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The British company Beowulf Mining has requested the opening of a new open-pit mine in Gállok. Several environmental organisations, including Friends of the Earth and UNESCO, said the mine could have a “medium to large negative impact” on the Laponia World Heritage site.

The Laponia World Heritage Site is a large mountainous wildlife protected area in the province of Lapland and an important source of drinking water, the Lule River, could also be affected.

Today, environmentalist Greta Thunberg joined the fight against the mining company and demonstrated on Saturday alongside local Sami activists.

Tweeting a link to a petition, she wrote: “Yesterday me and three other activists from @FFF_Sweden joined local Sami activists for a protest in Gállok.

“Here on indigenous land, a British mining company wants to build a mine.

“It would be a disaster for the climate and the environment.

“The affected Sami communities have clearly and repeatedly said no to this mine.

“We are now awaiting the decision of the Swedish government on whether or not they will allow this to happen.

“The short-term profits of a mining company cannot be prioritized over the culture and rights of the Sami people, as well as our climate, biodiversity and air and water quality. water.”

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In the open letter to the Swedish Minister for Trade, Industry and Innovation, Karl-Petter Thorwaldsson, they urged him to stop the iron mine project in Gállok.

Ms Thunberg will meet him on February 11.

Meadhbh Bolger, a resource justice campaigner with Friends of the Earth Europe, also urged governments to “rethink” the direction they are taking.

She said: “Our governments need to rethink the direction they are going and stop the opening of another devastating mine.

“These projects would destroy the livelihoods of two Sami villages in Gállok, pollute drinking water and threaten Sweden’s environmental and climate ambitions.

“The Swedish government must instead implement measures that genuinely transform the economy and society, use less material and reuse materials already present in the economy.

“Iron and steel recycling levels are expected to rise sharply.”

Iron ore is used throughout the economy and is important in the manufacture of steel.

However, steelmaking accounts for around 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions and perpetuates the impacts of climate change, Friends of the Earth said.