My own view? I think we have to keep a watching brief on miners, and the investors and governments who want them to have open slather. But I am not against mining as a human venture. Certain mines should never have proceeded and there are some, like Jabiluka, which I never want to succeed. However, I have lived in two mining towns - Mount Isa and Tennant Creek - and they are the best places I have ever lived. There are wonderful people under and above ground on mine sites.
So this is why I want Networkers to have a well-rounded attitude with regard to mining: to defend their communities and get stuck into resources corporations and governments when mining and miners go too far while recognising that a lot of things in our lives would not be possible if humans did not extract substances from the earth. As part of this I want to pass on this link to a list from Oz Mining of The Top Ten Mining Blogs.