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Conflict Minerals

A phrase- 5 syllables

Tin, Tungsten, Coltan & Gold

Precious Earth minerals that come at a cost untold

Blood, sweat and tears

Plaguing the mining industry for years

 

I dream of a #ConflictFreeSociety

Purchasing with integrity

Preservation of biodiversity

Morality within the global community

Tabling on the North campus at AUT university in New Zealand was empowering for a number of students and staff members. To my surprise, not one person who stopped by our table had ever heard of the term “conflict minerals”. This experience helped me remember that this issue is still largely unknown by the public.The horror that came across the faces of many as they learned that the DRC is the rape capital of the world did spark momentum for students to question us more about how to start a conflict free campaign at AUT. I hope the information that Samantha Segalas-Shaw, Mackenzie Jones and I shared was enough for them to inspire their friends to help expand this consumer led  movement.

 

Displacement is happening to people across the world. As I study abroad at the Auckland University of Technology, I have learned about the history of Maori culture. There are many similarities between these two societies, in regards to how foreign countries have exploited resources in these resource rich regions. Time after time, greed and exploitative measures have been taken in the name of profitability. This trend must end! As the winds of change shake the global community, I know I am not the only one who feels that the world needs a healing remedy. Millions of people have lost their native lands due to conflicting interests of outside nations. Far too many have lost their lives in Aotearoa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.