The products of mining are everywhere. If it wasn’t grown, it was mined or drilled, but mining has an uneasy history with sustainable development.  A history of pollution, human rights abuses, conflict, and environmental legacies in many parts of the world continues to tarnish the sector’s reputation, even while minerals are literally the matter that underpins global development. Whether it be the mineral fertilisers that feed crops, the copper that wires homes, the lithium that stores renewable energy, or the gravel and stone that builds bridges and paves rural roads, mined materials are essential to modern life in every corner of the globe.

Now that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are mainstream, and minerals underpin the transformation to renewable energy, is it time to reconsider the role that mining and minerals play in sustainable development?  

In a first for UQ, this Q&A-style event is produced in partnership with the ABC and will be recorded at UQ’s St Lucia campus for subsequent broadcast.

With UQ’s Professor Peter Greste in the chair, the program will unpack the sustainability challenges posed by mining.

Professor Greste will guide the discussion with leading researchers, experts and stakeholders to examine the tension that exists around mining and our continued, sometimes increasing, dependence on minerals.

Current UQ journalism students will work with Professor Greste and an ABC Executive Producer to develop the content aiming to remove the jargon and spin, and take the issue out of the political arena.

The project will be produced over a four week period, and details of panellists and an invitation for audience members to submit questions will be announced in the weeks leading up to 28 November.

We hope you can join us for this unique and exciting GLS event.

Moderator – Professor Peter Greste
UNESCO Chair of Journalism and Communication, The University of Queensland

Professor Peter Greste is an award-winning foreign correspondent who spent 25 years working for the BBC, Reuters and Al Jazeera in some of the world’s most volatile places. From Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, he reported from the frontlines and beyond. He may be best known for becoming a headline himself, when he and two of his colleagues were arrested in Cairo while working for Al Jazeera and charged with terrorism offences. In letters smuggled from prison, he described the arrests as an attack on media freedom. The letters helped launch a global campaign that eventually got them released after more than 400 days in prison. 

He has since become a vocal campaigner and advocate for media freedom – a stance that has earned him awards from Britain’s Royal Television Society, the Walkley Foundation, the RSL’s ANZAC Peace Prize, the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Medal, and the International Association of Press Clubs’ Freedom of Speech Award. He has written about his experiences in Egypt and what he regards as the global war on journalism in a book, The First Casualty. He continues to investigate and report on critical challenges facing Australia and the world.

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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