳🎖️wholesome 100 big chungus [everyone liked that]
M. Rici el Original#1
Get all their 💰 all of it 👉💰
Samsung and LG be like: Apple what the heck
The Shlendrian
This is Capitalism
Kevin Anderson
Are these kids being paid at least? Wow
omg lol they said its a different child ffs am done hahaaa 7:55 / 8:03
Moe Gains
“Testar” oh those Brits..
gotta break some eggs to make a omelet..
Cow Liver
there ain’t nothing new on the earth.
Savage Stephen
I thought we stopped racism?
Beat Rumble
0:57 “tesler”
Big Chungus
nooooo elon musk is wholesome1!1!1!1!
Spirit Voios
Censored as minimun yt to not see the dramatic true of african child
karla Hammond
Hi, Apple!
David Sparks
Congolese president Mr. Felix Tshisekedi is to be blamed.
Zena Shabani
Is not our fault we have the richest country on the planet Every one want us dead I mean every one.this is verry sad.
Yeah, let the dirt poor go back to doing nothing, but being dirt poor….

3 Maisha A New Life Outside the Mines

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31 okt. 2015

What happens when hundreds of children from the DRC drop their tools and abandon the mines for a new life? They go to school, start businesses and stop dying at a young age. A rare and timely look at the dangers of DR Congo’s small-scale mining sector that powers our digital age, this film takes the viewer to a place few have ventured before: inside the copper and cobalt mines in Kolwezi, southern DRC. This film follows a grass-roots initiative that has generated much conversation — from the streets of Kolwezi to the halls of the United Nations HQ in New York — on how the Congolese can break the cycle of poverty, abuse and exploitation inflicted on it by multinational mining companies to build a sustainable development model that’s powered by the country’s most potent resource: its people.
This Good Shepherd project was featured prominently in a January, 2016 Amnesty International report on the international cobalt trade, and the dangers to children:
Natalia Dashan
What a great film. Thank you guys for making it. I now wish to learn more about the region and about Africa in general, and felt like I have gained valuable insight about the world.
Vinitha Sathyanathan
This is a such a wonderful inspiration to move beyond our space to uphold the beauty of every soul in every corner of the world.
Derrick Mutatsh
My precious country and city new Story begins, Tant qu’il y a la vie il ya de L’espoir. We will change this to a better life by God Grace.
Bernhard Warner
Maisha has been selected for screening at various international film festivals! See where at
Bernhard Warner
We’re proud to share the news: we’ve won two film festival awards and continue to earn selections to film fests around the world. Next stop: Moscow
Why not tackle the corrupt leaders of Congo and multinationals who are destroying congo. I don’t see long term relief in the minimal organization that are trying to help
Macus Arusilus
resources in Congo value 24 trillion millions dollies GDP of America , NATO and they will saying African are poor living .when luckly next generation grew up retrieve what you have stooling you will say is crime but what you are doing now are no crimes. but don’t forget where you pass your nemesis never failed only take time e.

4 DR Congo cobalt miners work in treacherous conditions

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25 nov. 2021

A global goal to attain net-zero emissions by 2050 is contributing to a surge in demand for electric cars.
The batteries that power these vehicles contain cobalt, much of which is mined in Democratic Republic of Congo. It is dangerous work, but many miners say they are not getting their fair share of the spoils.
Imperialism never ended, it just changed owners/masters
Unreported world recently put out an excellent in depth report on cobalt in the DRC.
khaja mohiddin csk
They should ban foreign companies from mining in their country and only local companies should mine. And they should decide the price of the product.
muchila mwamona
Kolwezi borders the Zambian district of Mushindamo .The body of ore being mined at Kolwezi extended to Mushindamo .I am calling upon the Zambian government to conduct exploration for cobalt and copper.The electric car has arrived.Let us exploit our cobalt please.
Cayo Le Docteur
Africa is time to wake up 🤷‍♂🤷‍♂🤷‍♂🤷‍♂
Samson Soturian
The mines have been like this for decades. Ever since the Belgians left.
it’s been like this for generations. the children hide when cameras show-up.
Ramblingman 100
Thats what a carbon neutral world looks like.
Lynette Towsend
What a terrible world thisis still going on it poor countries🙏
Ras Mei
Philippines and Dr Congo has this cobalt a rare menirals making car batteries etc. Philippines and Indonesia have more nickles and Singapore bought it in cheapest price to trade with China.
If Coltan or minerals run out and we have no more technology or anything? 🧐 dependency on Africa looking like it will be gone soon if all the resources are dug out of the Earth.
Kerry Fat
PEOPLE DO U SEE DO U “that Eletric hummer Labron is driving in Advertisement is what they’re digging up for 🤦🏽‍♂🤦🏻‍♂️ people just don’t care
Garden City
Wow there’s your “Green Energy” progressives!
Levi Boy ug
Hadiseh Lavasani 🇮🇷
Make a video about Wahhabism and their crimes that they did with the name of Islam
Cobalt : bomb booster
Ahmed Ali
But they will never open a tesla or an electric car battery plant in congo Like the saying goes if you give some one a fish that only feeds him for that day but if you teach a person to fish he will forever feed him self
Baol Media
Time for Africa to unite or perish
Mohamed Ali
They need to stop digging and pick up guns.
Claudia Kramer
All men and boys. So tell me where the oppressed gender is?
albert einstien
Dear god Congo’s been plundered by foreigners for so long that some parts of the country look completely barren and lifeless…

