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.