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Caritas and Extractive Industries

Caritas and Extractive Industries
Surging prices for raw materials from our earth should bring in much needed revenue which poorer countries can invest in development. But all too often citizens don’t benefit as much as they should from extractive industries like mining and logging. Their governments allow the profits to end up in the pockets of big international companies or a few well off locals. The rush for more raw materials and money often sparks conflicts and sets back development gains.

Caritas members work for economic and social justice by monitoring both governments and companies. Caritas also speaks out against the global structures which trap people in cycles of poverty. We campaign for proper respect and accountability on the part of governments and companies for what happens to people and their natural environment. We work with local communities to provide them with safeguards to their health, water, soil and forests and to make the voice of civil society a strong one.

Caritas updates on extractive industries

  • Indigenous speaking out against human rights abuses

Indigenous speaking out against human rights abuses

  • 24 April 2017
During meetings at the UN in New York 22 April to 1 May, community leaders supported by the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial network (REPAM) will raise the plight of their people. Caritas is a member of REPAM.
  • Caritas and climate change FAQs

Caritas and climate change FAQs

  • 18 June 2015
The world’s poorest people are being hit hardest by climate extremes. Typhoons and floods destroy entire communities, damaging homes and property. Drought, erratic rainfall, or unpredictable growing seasons lead to smaller harvests, or no harvests at all--leaving millions hungry.
  • Caritas awaits Pope Francis’ ecology encyclical

Caritas awaits Pope Francis’ ecology encyclical

  • 11 June 2015
Caritas is excited about the arrival of the encyclical. The theme chosen by our confederation to guide our work for the next four years is One Human Family, Caring for Creation. It lays the path for defending human dignity, building a peaceful coexistence between peoples and for safeguarding and caring for creation.