5 Kinsevere: Beyond Mining


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12 sep. 2014

Kinsevere is a world-class copper mine located in the Democratic of Congo (DRC). Find out more:…
Thowsef Saludeen
Best mining in the DRC with good administrative leaders in all departments …
Temesgen Desta
Rosmery Callañaupa Cjuiro
Capt Kirui
Nice but not only work to the local people!,put open you profit from the resources and show us how much percentage you give to the local people
Thecla Meli
Mining for progress…
John Mwangi
How can i buy thi copper
Abdirashid Dubow
Is this a PR campaign for this company that milks dry the resources
A mining company that can’t paye properly its emplyoyees only in DRC we so poor but with so much wealth! Our corrupt goverment can’t do nothing about it 😢

6 Blood Cobalt: The Congo’s Dangerous and Deadly Green Energy Mines | Foreign Correspondent

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In première gegaan op 24 feb. 2022

The world is embracing renewable technologies but how much do we know about the metals that are powering this green revolution?

This story exposes the shocking truth about the mining of cobalt, a metal crucial to making the batteries in electric cars, laptops and mobile phones.

The world’s richest deposits of cobalt are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of the poorest countries on earth. It produces around 70% of world output.

This buried treasure has lured hundreds of thousands of Congolese to work in the country’s mines, big and small.

But mining is dangerous, corruption and violence is rife and though child labour has been banned, it’s common.

In recent years, the cobalt trade has been taken over by Chinese companies which operate or finance 15 of the 19 big industrial mines. Locals say that under their management, low safety standards have dropped even further.

“Unfortunately people even are dying for lack of safety,” says an employee of one big company.

Australian reporter Michael Davie travels to this mineral-rich country to investigate the industry – from the major Chinese-owned companies to the conditions of the small-scale workers on the fringes of the big mines.
It’s a dangerous mission and Davie is followed, harassed and arrested by mine and government security officials.

What he uncovers is shocking.

The day he arrives there’s been a mine cave-in, killing at least six miners.

He sees miners tunnel 25 metres underground with no safety equipment.

He meets primary school-age children handling cobalt, a toxic metal which can cause serious health effects.

He meets a mother whose 13-year-old son has just been killed on the fringes of a mine whose embankment collapsed. Companies in the Congo are obliged to make sure they don’t harm the communities around them.

He secures a video which shows a man being beaten by a Congolese soldier as mine managers watch on, laughing.

And he interviews a whistleblower who accuses the Chinese mine he works for of covering up the deaths of co-workers. He also says the country isn’t benefitting from the boom.

“There is no investment coming back in terms of environment, infrastructure…We don’t have road facilities, we don’t have communication. There is nothing.”

But there’s hope amidst the gloom. Davie meets the Good Shepherd Sisters, nuns who’ve set up a school near the mines and educated thousands of children.

“If the children are given education, if schools are spread all over and every child goes to school, then we are redeeming this country,” says one nun.

This is a rare insight into a powerful industry which operates a dangerous business with seeming impunity. All of us use the end products.

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Cobalt is used in the Lithium-ion battery making process, so this is a long time problem. Anyone who’s had a phone or a laptop in the last 20 years is part of this process. EV’s could accelerate the scale of the issue where the sheer quantity of minerals required to produce batteries at that size and scale is a real problem. Research is going into how to try and eliminate Cobalt from the battery making process while keeping the same amount of charge. Technically you can make a battery without cobalt, but it’s our willingness to accept a battery that doesn’t hold as much charge. So far there isn’t a magical replacement for Cobalt just yet. Probably the main factor for moving away from cobalt is that it’s rare enough that it isn’t sustainable to make batteries at the scale required for all cars to be EV’s. Car makers know they need to find a more abundant element to make batteries with. The main issue right now is everything is so corrupt in Congo that it’s difficult to clean up the process to have ethically mined Cobalt.
Thanasis Zantrimas
That’s a really excellent piece of documentary. I have also watched a similar one from DW which is called the Price of Green Energy.
This took my words. Thank you very much for the content
Thank you for sharing this. 🙏
TVChannel One
Anything you buy on the open market could have a hideous history.. It’s impossible for nations to have sovereignty AND have a global commodities market with the oversight to prevent this kind of thing. The only solution for this specific cobalt problem atm, is the one being taken… take cobalt out of our battery chemistry, it’s not too hard…. Fortunately grid storage is better suited to sodium batteries that don’t need cobalt, it’s mostly EV’s and portable stuff that has the issue for now..
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“there is no such thing as clean green free anything. there are only different shades of dirty brown” – me, last century.
69 likes only?! This needs way more exposure.
Motherwoo &Damo D
1st time I’ve heard about this until I watched this so many shut things going on at the same time all over the world… I’m different world you could all be watching out down children and family surviving like this ?
Less than 20% of all cobalt in the world is used in EVs, and the sector is moving away from the element. Currently more cobalt is used in your combustion engine car muffler to reduce the toxic compounds emitted. Just wanted to add the nuance, it’s very sad that these violation of human right and dignity only play a role when new industries try to develop and disrupt the status quo. I also dislike the anti China angle the west currently and historically has a far larger footprint of exploitation. Look att mica for your makeup, coa, sugarcane, diamonds, bananas, gold, oil, sweatshops, etc. We all need to ask more from the companies that build and sell our products, and stop pointing fingers we all have blood on our hands.
Nangula Nghiyalwa
Congo should not be poor 😭😭
Juanita Richards
Those beautiful children…..
Elaine Armstrong
The nun is a truly beautiful woman
Poor people paying the price for the self appointed virtuous ones who think they are saving the universe by driving electric cars
Jamie Scholl
I’m amazed at how long it took for the ABC to finally bring this to light…
Fernando Fonseca
Congolese law??? You talk about congolese law???? You should kidding my friend….
Dennis Tafeltennis
M Nguyen
The boss eats. The maid scraps the plate , the dog 🐕 leak. The rat is beaten .
Fritz Munro
Artisinal makes it sound good. Illegal is more appropriate
Niel Marshal
Elon: our cars is more green than the hydrogen car
How green are EV cars again?
Wayne king
Sombody needs to show this to Elon musk
I think Australia did similar in Timor.
Jessica Harris
As an Australian, the shame runs deep. This stuffs in my phone?! I’ve lost 3 children, but not like this. Not like this.

