Sustainability refers to the ability to sustain, support, and nourish oneself while not causing damage or loss to natural resources. Can the mining industry be truly sustainable with this definition? How is this possible given its negative environmental impacts? The only business of this top-polluting industry is the acquisition of minerals deep beneath the ground.
This often results in large mountains being cut out to make open pits, which render the surrounding land inhospitable and ineffective for life. Yes, there are Mining Infrastructures Solutions companies out there that do their research and adhere to environmental regulations.
The larger negative environmental effects that mining sites have on the environment are outweighing the benefits to society. The positive effects of mining sites should be more prominent than the negatives. This includes rehabilitation of the environment and the prevention of degrading resources. It will allow future generations to continue to benefit from the mine site’s normal lifespan of 50 years.
Higher authorities should insist on sustainability and a holistic standard of operations. The development stage should be focused on the implementation of new sustainable methods and techniques. The operation phase will be affected by how the development phase is perceived.
We need to increase community participation, transparency in mining operations, better regulation and conservation efforts, as well as be more creative. Man’s imagination is limitless and it’s unreasonable to keep using old methods that cause much damage and waste with the technology of today.
Innovation and greener solutions can help extend the mine sites’ life spans, which will be a boon for everyone. This will allow for a truly unlimited mining industry. We as citizens should be able provide our own resources in the present and future, while preserving the environment and ensuring that it is available for all to enjoy. This is sustainability at its best.