This is the question asked by the Horizon 2020 research projects PACIFIC and INFACT which co-organise an event hosted by the Natural History Museum of London on 3 and 4 December. The virtual event is thought as a discussion platform where personalities with diverse backgrounds and views will debate how mining should be part of our society. We are organising a series of panel discussions covering the following questions:

  • Where should we get our needed minerals from?
  • Which mining business models would lead to sustainability?
  • Can mining be part of a sustainable society?
  • How does it fit in a circular economy?
  • Who should decide?

The event’s objectives are to:

  • Communicate knowledge to the general public on the metals value chain
  • Provide unbiased and diverse opinions on the need and purpose of  mining
  • Discuss how metals/commodities are mined and traded, what is their environmental, economic, and geopolitical costs?
  • Get the general public involved in those questions and empower people to make informed decisions
  • Provide elements and options on how to make mining better (e.g. new business models) and contribute to the sustainable development goals

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