7 Smartphones: The world in your pocket – The Congolese Blood in your hand

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9 mrt. 2015

Google, Apple, Intel and other tech companies revealed that minerals sold to fund combattants in the Democratic Republic of Congo and nearby countries may be used in the manufacture of their gadgets. Everyday its an emergency in east of Congo due to crisis war and sexual violence.
The disclosures come thanks to the reform-focused Dodd-Frank Act, which now requires thousands of companies to release an annual report detailing the use of so-called conflict minerals. Tungsten, tin, tantalum and gold-products common in electronics and known collectively as “3TG” are mined heavily in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other central African countries. Proceeds from some of the mines are used to fun an ongoing war that’s become the deadliest armed conflict since World War 2, according to one study.
However, because such materials travel through a variety of smelters, manufacturersand distributors before they end up in a phone or laptop, vetting the entire manufacturing line is a difficult, expensive process. The SEC has estimated that compliance with the new rule cost companies $3 to $4 billion in the first year and will cost $206 to $609 million in subsequent years.
In regulatory filings, the tech giants continuously said they did not have sufficient data to fully determine whether conflict minerals were present in their products. Google wrote in its filing that “based on our due diligence, we have reason to believe that portion of the 3TG used in our products originated from the covered countries, but we have not identified any instances of sourcing that directly or indirectly supported conflict in the covered countries”. The company disclosed that about 36 percent of its smelters in the Democratic republic of the Congo region have been certified as not trafficking in conflict minerals, but it could notmake a firm determination about other suppliers.
Apple, which began tracking the practices of individual smelters in 2010, said that 80 percent of the smelters it does business with in the region do not use conflict minerals. But like Google, Apple said it did not know enough to definitively say whether the other suppliers use them.
Intel, meanwhile, said that its microprocessors and chipsets are conflict-free, but it could not determine the conflict status of its other products. And Amazon said “majority” of the suppliers that contribute to its kindle pipeline are not using conflict minerals.
Every company which made a disclosure said they would pressure their questionable suppliers to be certified as compliant with conflict-free standards.
overall, the reports indicate that tech companies are at least advocating for the manufacture of conflict-free products, but they are finding it difficult to implement such initiatives on a practical level. No ones is keen on abandoning the region entirely-despite raised awareness of conflict minerals, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s share of tantalum production actually increased in 2013, according to the Wall street Journal. Some companies even argue that continuing to draw minerals from the region could allow them to be a force for good.
“Rather than simply funneling its demand through a limited number of verified smelters or those that are not sourcing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Apple wrote, “Apple believes the best way to impact human rights abuses on the ground in the Democratic Republic of Congo is to have critical mass of smelters verified as conflict-free, so that demand from other questionable sources is reduced.”

8 Toxic Cost of Going Green | Unreported World

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31 okt. 2021

Unreported World investigates the dirty business of cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mineral is fuelling the planet’s green revolution, but at what cost?

Around seventy percent of the world’s cobalt is mined in the Central African country, mostly from the southern Katanga area, thought to be one of the ten most polluted places on earth. Reporter Jamal Osman travels to Kolwezi, a city dependent on supplying Cobalt, a critical component for electric cars and rechargeable batteries. Residents are employed by large multinational companies, or in smaller, and more dangerous artisanal mines. We meet the men who clamber down dark weaving airless tunnels to extract cobalt for as little as $150 per month. But is the paycheck worth the health risks that doctors have uncovered?

