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Occupy LSX and the dangers of activist antipathy towards environmental racism and ecocide

NB: If you haven't yet read Naomi Klein's article "Capitalism vs. the Climate", I recommend that you do!

Xstrata and Occupy LSX

From an environmental perspective, Xstrata, one of the world's largest mining corporations, was an excellent target for the OccupyLSX activists to target on November 30. The most obvious reason for this is the company's aggressive pursuit of expanding its coal operations. In Australia, Xstrata is planning to build the largest opencast coal mine in the southern hemisphere. Xstrata also has a very poor record in dealing with indigenous peoples who live on or near the lands that are being mined, and a number of local activists who oppose Xstrata's operations have been assassinated. You can find a good overview of most of the reports coming out about Xstrata from the London Mining Network.

So when Occupy LSX 'occupied' the Xstrata headquarters, my first thought was "Great! They're finally doing something significant o…