Go No Go
About This Show
GoNoGo is a podcast that examines the changing relationship between people and the environment and how this influences our decision-making. Through story driven programs and interviews, GoNoGo examines the decisions people make through various themes: the changing relationship between people and landscape; occupation, craft and vocation; technology and the natural world.
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What do we do with all the holes? Managing the post-mining landscape
Oct 11 14
In this interview Marc Wohling speaks with Associate Professor Mark Lund from the Mine Water and Environment Research Centre at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.
Recently, Horace Dediu on his podcast the Critical Path cited a figure that Apple had sold 10 million iPhone 6 on the first weekend of their release – an extraordinary figure. We all love new technology but where do the raw materials for these products come from? Few people consider this question, and even less so, the cumulative and residual impacts, the environmental consequences if you like, of sustaining our digital lifestyle. Even much touted alternative energy technologies (wind, solar, wave etc.) require a great deal of raw minerals and rare earths in their construction and operation.
The love affair we all have with technology, raises interesting questions around sustainability, and how and where we source these minerals and manage their extraction. These minerals continue to be the foundation of virtually all manufacturing and infrastructure in our society. They all come from various types of open cut and underground mines.
But what happens to a mine and the surrounding landscape once the resource in that mine is depleted and the mine is closed?
In Australia, it is estimated there are some 50,000 abandoned mines. The legacy issues many of these mines present, are enormous. Here in Western Australia it is estimated there at least 1800 abandoned mines with legacy issues, dating back to the early 20th Century. This figure does not include current operational mines that number in the thousands.
So what do we do with all the holes? In areas of intense mining, what will a post-mining landscape look like?
Rather than viewing old mine sites as legacy issues, is there an alternative, a set of new decisions we can make? Rather than the result being a post- apocalyptic, dystopian landscape, can we re-imagine these landscapes to design new and vibrant ecosystems?