Director: Girish Juneja
Series Producer: Andy Lee
Executive Producer: Ed Fraser
Production Company: Channel 4 News

Such an interesting documentary that exposes the hidden side of green technology. A powerful reminder that sustainability is more than the environment, it’s about considering people’s health and livelihoods
Cockatoo in Sunglasses
This is why I use everything until exhaustion. We like shaming people for not buying anything, but it should really be the opposite.
Rocío la planta
I come from the mining region of Chile, and I can relate completely with that. From the foreign companies having most of the profit while the country itself gets a minor cut, to the dust covering everything. In our place birth defects are not really the issue, but cancer is rampant, I forgot the exact statistic, but it is WAY higher than the rest of the country. We all also have high arsenic concentration in blood. It really made me angry watch this. Hopefully things get better, but tbh I don’t trust industrialized countries.
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Prerna Sherpa
This is an absolute eye opener. I never thought there was an other side to sustainability. Definitely informative.
The fact that this isn’t being broadcasted on the news is frightening.
H Markham
I work in a lot of these places in Africa and have been trying to tell friends and family for years, but it falls on deaf ears. You should see the mountains of used car batteries and fridges and freezers being left to leach into the ground in Lagos Nigeria, also the used Tyre mountains. All exported their from the West. Renewable’s are are Western Luxury market, nothing more. Just think about the carbon footprint and where the expensive minerals came from the next time your driving your Tesla around. I have also worked in the Congo as mentioned in this documentary, you have never seen such misery, all to pander to our self indulgent fetish. Greta needs to go take a look.
Telor Ceplok
Their story needs more exposure, we need to take this issue seriously
Albert Szollosi
I can’t believe I haven’t stumbled upon this channel until today. This is exactly the content I love (and at the same time hate) to see. The stuff no media (almost) will show you.
This is so heartbreaking to watch, especially as an east African. We really got sold in the 90’s, on electric cars being the be all end all, but in actual fact, their production causes environmental devastation – pollution, soil erosion and desertification, and that’s even without mentioning the health risks to local people and the rampant exploitation of both adults and children. We need to go back to the drawing board. This aint it.
This is something all these people that say “we need to go green” need to see!! This is sad, there is a cost to everything in life!!
Lee Churchill
I’m mildly claustrophobic and I can’t imagine descending down into those holes and working endless hours. I have total respect for those men.
kingdom warrior
I loved this video and the information shared. Many persons just see one side and not the other. Going “green” means death somewhere else. The world is so unjust, someone always has to pay the price.
Nothing in this world is as “environmentally friendly”, “zero waste”, etc. as some people want to achieve. There is always someone suffering or someone exploiting something 😥😥
Joseph Starbuck
Incredible documentary, thank you for educating me on the other side of green energy. This is truly sad and needs to be changed.
Анна Томова
Seeing that little boy with twisted legs just sitting on the ground outside while other kids just ignored him really made me sad. Humans are social creatures. We need social contact… idk how the other kids and adults don’t view him as a living being with feelings. Just made me really sad to see that.
Mr Likkitongue
“Can a sustainable green revolution be built without the exploitation of others?” An excellent question that the western world doesn’t want you to ask.
Akash Chowdhury
This documentary should have a special screening in COP conference.
These young miners are so well behaved for the condition under which they live in. It really is all about attitude. Hope they get the resources they rightly deserve.
Ty Wills
I am beyond pissed off. Africa could be one of the richest places in the world. But bad leadership and a corrupt government can hold you back.
The fact that we know this problem will not be solved any time sooner makes it more depressing…
As long as it’s not their country that paid the consequences, they will happily turn a blind eye
I’m a marine engineer. I learned in school that there is almost nothing called “green” energy. Here in the West people will buy a Tesla and think themself the saviour of this green earth, while their car runs on energy produced by coal or other forms of petroleum. Their batteries, produced by cobalt, shipped twice across the world to reduce costs. If I had the chance, I would create a program. Through careful mathematics and calculations, it would help analyze carbon emissions, for example a trailer going from X to Y, with most of its variables. With the help of the UN make it mandatory to drastically reduce carbon emissions. Including this, because every inch of dirt excavated to mine these materials pump more CO2 than your car will produce in a year.
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Vernelle Douglas
“The price of progress is high” an old song says. It seems for centuries that people in this part of the world have been paying the bill. Blessings to the doctors etc who are tying to help.
Haroon Chowdhary
Tech giants need to be held accountable for the exploitation of other people, from a livelihood and health perspective. And we, the consumers, need to be willing and ready to boycott non-ethical companies, and also not to demand the latest and newest.
Roger Sullivan
Thank you. The world needs to see the truth about these abominations, atrocities, crimes against humanity, hidden behind the lies of the rulers of this world. Power to the people, down with the evil ones perpetrating these acts.
This is heartbreaking, and it also makes me very angry. If the companies are making millions out of their misery which also directly impacts their families, the very least they can do is ensure the health and safety of their workers and help in country’s economical development. Selfish bastards!
Rachel Ndakola
This is heartbreaking. There’s nothing worse than a corrupt government.
My heart bleeds. I have been promoting green computing ideas and never thought of damages it was causing to my Congolese brothers and sisters.
The 18 year old with the 2 year old broke my heart! But on the other hand, it warmed my heart to see a mother’s love so strong! You can see how much it pains her to see how her child is treated, but at least she is still willing to keep and love her child. Sadly, too many people will reject their child (like the father 🤬) because of what others think
Erin Will
