Australian Mining Exports: Voices from the Ground

AID/WATCH seeks to develop and implement a research, communications and advocacy project on the social and environmental impacts of Australian mining exports, particularly coal, uranium and rare earth mining. Australia is the world’s largest exporter of coal, third largest exporter of uranium, and has around one-third of the world’s known rare earth resources. Australian mineral exports are leaving a toxic legacy not only within Australia, but also on the lands, lives and livelihoods of communities from the countries who import them. We aim to build a broad-based campaign and alliance across the Asia Pacific region by working in mutual solidarity with impacted communities, organisations and regional networks who are opposing the financing, infrastructure and developments that Australian mining exports are fuelling. Through research and communications of the both the impacts and the resistance on the ground against such developments, the project aims to show the contradiction of the vague ‘sustainable development’ and ‘clean and green energy’ slogans purported by governments and industry, by placing them into sharp contrast to amplified stories and voices of local and Indigenous communities who offer alternatives to the current eco-social crises we are facing. Achieving social change towards a future of zero poverty, resilient communities, and energy justice requires us to listen to and increase our support to frontline communities and movements in the Asia Pacific region. The project will highlight the urgency for the reduction of Australian mineral exports by addressing environmental and social impacts of the demand and supply chains. This will be achieved by centring the voices of frontline defenders and movements to bring radical agendas for justice, including post-extractivism* and de-growth, into debates on environmental and climate justice, human rights and economic transformation. *A term used for moving beyond mineral dependency and resource extraction


The Tucker Foundation will be accepting grant applications from eligible organisations from Monday 21st June to Friday 20th August 2021. The application form will be available on this website during this time.


Applicants will be notified of their outcome in late 2021