New videos on environmental injustice: cases of oil shale mining in Estonia

06. March 2018

Two new videos on the impacts of the extraction of oil shale in Ida-Viru County (Estonia) are available to all interested parties. With the support of SAME World project, these environmental injustice cases show how oil shale mining affects everyday life in the region.

Locals Kairi Nõmmemees and Imre Poom describe the problems - from the noise and vibration caused by underground explosions during the mining to the collapse of earth many decades later.  Both stories about the impacts of oil shale mining are available on the Internet with subtitles in English - Kairi's story: and Imre's story:

Climate change, environmental justice and migration are central issues in the SAME World project. Oil shale mining in Estonia is related to all of these issues. Project manager Margit Säre: "In Estonia, the concept of environmental justice is not so common and the way environmental impacts are distributed among ourselves often remains at the forefront. The inhabitants of Ida-Viru County in Estonia pay a very high price for all the energy used by us. Hopefully, these two short video clips will bring the subject closer. "

Various examples of environmental injustice cases worldwide can be found from EJ Observatory web platform

The S.A.M.E. World. Sustainability, Awareness, Mobilization, Environment in Global Education for the Eyd 2015 project activities are cofunded by the European Union.

Additional information:
Margit Säre, Peipsi CTC, margitsare @