Glencore's McArthur River mine is the world’s largest open cut lead and zinc mine, built in the belly of the sacred McArthur River in the Northern Territory. Long opposed by local Indigenous clan groups, the mine has history of flouting mining laws and regulations over the last decade, which has allowed an environmental crisis to unfold. Lead levels in fish are at toxic levels and there is widespread pollution of the region with acid-leaching waste rock.
In Australia, Glencore's rampant resource extraction makes it one of the country's worst polluters, making billions each year by trampling community's rights and trashing country. Yet nearly 100% of its profits go overseas in company tax avoidance scheme. Abroad, Glencore’s record is equally as shameful, responsible for human rights and labour abuses and environmental destruction.
On the day of the Glencore AGM, communities on the front lines of Glencore mines from around the world joined Borroloola clan groups in solidarity to demand to #Makethempay for clean up at McArthur River Mine, and for taxes on profits made off Australian natural resources.