Sustainable development is a term that all too often has been hijacked within our society by politicians and business promoters eager to endorse their “green” credentials. Yet human society requires sustainable growth in order to continue. However, in the context of much of society's mineral resources what does sustainability actually mean?

In the interest of complete disclosure, I have been a miner from the age of 16 and still own my own mining operations, so I am unapologetically pro-mining. However, I also appreciate the planet we live on. The context and concept of mineral development being sustainable is one that...

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