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Lithium Dream

January 29, 2021 Jessica Szarek Season 1 Episode 1
Lithium Dream
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Human Rights Magazine
Lithium Dream
Jan 29, 2021 Season 1 Episode 1
Jessica Szarek

Bolivia has a massive amount of lithium.  What are the implications for a country with widespread, deep poverty?

The Salar de Uyuni is a vast salt flat spanning almost 11,000 square kilometers in the department of Potosí, Bolivia. Here, high in the arid Bolivian Andes, lie the world’s largest brine deposits of lithium, a light metal used in batteries that power everything from cell phones to electric vehicles.

Brine lithium technology has the potential to enable Bolivia to escape its history of resource exploitation and instead become an equitable partner in renewable energy markets.  But citizens are skeptical of these promised developments.

Read the article by episode producer Jessica Szarek at The Upstream Journal.

Human Rights Magazine is produced by The Upstream Journal magazine. The host, Derek MacCuish, is editor of both. If you agree that informed reporting on human rights and social justice issues is important, your support would be welcome. Please rate the podcast wherever you listen to it, and tell your friends about episodes that you find interesting. Why not consider making a financial contribution to help us cover costs?  You are always welcome to email with your comments.

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Bolivia has a massive amount of lithium.  What are the implications for a country with widespread, deep poverty?

The Salar de Uyuni is a vast salt flat spanning almost 11,000 square kilometers in the department of Potosí, Bolivia. Here, high in the arid Bolivian Andes, lie the world’s largest brine deposits of lithium, a light metal used in batteries that power everything from cell phones to electric vehicles.

Brine lithium technology has the potential to enable Bolivia to escape its history of resource exploitation and instead become an equitable partner in renewable energy markets.  But citizens are skeptical of these promised developments.

Read the article by episode producer Jessica Szarek at The Upstream Journal.

Human Rights Magazine is produced by The Upstream Journal magazine. The host, Derek MacCuish, is editor of both. If you agree that informed reporting on human rights and social justice issues is important, your support would be welcome. Please rate the podcast wherever you listen to it, and tell your friends about episodes that you find interesting. Why not consider making a financial contribution to help us cover costs?  You are always welcome to email with your comments.

Support the Show.