One of the best things an individual can do, is consume less. Grow your own food. Raise your own animals for meat. Have days were you either limit or use no electricity. Walk or ride a bike. Also, don’t support politicians that are pushing for all green energy without anyway to sustain it and when it is also harmful to humans and the environment.
Minnes Banks
All the people who are pushing for all these advancements need to watch these kind of documentaries to understand there’s more to every problem then just the things we were told about. Someday people are going to understand the governments and corporations operate for their own benefit not the benefit of people. This is so sad that these people have to live like this.
OpenSource Dev
There’s always heavy toxicity around mineral extraction areas. Even in Canada, there’s huge pollution and people close by pay the price. I wish these folks long life and good health. May the God look after them
Bhagirathi sahu
So the moral of this documentary is “someone is dying for your fashionable living whom you don’t know”.
Corine Alida Nda
My heart cries out for my Africa , the saddest part is that as long as some profits from this they will always be consequences on the most vulnerable. When you change your iphone every year, think about this, tv’s, cars, are all made from these exploitation.
Wei Wuxian
I wish I could help those people some way this is heartbreaking and they deserve better. We have to demand better
Wow. You just blew my mind. It’s such a shame that these big companies providing from rare earth metals aren’t ensuring the health and safety of the people who make their industry possible. As an end consumer of so many products using these materials, I’m pretty disgusted…
Going green will always have a cost: especially if it requires making something to replace something else. There is a manufacturing cost as well as the disposal cost of whatever is being replaced. It is virtually impossible to do, or make, something without a ‘cost’: and when it is being done on a global scale – there will be an equally global-sized cost: to the people, to the environment, to the ecology. Basic principles are in play here.
Mariah Wisdom-Peters
I’ve been looking into this, there are some companies that mine safely. I think the issue is that many companies just don’t want to pay for it. It’s disgusting. This would never happen in the UK but these people dot have the choice.
Sandra van Zyl
This is beyond saddening. This is as unethical as it gets. There are better ways to source the Cobalt, far away from villages and farms. It’s sickening to know that these poor people have no control over what is happening around their villages and the children are the ones suffering the most.
Clare Swinney
Up until grinding this documentary I was completely ignorant to the plight of these poor people! This needs to be brought to the attention of the whole world! Those poor little babies…heart breaking. 🥺
damn cant believe Africa has the richest resources in the world, almost every material in the modern age comes out of Africa. The people of Africa should be among the richest in the world
It is more than clear, at this point, that the only way to “go green” without exploitation is to undo urbanization and industrialization.
This is HEARTBREAKING! Poor little kid. And the Dad just abandoned them..
I couldn’t imagine living in such a dry and arid situation, next to a beautiful river that you can’t step foot in, or eat from. That would be eternally frustrating.
Such documentaries should be all over the news!!
I wonder if Greta thunberg has ever shed a tear for these people. 🤣
This is so painful .. and the billionaires are flying to Mars when they can’t even take care of their fellow humans
Thank you. More need to see this and realise that every advancement in technology is a huge step backwards for local people’s health, and for the environment. The green revolution is window dressing for 1st World countries to make them feel like they have done something wonderful, meanwhile life on the frontline is far worse.
I really feel bad about Africa it’s such so rich in its diversity with so many different mines ,unique species of wildlife & serenes…. I Believe Africa deserve more than just a Penny of Monies from this corrupt Government & Other Countries invading their properties, just in the name of development to this people…. I Hope to see the change their…❤💛🔥
My opinion is that going green should be supported what would be more helpful would be regulating the sectors such as mining more eg: use of ppe’s, pay miners more so they afford a healthier life, use more tech in mining, governments moving people to areas that they are not more predisposed to the sicknesses, empowering same communities from the mining money found etc
Tanya Erickson
This breaks my heart not just for the people but the earth why can’t we get our shit together?!
I had no idea this was going on! Thank you so much for this documentry, why is it not on the news or newspapers?! I will defo be telling people i know about this😥
Simon Kufeld
don’t get fooled, this is not about going green but about corps exploiting africa and not caring about their supply chain…this happens across the industries and should be regulated
Fazlin Hoosain
So insightful! And so sad, it makes you realise how blessed we are to live the lives we do in the West. Right after this docu, a docu played about the happiest countries in the world. What makes them happy, is living a life if balance. Without greed this world would be a better place!
James Hunt
This is heartbreaking. The most helpless feeling in the world as a parent is not being able to help your child when there’s something wrong, I can’t even begin to Imagine how agonising it must be to know that there’s nothing you can do no matter how hard you try.
Major Pane Intl
So much for going green and protecting the earth for the climate change agenda. This doesn’t in any way look like addressing sustainable goals but bringing back slavery, exploitation etc.
Hannah Neely
Great documentary, we need more of this!
Byo Kora
My prayers go out to the families suffering from the greed of other countries, I am ashamed and appalled, this makes me want to do something but I don’t necessarily know what.
Desert Mermaid
So heartbreaking I was in tears watching. Those poor little babies! I’m Navajo and we’re dealing w uranium and coal mining pollution, too. It’s so destructive! Another factor is planned obsolescence, meaning manufacturers purposefully make items that fall apart so we have to buy again. This smart phone I’m on was cheap but designed to get squirrelly after a while. Even the more expensive gadgets are that way. We could lean on manufacturers to make better quality products that are sourced more responsibly and help people get loans or whatever so they’re more accessible. And encourage folks to go the sleep and get up w the sun, have more public transportation, etc. There’s solutions, but capitalism needs to be checked. My prayers to all of these children, families, farmers, and water ways. Thank you for this in depth reporting.
