The Covid-19 pandemic crystalized the myriad challenges facing the modern world like
few crises before it. Its impacts were so far reaching, its insights so diverse, that even the
metaphors created to understand it spun off their own field of study.
Global demand for critical and strategic raw materials is on the rise. These resources are indispensable, particularly for the transition to clean energy, but also within other industry sectors. In this issue of our Böll.Thema magazine, we provide insights into recent developments in resource extraction, the associated challenges, and, most importantly, opportunities for positive change.
We declare our full solidarity with Ukraine. We stand by the side of our Ukrainian partners and colleagues and, at the same time, by the side of our partners in Russian civil society who are beset by harsh repression.