Rights groups call on carmakers to address aluminium abuses

by News Update

Human rights groups have documented abuse and pollution in the manufacturing of green-powered electric cars.
The industry relies on the extraction of bauxite used to make aluminium to build electric cars.
Guinea is one of the world’s largest producers of bauxite, the aluminium ore.
Al Jazeera’s Nicolas Haque has more on the situation in Guinea.

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CANNON LLC July 22, 2021 - 5:56 PM

If electric cars are truly to save the environment then they need to add so much money per car sold to repair these areas damaged and send teams out to figure out how to mine properly smh

Hanadi July 22, 2021 - 6:00 PM

أختكم  من اليمن , أبي متوفي من  3سنة بسبب الحرب وعندي 4أخوات وحالنا يعلم الله فيه واني متكفلة فيهم , واني الان قمت بعمل قنات وربما أربح منها لكن ينقصني الكثير من المش تركين  .

واتمنى ما تسخروا مني , وأعرف إن هذه الطريقه غلط لكنها الطريقه الوحيده اللي اقدر من خلالها اكسب نقود حلال 💔💔 لا سامح الحرب اللي وصلتنا لذي المراحل ///,….

Hanadi July 22, 2021 - 6:00 PM

أختكم  من اليمن , أبي متوفي من  3سنة بسبب الحرب وعندي 4أخوات وحالنا يعلم الله فيه واني متكفلة فيهم , واني الان قمت بعمل قنات وربما أربح منها لكن ينقصني الكثير من المش تركين  .

واتمنى ما تسخروا مني , وأعرف إن هذه الطريقه غلط لكنها الطريقه الوحيده اللي اقدر من خلالها اكسب نقود حلال 💔💔 لا سامح الحرب اللي وصلتنا لذي المراحل ///,….

Mokusam July 22, 2021 - 6:04 PM

How can anything change when those big carmakers have an insane influence over the politics of countries they come from; it is near impossible to fight a company that gives tens of millions of Euros to select political parties in exchange for leeway. A billion Euros is a tiny amount for those kinds of companies, and there is absolutely no incentive for politicians to make it change then a "status quo" relationship. Until we, the people, stop buying those vehicles, the companies won't really change their behaviour. And I doubt we, the people, will stop buying cars just for the principle of it. Especially when politicians move towards banning the cars we already have. Or could afford.

Art 4. July 22, 2021 - 6:08 PM

Not just the Oriental have taken without return.

Greg Meyer July 22, 2021 - 6:30 PM

Aluminum is the most recycled material on Earth, trying to tie car companies to this abuse is a foolish misrepresentation. Many other bad actors, but hey i guess lots of tesla footage drives 'engagement'.

Pipay Lu July 22, 2021 - 6:34 PM

Really?just close it and let them eat the bauxite

Diana SUNSHINE Wulf July 22, 2021 - 6:34 PM

And Lithium!

Gimmi Jones July 22, 2021 - 6:36 PM

They expensive cars fly into space while indigenous people who own the land resources cannot even afford food.

SexyZ0mbieKillers July 22, 2021 - 6:46 PM

we've extracted beyond a sane amount from our mother earth. we're all to blame.

choose life.

EstimatingONE DiscoveringTHREE July 22, 2021 - 6:58 PM

I said this on NPR 15 years ago

EstimatingONE DiscoveringTHREE July 22, 2021 - 7:00 PM

The power generation stations are polluting. Carbon is necessary for plants…don’t cut back the carbon cycle…then we will need modified plants to live in a low carbon environment….I’m sure that’s what boll gates is working on

brian major July 22, 2021 - 7:20 PM

so nobody gave them permission to do this? is it not the government of the regions responsibility to make sure that the corporations are obeying local laws?

Sonya McMahon July 22, 2021 - 7:28 PM

He certainly looks starved!

aminu aidara July 22, 2021 - 7:39 PM

If u think this company really care about poor people in Africa if u do I advise you to buy one way ticket to the Moon

RICKEY Chrisman July 22, 2021 - 7:48 PM

Pol Pot wanted to save the environment too.

Dustin Tacohands July 22, 2021 - 8:10 PM

One way or another humans will find the Metal and fighting it here will raise prices either by moving or paying more and that’s if throwing a fit about mining here does work

Brian Long July 22, 2021 - 8:10 PM

Hold the corrupt African governments accountable not the companies.

Assoma muhamed July 22, 2021 - 8:32 PM

What's publicized as an environmental friendly way are not true. Even being vegan extract recourses and more habitat destruction to agriculture.

Connor Sharpless July 22, 2021 - 8:56 PM

I love Al Jazeera, and this is a very interesting video, but Im not a fan of the EV smear job in this. They act as if aluminum isn't present in ALL cars, be it electric or petrol/diesel, or as if it isnt used in countless other products we use every day. Generally great reporting from Al Jazeera, but this video reminded me that it's a sponsored by the Qatari government, who rely HEAVILY on petroleum exports, and have a lot to lose from the switch to EVs

Bingo Sun Noon July 22, 2021 - 11:55 PM

There are hundreds of toxic waste sites here in Arizona where the mining companies extracted what they could and simply walked away when they were finished.

Adama Jalloh July 23, 2021 - 1:07 AM

im a guinean the president is very corrupt

Nathaniel Singleton July 23, 2021 - 1:38 AM

Let be clear! You are not a poor country. You are just an exploited country. If you were poor in resources no other corporations would have interest in yours.