Dirty Gold's Impacts
Most consumers don't know where the gold in their products comes from, or how it is mined. Gold mining is a dirty industry: it can displace communities, contaminate drinking water, hurt workers, and destroy pristine environments.
Yanacocha mine leach pad. Credit: Ernesto Cabellos/Guarango Cine y Video
This website provides an overview of the major social, environmental, and economic impacts of gold mining. For more information, please read our report, Dirty Metals: Mining, Communities, and the Environment and the latest gold mining fact sheet, and join us in the campaign to end dirty gold mining practices.
Many community members have painted signs publicly showing their disapproval of the gold and copper mine at Didipio, Philippines.
Credit: Ingrid Macdonald/Oxfam CAA
Threatened Natural Areas
Violated Human Rights
Toll on Indigenous Peoples
A Dangerous Profession
Undermined Workers' Rights
Economic and Financial Toll