A public opinion poll conducted this past summer by Research Co. found that nearly two-thirds of residents of the resource-rich province of British Columbia (63%) believe mineral exploration and mining industries have a role to play in achieving the provincial government’s 2040 zero emissions target.
Respondents were also asked whether environmental
protection or economic growth is more important to them. A majority of those
who prioritize economic growth believe that mineral exploration and mining
industries are key to reaching the zero-emissions target, with two-thirds of
this group reported that mineral exploration and mining industries ultimately
provide the raw materials required to transition to low carbon technologies and
other climate solutions necessary for a sustainable future.
A majority of those who prioritize environmental
protection over economic growth also reported that these industries will have a
key role in reaching the zero-emissions target.
“What we found interesting about the views of British Columbians is that traditionally opposing viewpoints regarding resource development are essentially in agreement when it comes to mineral exploration and mining playing a vital role in reaching the target,” said Mario Canseco. President of Research Co.
“Building a sustainable future that preserves the environment while also being economically robust is important. That future requires new and innovative technologies that depend on the types of minerals and metals found in BC,” says Kendra Johnston, President and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration B.C. (AME).
“The poll findings reveal a significant
opportunity to inform British Columbians about mineral exploration, and the
vital importance minerals and metals play in building the green technologies of
the future,” Johnston said.
Written by Amanda Stutt.
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