No Dirty Gold


The more you know, the less gold glows.

Dirty Gold’s Impacts


Community members showed their disapproval of the gold and copper mine at Didipio, Philippines. Credit: Ingrid Macdonald/Oxfam CAA

In the Air, Under the Ground, Across Communities -- The Pervasive Problems of Gold Mining

Most consumers don't know where the gold in their products comes from, or how it is mined. Gold mining is one of the most destructive industries in the world. It can displace communities, contaminate drinking water, hurt workers, and destroy pristine environments. It pollutes water and land with mercury and cyanide, endangering the health of people and ecosystems. Producing gold for one wedding ring alone generates 20 tons of waste.

Environmental Impacts:

Community Impacts:

For more information:

Dirty Metals: Mining, Communities, and the Environment

Troubled Waters: How Mine Waste Dumping is Poisoning our Oceans, Rivers and Lakes

No Dirty Gold Fact Sheet

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