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The problem isn’t green tech the problem is extracting resources paying as little as possible. We need these minerals and could make a clean future if these companies were forced to extract responsibly and actually pay for the labor
Sergio Cruz
Thanks to these brave journalist doing their job that we know what is happening around the world thank you for this great documentary.
Kathy Rama
Whaoo I was so naive to going green. Thank you for this educative report. May God protect the affected children and parents. Again the west gains from Africa’s pain.
Gertie Gertrude
These mining companies should be held accountable and made to clean up these rivers. Disgusting that the govt isn’t thinking beyond the money. It will be too late once there is no food or water left to sustain life
Marcus Robinson
This is a shame that these people are being taken advantage of for their resources. Their government should be taken care of them there of them the people who worked the hardest job should have all the safety equipment. It seems like everything ran by democratic government seems to be ran very poorly.
This also happens in Colombia with gold mines. But the problem here is that illegal and traditional miners use mercury to find the gold easily, but a larger part of that mercury goes to the rivers. But here, people says that the problem are the legal mines (which are not ultra regulated, but at least have to respond and repair environmental damage). People do not know that who are doing the damage are free and powerful.
Julia Klee
Thanks for the documentary! It’s important that people in “the western” countries see what price other people pay for their comfortable life.
EVERYONE needs to share this. This should be common knowledge!
It’s going to be very difficult to both “go green” and make sure all your materials to do so are “ethically sourced” Because despotic nations will happily sell you the items you need to go green in order to keep themselves in power All the while you hand them an environmental award for helping you achieve your initiative
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Failed Society
“Doing something is better than doing nothing!” No… Not if it kills thousands of people on the other side of the world. Doing “something” for the sake of “doing anything at all” (which in 99.99% of the time equals into consuming more product anyway) is not worth the life and health of those people.
This is exactly why I’ve been so resistant to changing phones so frequently and even more so to getting a electric car. I keep everything until it no longer works beyond repair.
William Wood
Volkswagen group – which came second in terms of EVs sold in 2020 at about 420,000 units – was the biggest user of cobalt in 2020, consuming nearly 3,000 tonnes of cobalt for new electric cars made by its VW, Audi, Porsche, and SEAT brands.
Ashton R
Finally, someone has the balls to talk about this
I feel so sad for these parents and families. Every life is equally important, there needs to be a better system, a healthy safe way. It’s so sad 2021 and this is happening
This completely breaks my heart. We need to get this story out. Is there an organization we can donate to to help?
Tess Tickle
I was never going to buy an electric car anyway, and this just enforces my view. Nothing about batteries are good, they can barely even be recycled. They cost a fortune, take hours to recharge and barely last a reasonable amount of time. A well built looked after petrol engine will last 30 plus years EASY!
These mining companies and the DRC government need to be held accountable! Miners should form a union that everyone should support as they challenge the government who lets China do this with no repercussions. They need to hire and pay these local men what they deserve! None of these poor communities nearby should be subject to this! Please do a follow-up story on any activism regarding this in the DRC and question those in power.
Mat Just
The problem that the world faces right now is the lack of accountability for such injustice. The coming decades, we can hopefully shape the United Nations to become a body that will be automatically accountable to take actions against these things.
Andrew Dobbin
This why I’m concerned about the rise of battery ev’s. I can’t help but feel the environmental and social cost of the batteries will be as bad or worse than the initial co2 issue. But I guess so long as it’s not in our back yard that’s all that matters is the thinking.
Let's Learn to it
When there’s mining there’s heavy pollution. Mining company and owners should be sued and charged for any bad causes of their mining to the community or atleast it must be in the agreement with the government to enforce it later for the safety and security of the people and the surroundings.
Joseph Jones
It’s like how they talk about the war on coal but it takes twice as much coal to make a pane for a solar panel because you have to fuse coal and quartz together with help from heating coal, and you can’t recycle the glass when it breaks just like you can’t recycle any of the parts of a wind turbine yet they still want to WASTE all of the available and potential resources and let people die in the process instead of going to uranium which is extremely reliable and clean and cheap
Sarah Fayecroft
It’s almost impossible to do everything ethically but doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do our best to prevent the suffering and exploitation of the natural world, nonhuman beings and fellow human beings.
I’m just gonna point out the issue is not the acquisition of resources itself it’s these places have basically no health and safety regulations and that allows for cheap aquisition. If they added in just basic regulations the cost increase would be minimal and the quality of life would greatly improve.
positivity is the best energy
Someone should be liable 100% for these birth defects. This man said China has most of the control. Either way someone should step up and take responsibility for their actions!! These people should have proper access to health care. And should be completely free. Since the wage isnt good at all. This is definitely a human rights issue.!! No one should live like these wonderful & beautiful people. My heart goes out to them.
Jason Johnson
Share this with people!! Im not against improving efficiency of anything. Im a mechanic by trade and support fuel efficient vehicles. But not at this cost. Ive been saying it for years, milk your beater car for everything its worth. Buy used parts from salvage yards. Do NOT fall for the latest and greatest car, cell phone or tablet. Use the stuff you buy and fight for right to repair!!!!
Nisha Limbu
