Negative Effects Of Mining

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Throughout the world non-renewable resources are extracted from the earth 's surface such as oil, copper, gold, iron, by mining industries daily. Mining companies are located anywhere around the world but Latin America specifically has many resources that Mining industries want. The most popular places; Peru, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina have the largest amounts of mines and exportation of resources, but even though these are the largest in south America, mines are found in small countries such as Ecuador, Bolivia, and Uruguay. Mining industries are doing more harm than good within communities in Latin America, and this is important to know in global development. Knowing the harmful effects mining has on our world it allows us to …show more content…
With regards to the negative factors of mining in Latin America, one question many may ask is what does mining harm? A major one is right in front of us and many choose to ignore it; our environment. The environment is an important aspect that mining destroys. Due to the creation of mines and mining itself, it destroys the earth because it extracts precious non-renewable resources from the earth and pollutes the environment. If we take a look at mining in Peru it is shown that 64 percent of their exports are minerals, showing that a high amount of mining takes place in this country and how much they rely on this. There has been a study about how mining has been affecting the environment in communities in Peru. Land, water, animals are all being affected in cities such as Lima, Trujillo and Chiclayo because of concessions. These cities are facing serious long-term water supply constraints which show that 29% of the population has no access to piped clean water (Bebbington and Bury 17298). Mining pollutes the water which makes water inaccessible and disturbs living organisms. In 2005 research by Bebbington and Bury were conducted and it showed that many households are struggling to keep livestock because most of the highlands were occupied by mining …show more content…
The evidence of how mining is harmful to the environment and people within Latin America is something that cannot be pushed out of the way to be solved later. Mining is a largely spread industry that needs to be changed or limited to help save the planet and people’s lives. Not only does it affect the environment and health of the people within Latin American communities, it creates social injustice within them. Researchers prove with facts and evidence that mines pollute water, air, and ecosystem, it also affects people physically and mentally, and creates conflicts between rights of natives and their land. There should be regulations and rules that are put up to solve these issues and overcome what is happening unjustly; not only in Latin America but throughout the whole

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