Avatar-like mining disaster in India

20 Apr 2011

The quest for scarce metals and minerals intensifies. One of the most striking examples is the Avatar-like case in India.

The Guardian states that: ‘Like the Na’vi tribe in Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar, who are desperately trying to stop humans from mining under their sacred ‘home tree’ in Pandora, the Dongria Kondh are trying to stop Vedanta from opening its mine on the mountain they worship.

Vedanta plans to construct an open-cast mine on Niyamgiri mountain in Orissa state which activists believe will destroy the area’s ecosystem and threaten the future of the 8,000-strong Dongria Kondh tribe, who depend on the hills for their crops and water and who believe the mountain and surrounding forest to be a sacred place’.

The Financial Times observes: “the controversy over Vedanta is part of an intensifying struggle across India, as New Delhi seeks to tap the minerals it needs for economic growth, which in the process, threatens to devastate the lives of some of the country’s poorest citizens”

After the mine was blocked last August, Vedanta is going back to court. To be continued.