I signed a petition today. Occasionally I see one in my in-box that really pulls at my heartstrings… Well, I guess many do that but it is really difficult to focus on just what I feel is important without feeling overwhelmed, so often things quickly go into the e-trash.
It is hard when I see kids exploited; I guess maybe because I had such a hard time growing up, but no hard feelings. Chances are good that some of you kids that gave me a hard time are either (or both) very wonderful grown ups by now or safely behind bars – besides I was no angel myself. 😀
But at least I didn’t have to go work in the gold mines. Child labor in the mining industry is just something that we should not allow as civilized beings. In fact it is really not needed much even for adults to to this – mining is dangerous, exploits our mother/sister earth and new and better materials are being developed as replacements. If we use the presently mined gold more efficiently and recycle or upcycle our electronic waste, it should last us a long time.
Why is this happening?
The only reason gold is so expensive is that we as a global community place a high value on it. Governments buy it up and store it in places like Fort Knox. A large effort is placed on protecting it and storing it. Investors buy it for protection against massive deflation that can potentially happen when governments print too much cash.
The high price of gold plus the lack of regulations preventing child labor and difficulties in enforcement plus the incentive to maximize profits are are factors. There is really not that many industrial uses for gold and we mine more gold than is needed for that.
I may never know the real reasons that child labor is being used in the gold mines; I’m sure they are as individual as the children that are there. It is hard to imagine the level of desperation that moves a parent to send their child off to places where they know there is such a level of danger.
Placing our collective value in something more tangible could be a start if you ask me – perhaps something like: “the earth’s ability to sustain us”. Realizing that: “hey, maybe I don’t need over 80 kilo’s of gold in my basement” and in fact, maybe that is something that makes me feel a bit paranoid and delusional with a false sense of security more than anything else. 😀
No amount of wealth or gold will pay for a loaf of bread if times get bad enough.
People can fall into economic slavery if debt, greed, bad policies, famine, war, and a host of other factors put them there. If we make it a global priority to reduce poverty and properly distribute the worlds resources, child labor can become a thing of the past soon in my opinion.
Cryptocoins to the rescue! Find your favorite cryptocoin and horde that and if your feeling generous you can always spend any extra to help pay for work that you find of benefit or for clean energy power sources like solar panels. The more we can spread the value around the stronger our communities will grow. Besides cryptocoin mining is has a low environmental impact if done right – please check out my articles on energy efficient PoS cryptocoin mining. 🙂
Disclaimer: The author invests and mines cryptocoins so there maybe some bias for this over more traditional gold mining and investments, as always please do your own research.