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JUNE 2020 | VOL. 8


COLTAN. Something we all use, but probably know very little about. It's a mineral present in something we use each and every day. Our mobile phones - and so many other electronic devices. Every day, coltan is mined in the African republic of Congo by children as young as seven years old. They’re subjected to gruelling conditions treatment that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy, with their payment as little as one dollar. The mining of coltan has resulted and will continue to result in the widespread clearance of Congo’s rich forestry. It’s a devastating consequence that the nation's population of chimpanzees and gorillas bear the brunt of. To add insult to injury, their remains continue to drive the barbaric bush meat trade. 

The ongoing demand for electronic devices continues to contribute to this destructive chain of events. These devices often end up in landfill and contribute to waste that pollutes our environment You probably didn’t know this before, but now you do. And now you can change lives - by recycling your phone.

By recycling your mobile phone to the Jane Goodall Institute, their partners MobileMuster and Phone Cycle will generously donate to our conservation programs on your behalf.Â

Destruction of forestry

Harm to chimpanzees

From now on, you'll find mobile phone recycling stations placed at different points around the RMIT campus. You can change lives on your to class, or between lectures. Just look for the green bin.

Coltan mining

Aggravation of the bush meat trade

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