I think we can get green sustainable products without exploitation if these mining companies have proper waste management systems and provide with proper mining equipments and there should be proper education letting people know about the hazardous effects living near mining areas. Just some thoughts dont know in reality it will be helpful or not .I just wondering what could be helpful.
Destiny Tate
My heart breaks for these people! May God protect them! This is evil! Greed from developed nations is killing these people and our planet!!!
This is barbaric. The foreign organizations profiting from this should be named boycotted so it’s more expensive to pollute rather than behave in a socially responsible way. Financial pressure is the only way to make them change since profit margins is all they care about. The people and environment in Africa matter too.
Kay Allen
Sustainability and environmental health for all species needs to be built all along the entire supply chain – no excuses.
Wow it’s amazing how many people blame green energy for the issues here and not corporate greed, we could mine cobalt safely and give these people a good wage but we chose not to, has nothing to do with green energy as you could mine anything unsafely.
Here in Germany you now get a good amount of money back when you buy an electric car.. This documentary shows what a big problem that can be for other people. It might often be a lot better to just keep your old car for a long time than to buy the newest most economically friendly every 3 years!
Ndegwa Mugo
The AU ( a toothless dog, unfortunately) should have an independent commission/ organ that will look into Africa’s resources and how they are benefiting local communities and states at large. At the same time, the same commission should be negotiating for mineral exploration and benefit agreements with the Chinese or any other foreign powers. It is sad that nothing is being done. The government of the Congo appears helpless
Harley Mom
This is sickening that these poor people have to live like this especially in 2021, every corporation that does this must pay for the medical bills for each patient and they must find safer ways to mine. Earlier in the video it stated that almost all mines are owned by China, they are the worst in abuse of people and the earth. Make China pay! These people deserve better. God Bless them.
I would like to see a report on what happens to green energy products at the end of their life ( solar panels contain toxic ingredients and no disposal facilities have been created yet, wind turbines are made from fiberglass and are either left where they are or demolished and thrown into landfills.)
Apoorva Dar
It’s not the price of going green, it’s the price of unregulated industries. People/journalists making these videos should be more mindful on what they say and how they represent the world. Global governments need to regulate all mining industries
yes building a sustainable future can be done without the exploitation of others the corporations and purchasers can value the miners more and realize how important they are, because they are providing a valued resource. give them more pay, have compassion for the work conditions by giving them ppe equipment, breather masks with filters, and some kind of oxygen mask or machine, equipment to help the miners go up and down the shaft easy.. instead of a shimmy down the tree that is lodged in the shaft. there is some basic improvements! the profit margin is huge from this point to the finished product sold in stores. this is greed at play here.
As someone living in an industrialized country, I often think about how people like these must hate my guts and despise me. I don’t want to harm them, but I end up doing it anyway by contributing to their problems because I’m too caught up in my own life and not looking out of my little world bubble. I want to say things like “and I’m trying to buy less things and think about what matters” to justify my life style but honestly, how much does that matter? I’m just trying to feel good about myself. I hope I can at least give something back via donations once I’m out of school with a job.
So happy to discover UW ! What amazing journalism , more and more people need to hear this !
Dwight Hayes
These people need to be compensated immediately. This is a damned shame.
Ashley Wafula
“The love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things” this is beyond saddening.
@unreportedworld lovely work. Would love to see you guys do a side by side comparison/investigative journalism style piece on how this compares of current exploitative industries.
I am leg end
Definitely the way forward if you want our children’s children’s children going around on horseback and communicating long distances with the latest iSmokesignal. Really glad this documentary popped up. Give it a bit of time and the natural resources required to build electronics like say… car batteries (which don’t last forever) Partially solving one problem and creating another one. Quite a long while ago I seen a documentary on how cobalt is being mined in Africa and all the corruption that comes with it. The MED countries don’t give a fuck if a child worker dies in a mine as long as they get the latest iPhone or some shit to profit from. It’s all I think every time I see an electric car on the road. Might as well be made from blood diamonds man.
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Whatever we can do for that family let it be known most of us suck at many things but most of us care enough to try and help in every and any way! Thank you all for shat you do and thank you for your Service!
Every single one of them- the mothers and the babies alike- has traces of tears running down their cheeks. I know it seems insignificant but I wanted to point that out anyways. It kind of stuck to me for some reason…
Nuclear is where we need to be. I’ve said for a while that going “green” is not what’s best. Yes we should do a better job about our pollution but wind and solar are limited on capacity.
John Donegan
“Not in my back yard.” “Out of sight, Out of mind.” seems to be the attitude of “green” pushers.
Ivan Dinsmore
It seems that the DRC is destined to suffer permanently from foreign exploitation. When I saw the man whose finger was cut off I shuddered because it reminded me of the atrocities committed by the Belgians. It is truly tragic that over a century after those atrocities the people of DRC are still suffering.
David Harrison
Developed countries should pass laws requiring that all cobalt products sold in their country be “ethically sourced”, which means the cobalt mine owners are forced to clean up and treat their mine waste and protect the safety of their mine workers, and companies selling cobalt products have to pay for regular safety inspections.
hunter strawberry
I’m obsessed with this channel, and i’ve gained more exprience aswell but since english is not my first language i would suggest the content owners to add some english captions to their stories so it will be more interesting and easy to understand the story thanks.
