Religion and Extractive Industries: Ethics, Practice, and Engagement

Author: Katherine Marshall

December 17, 2021

In this book chapter, Katherine Marshall explores evolving debates on extractive industry approaches and relevant policies, global and national, from the perspective of a range of religious actors who may speak from a specific tradition or community, or in an interfaith or intrafaith context. The chapter situates various forms of involvement of religious actors, including the Catholic Church and interreligious and intrafaith bodies, within the broader, evolving policy debates about the roles of extractive industries in development strategies. Its focus is primarily on global forums, referring to country experiences to illustrate religious actor engagement. Driving questions include: How are concerns translated into action? Where has the impact of religious advocacy and action been most effective? And what are likely and productive avenues for the future? The chapter was published in Catholic Peacebuilding and Mining: Integral Peace, Development, and Ecology, ed. Caesar A. Montevecchio and Gerard F. Powers (London: Routledge, 2022).

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