Earth Laws Month 2022:

Post Extractivism – What could life look like beyond the extractive economy?

This webinar on Post-Extractivism was part of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) Earth Laws Month 2022.

What could Australia’s society and economy look like, if we transition away from an extractive economy?

The presenters discuss how modern industrialised societies have been built on an extractivist culture and economy, and explore what our society and economy could look like if we shift to a regenerative, rather than an extractivist mode of operating.

The speakers have extensive experience researching and advocating for policy changes so that we can move to “post-extractivism” and cease practices such as industrial-scale minerals extraction, deep sea bed mining, and forestry.

They share important facts about the ongoing scale of modern extractivism and inspirational stories from communities who are challenging unwanted mining and other extraction.


LIZ DOWNES is a campaigner, researcher, writer and currently a Director of the Rainforest Information Centre and member of the Melbourne Rainforest Action Group (MRAG) and commit member of Aid/Watch. With a background in community health, community development, environmental conservation, and working for non-government and nonprofit organisations in Australia and Latin America, Liz has spent the past several years working with local communities in Ecuador who are resisting Australian mining extractive interests. Liz is leading Aid/Watch research to map Australia’s ‘green’ extractivism footprint domestically and internationally.

MARTA CONDE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland, Australia and the Institute of Science and Environmental Technology (ICTA) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain (UAB).

CARLOS ZORRILLA Cis a full-time resident of Intag, co-founder of DECOIN, the environmental organization on the front lines of the resistance to the Llurimagua mining project since day one. In 2017, DECOIN was a recipient of the prestigious Equator Prize for its conservation work. The award is only given out every two years by the United Nations.

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