this breaks my heart please they’re working such a hard job and with many risk of getting injured even chances of death yet they got paid too little.. what a world we’re living in
Carey H
This is so sad! These poor people! This needs to go viral so people see what going green really means! These companies that own the mines & the ones that buy the cobalt for unfair prices should be named & boycotted! (Like Nike using slave labor, that’s why I don’t buy their products!)
Gail Lewis
It is truly heartbreaking to see rich, verdant land being ravaged for heavy metals.
Such an interesting and sad documentary it is the first time I have known that these things are happening to others I’m living a good life in the cost of others having malfunctioned and disabled children babies which is sad I hope their problems get solved I hope the government actually do something to save the citizens in there
twisted beebee
Thanks to the journalists of this channel for covering what is going on. Hopefully more people watch this video and see what’s really going on. Hopefully then things will change for the better. This is beyond heartbreaking
Heath St John
I remember reflecting how much unemployment; imported coal; suicides; people’s ruined villages; separated families; loss of national insurance payments from workers to the state; loss of income tax payments from unemployed miners to the state; closed working men’s clubs, and so forth, were necessary to close if not the open cast mines in the UK, but the deep one’s, to ‘improve’ people’s lives, in Yorkshire, the Welsh valleys, in Scotland, everywhere, in fact, here, and in Europe. They were still dangerous, dirty places, but with much better working conditions by the ’70’s, than at any time in their industry. Still, the truth of the matter cannot be hidden. And one of them is, after open cast mines have been exhausted, how much more attractive is the re-landscaped area left behind. Still, now we have our hybrid cars, the world’s such a cleaner place: which is meant to be understood as I’ve intended it to be.
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would be awesome if we can develop a cheap and reliable means of recycling all of our garbage so the people in all of these nations can have an actual chance to build their nations, not mining toxic minerals by hand or burning our garbage to get scrap to sell so they can eat for the day
This is the land of my ancestors. I never been there, but I want to do something to help them. What’s happening in Congo must stop.
Steve scuba
I’ve been saying this for years, while people just roll their eyes and beg to be impoverished in the name of climate science.
Kaden Peltier
Seriously guys, this was painted on the walls. The second that “going green” became the new hottest thing for the rich to get richer, I knew nothing good could come from it.
Pablo T.V.
This is incredibly unfair. Everyone needs to see it
Im not sure the problem is the demand for cobalt but rather I suspect it’s an issue with the local government. A Chinese mining company doesn’t care about Africa’s environment and will do anything to reduce costs. Which I’m sure includes kickbacks to key officials too. I hope the people stand up and demand that necessary regulations be added and enforced.
dy persaud
This is a reminder that the comforts we in the West, enjoy, is on the backs of the miserable elsewhere.
From the first four minutes of this video, I have seen that these very unhealthy practices to mine cobalt, that have a low compensation for local workers, are the result of a local corporation of miners and constitute approximately a quarter of the DRC’s cobalt mining operations. While it cannot be denied that the mining of cobalt has something to do with EV batteries, it seems unclear to me how this can be blamed on that. Is it that EV manufacturers do not want to pay a good price for cobalt, consequently leading to low wages and bad safety and health practices? I hope this video will be holistic somewhere in its duration because now its focusing on negatives that draw a skewed image of what’s going on. Can we see the foreign owned cobalt mines? Is this cobalt only used in EVs that it has to be associated with “going green”? In case its unclear, I’m not defending going green, I’m highlighting the shoddiness of this presentation.
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Nelia Wellness
Thanks for sharing this and makes us aware of how things that we buy are not financially fair and the impact it has on workers
Luis Vazquez
It hurts every time I ask for a bag or know I’ve done something harmful to the environment
Mr. Curviac
LOL! I lost it at “This should be one of the most wealthy nations in the world, but China owns all the mines.”
BeInG PhysiotherapisT
How unjust this World is.😥 Electronic cars aren’t the solution. They are indirectly playing part in environmental pollution.
I commend this channel for covering issues such as this, but it really needs to interview representatives from Western companies sourcing cobalt and other minerals.
Gruber Jens
I said to a colleague a few days ago: Electro Cars are so great. Best thing is, that their production does not consume any resources, produce no CO2 and all the energy to power them, comes from a perfectly built power grid that runs completely on energy without CO2 production… “ Not only didn’t he catch my sarcasm but started to cheer how right I was and how wonderful things are. With the smiling face and look in this eyes, like a child talking about Christmas… This world is f_ed up beyond recognition.
Sophia Nílsson
This sort of mining, if absolutely needed, should be machinised and strip mined, not sending young men into deadly narrow shafts in the earth. It’s cruel, and they deserve to profit from their hardship and it makes me angry they don’t. And those innocent babies, their mothers, they suffer the most from everything. It’s utterly heartbreaking seeing Déborah and her baby boy, the love she has in dark days of hurt and difficulty.
I appreciate eye, mind, and soul opening videos like these. Thank you.
Alex Sarikaya
Western countries, even if not pushing their way of life on others indirectly do so. I hope these countries can start looking after their prosperity in other ways. Finding money without mining. Pray 🙏 for these souls
Josh Brannan
The main problem here is the privitising of profits to foreign entities. Officials must be taking personal bribes to allow things like this to go on. You can’t blame consumers, it’s the national regulators job to ensure worker and locals safety. Whatever the price of that is charge the foreign company for it
Michael Harto
This is a very complex matter. It’s like the question of which was first, the chicken or the egg. Was it because of the demand from capitalist corporations? Was it because of the corrupt government? Was it because of the need of the people for a mean to earn a living? Where do we start to address this problem? There would be major pushbacks when you start with a sector.