Tribute to Roger Moody, a Defender of Mine-affected Communities

We announce the death of our friend and colleague Roger Moody, mining researcher and activist. He was a long-time supporter of indigenous land rights struggles across the world, particularly in Asia, and worked with the Columbans on a campaign to challenge the destructive work of mining companies in the Philippines.

Roger, who lived in London, worked with Fr Frank Nally and others when mining justice activists from various parts of the world attended a conference in London in 2001 and the Mines and Communities Network was established. In 2019, Mines and Communities was awarded the UK-based Gandhi Foundation’s prestigious Peace Prize for its support of communities in the global south who feared that mining was damaging their health and livelihoods.

Roger was involved in the founding of the London Mining Network (LMN) in 2006. Roger was amongst those who felt that a dedicated organisation was needed in the UK to put pressure on London-listed mining companies. Roger wrote much of LMN’s 2012 report on UK-listed mining companies and the case for stricter oversight.

He wrote many articles and books. Among his major books on mining are ‘Plunder!’ (a history of Rio Tinto Zinc to 1991), ‘The Gulliver File’ (an encyclopaedic history of world mining companies to 1992), ‘Into the Unknown Regions’ (about submarine tailings disposal), ‘The Risks We Run’ (about mining political risk insurance), and ‘Rocks and Hard Places: The Globalisation of Mining’. His massive influence in the creation of networks of activists against mining injustice across the world, and his personal influence on Columbans campaigning on extractive industries, is a tribute to his dedication to the cause.

Columbans are members of the London Mining Network.

“Roger worked with the Columbans when we were trying to get Rio Tinto out of Midsalip on the Philippine island of Mindanao. Roger's up-to-date information on Rio Tinto was crucial to community meetings with the mining company in the Diocese of Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur in Western Mindanao. That the community had updated information was a shock to Rio Tinto. My sympathy to all who loved this great man, researcher and activist. He has affected the lives of many peoples around the world, especially Indigenous Peoples.”

Fr. Frank Nally, Columban priest and mining justice campaigner

“May all his efforts to hold mining companies to account for their abuses, and to defend the rights of indigenous and other land-based peoples, continue to bear fruit in our collective action for justice and the healing of the planet.”

Richard Solly, Co-ordinator, London Mining Network

Columban Mission on Extractives

Read the Columban Statement on Extractives to find out more about our experience of supporting local and indigenous communities affected by mining.

Coumban Statement on Extractives