Gold mining is without doubt one of the world's dirtiest industries: it uses cyanide, generates heaps of wastes, and leaves a long-lasting scar on landscapes and communities.
More than half of all gold comes from indigenous peoples' lands.
In places as diverse as Ghana, Indonesia, the United States, and Peru, gold mining operations have displaced people from their homelands against their will, destroyed traditional livelihoods, and damaged ecosystems. Indigenous people in particular disproportionately suffer the negative effects of gold mining, adding to the injustices they already endure.
The No Dirty Gold campaign supports the rights of communities to determine their own futures - not to have it decided for them by corporations.
80 percent of all gold is used to make jewellery.
Gold is certainly unique in terms of history and cultural status, but in many ways, its extraction is emblematic of the mining industry as a whole. The yellow metal literally drives the mining industry-the quest for new, untapped lodes of gold accounts for more than half of the investment in metals exploration. And as gold prices have climbed in recent times, so has the number of new mining claims. By taking action on gold, you can help bring about change in the mining industry as a whole.