All Mining is Dangerous (Taring Padi pt2.)

by Karen Eliot August 19, 2012

A short interview with Mohamad Yusuf as Ucup about collaboration between Indonesian artist collective Taring Padi and US based artist collective, Justseeds Artists. Ucup describes the woodcut produced by Taring Padi artists.

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all dangerous?
all dangerous? says:
July 01, 2011

Some mining is surely dangerous and polluting but all seems a bit of a stretch - and unless everyone is going to start riding around on wooden bicycles (made from trees!) then I can see humans giving up using metals - we've been doing it for a long time now and I reckon 99% of the world thinks it's a good thing.

Karen Eliot
Karen Eliot says:
July 01, 2011

Well I think you may have missed the point here. While the title could be considered provocative all mining has an reality that we have to consider even though the consequences may differ. It is easy to live in a heavy consumer society removed from all the reality of how it affects the ecology and other peoples lives. Just because we may not like to face up to that reality does not mean that it does not exist and that we should just ignore it so we can continue living the way we do in ignorance.

Karen Eliot
Karen Eliot says:
July 01, 2011

Just to give some idea of some mining impacts;

We mine about seven billion tonnes of coal and 2.3 billion tonnes of iron ore each year. We shift several times as much in overburden to access these resources.

Add to this the construction aggregate (2.5 billion tonnes in the USA alone), limestone for the three billion tonnes of cement made each year and other excavations for our infrastructure, and we are clearly the dominant geological agent shaping the Earth’s surface today.

While many of our excavations are local in scale, they are not always so.

In Australia natural erosion removes about 100 million tonnes of sediment each year. With our annual exports of coal and iron ore now at about 600 million tonnes, we have increased the geological erosion rate of the continent by many factors.

And in an extraordinary demonstration of our geological power, the proposed Olympic Dam open cut development plans to extract about 14 billion tonnes of rock over a 40-year period.

With peak extraction rates of about 400 million tonnes a year, it would excavate enough rock over its life to cover metropolitan Melbourne four metres deep.

That’s a lot of rock, even by geological standards.

Here in the Netherlands we import mountains from China.

luther blissett
luther blissett says:
July 01, 2011

Just to add some extra information about the Lapindo hot mud disaster that Ucup mentions;

INDONESIA: Blood boils as mud volcano swallows homes

Sydney Morning Herald
May 26th, 2007

THEY come in pairs - the prophets, pious and psychics - to cast spells, prayers and offerings on a vast mud lake that has subsumed nearly 700 hectares around the town of Sidoarjo, forcing more than 43,000 Indonesians from their homes.


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April 20, 2012

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