Extracting the world’s natural resources – minerals, oil and gas – can exploit not only the environment but also the local people whose lands are changed out of all recognition. This is the story of three indigenous peoples, filmed mostly by local people using amateur equipment. In Panama the Ngobe Bugle Indians face an uncertain future, as the Canadian company Tiomin plans to turn the Cerro Colorado into the world’s 12th biggest copper mine. In Nigeria across the Atlantic Ocean, it’s not mining that causes problems for the people of the Niger Delta but oil. Local people such as the Ogoni, have protested about the environmental destruction caused, and campaigned for a greater proportion of government oil revenues – a demand which Shell says it supported. And finally to Bougainville where in 1989 the islanders closed the Paguna mine, the world’s largest open cast copper mine and Papua New Guinea’s biggest source of export earnings.
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