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Story of Coltan . By: Melanie Babi, Joyce Attey and Lyona Elie. What exactly is Coltan?. Do you have a cell phone? Or a laptop? Or an xbox ? Do you know how your cell phone destroys the rainforest? Its ALL cause of Coltan. Coltan can store and release electric charge.

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Story of coltan

Story of Coltan

By: Melanie Babi, Joyce Atteyand Lyona Elie


What exactly is coltan

What exactly is Coltan?

  • Do you have a cell phone? Or a laptop? Or an xbox?

  • Do you know how your cell phone destroys the rainforest?

  • Its ALL cause of Coltan

  • Coltan can store and release electric charge.

  • Coltan is an ore from which tantalum is made.

  • Tantalum is used in cell phones, video games and other types of electronics.


What are the environmental consequences

What are the environmental consequences?

  • Forest clearance to expose substrate for mining

  • Pollution of streams by silt from washing process;

  • Reduced productivity of fish stocks in lakes and rivers affected by silt pollution

  • Ecological changes due to loss of keystone species such as elephants and apes

  • Long-term changes in watershed due to rapid run-off in deforested areas


What are the cultural consequences

What are the cultural consequences?

  • In the Congo, where most of coltan is mined, though it provides jobs, it also provokes

    • Corruption, drug abuse and crime

    • Minerals exploitation

    • Mining of coltan is one of the driving forces in the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    • Lusting foreigners , rebels and government strip the land of its natural resources.


How are industries reacting to the problem

How are industries reacting to the problem?

  • Many nations aren’t helping out with the problems going on in the Congo.

  • They are benefiting from the conflict and the vast resources that many are dying over.


What are some solutions

What are some solutions?

  • Recycle Coltan

  • Recycle electronics

  • Companies shouldn’t use the idea of planned obsolescence.

  • SAY NO! to perceived obsolescence.


Mama doudou

Mama Doudou

  • Coltan miners working in the forests are in need of wives to cook their meals, carry their water and keep their beds warm at night.

  • Doudou Wangonda or Mama Doudou, provides prostitutes for these men for the price of a kilo of coltan. As prices for coltan rise, as do the prices for the prostitution.

  • Money is not the only thing that spreads. STIs like gonorrhea are quickly spread through the Mama Doudou community.

  • There are many economic benefits from mining but also many social and humanitarian consequences too.


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