No Mining? No Just About Anything!

September 25, 2023

Think mining isn't necessary? Think again - it is the basis for just about everything in our modern world. The span and impact of mining is wide from the technologies we are accustomed to having at our fingertips that define our general standard of living, to medical advancements, transportation, renewable energies, and more. Simply put, mining has allowed humankind to advance. 

Are you really ready for a world without mining? 

  • Automobiles, both gas and electric would disappear
  • No renewable energies such as solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal
  • Medical devices such as stents, pacemakers, catheters, defibrillators, and hearing aids wouldn't exist
  • No nails, steel, pipe or other necessities for all types of construction 
  • No electrical wiring, no critical infrastructure
  • No more high rises, bridges, airplanes, trains, or space exploration
  • No mass produced garments or shoes, no molded plastics
  • No computers, smart phones, tablets, televisions, Alexa, Netflix
  • No more high-tech surgeries, transplants, knee replacements, and no dialysis 

As a society, we are too far advanced and too accustomed to our lifestyles to forego the advancements that mining has helped bring to the forefront. 

How do we move forward to create a sustainable future?

  • Form collaborative partnerships that work together to bring innovation forward
  • Coordinate expertise to address climate change issues
  • Develop cooperatives driving the transition to renewable energy sources 
  • Support the development of sustainable green technologies

Leveraging the advancements that mining can and should be a central part of the discussion and Alaska is poised to play a vital role. 

Still think we don’t need mining in a modern society? Here’s a take on a world without mining, courtesy of Swiss Metal Assets, Switzerland.