When Marcopper started mining copper on Marinduque Island in the Philippines four decades ago, local communities could not have predicted the devastation it would bring. For more than 20 years, Marcopper dumped millions of tonnes of toxic mine waste into Marinduque’s seas and polluted its rivers. As a result, people have lost their health, livelihoods and some have even lost their lives. The photos above document their experiences.
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