Article by Brenda Norrell
Photos by Carl Sampson
This is the dark side of lithium batteries used in electric cars, laptops and cellphones.
U.S. tech companies are being sued for the child labor deaths in the cobalt mines in the Congo, as a result of the demand for cobalt in lithium batteries.
Now a Canadian company plans a massive lithium mine in pristine Thacker Pass in Nevada. Besides the destruction of open pit mining, lithium mining requires enormous amounts of water.
Amnesty International exposed the tech companies, five years ago, who are using children as young as seven years old to mine the cobalt for lithium-ion batteries, commonly used in cellphones and other electronics. Read more:
After children were killed or maimed in the cobalt mines in the Congo, a lawsuit was filed against Tesla, Google, Apple, Dell and Microsoft. Read more in The Guardian.
Australia is among the countries with large deposits of lithium. In Western Australia, the devastating destruction of lithium mining can be seen in this photo below.
Western Shoshone Photojournalist Carl Bad Bear Sampson shares his photos of the camp to defend this beautiful land.
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Protect Thacker Pass from destructive lithium mining and man camps.
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Thacker Pass photos copyright Carl Sampson. Article copyright Brenda Norrell. Censored News.