Tuesday is election day and it’s important to make an informed choice when you enter the ballot booth. The League of Conservation Voters offers a handy scorecard to see how your congressional delegates fare in regards to protecting the planet we share. It’s worth reading. To paraphrase Doctor Seuss, “I vote for the trees for […]
We are honored to make the list of the best jewelry designers in Chicago, as selected by CBS Chicago. At Leber Jeweler, we strive to combine good design with ethical materials with our Earthwise Jewelry® Collection and thank the writer for acknowledging our work in these areas.
We saw this coming. In 2009, when I spoke on Capitol Hill, I raised the issue of the potential consequences tied to the rapidly developing sector of marine mining. Raking the largely unexplored depths of the deep ocean to extract minerals, including gold, carries with it countless environmental risks. When our knowledge of hydrothermal vents, […]
In the federal government’s first significant scientific assessment of the proposed Pebble mine site near Bristol Bay, Alaska, the Environmental Protection Agency warns that plans for the massive open pit gold, copper, and molybdenum mine could have devastating consequences for the environment, as well as the animals and people who live there. According to the […]
We’ve been featured by Michigan Avenue Magazine in an interview with company president Brian Leber, covering topics including social responsibility as well as the nature of Chicago design. You can read the interview here.
In the past, we’ve talked about how mining isn’t just an issue that happens “somewhere else.” Here in the Upper Midwest there is a long history of tapping natural resources in Wisconsin and Michigan, often to the detriment of the environment. While the effects of mining that began a century ago can still be seen, […]
Here at Leber Jeweler, we like polar bears. Not because they were the de facto poster animal for the first Canadian diamonds, but because they are beautiful creatures surviving in some of the most remote corners of the northern hemisphere. As many of our clients have an activist streak much like ourselves, we wanted to […]
I’ve been invited to speak as part of a panel discussion on Monday, February 27, 2012, hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The program is entitled “BLOOD RUBIES: A LENS INTO BURMA” and will focus on recent events in Burma and the role they play with Burma’s lucrative gemstone trade. This public program is […]
Three companies have asked government for permission to prospect in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, a natural area that covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. According to the companies involved,much of the information related to their intentions is considered proprietary, so details are not being released. Based on what one mining CEO is saying, it’s […]
Next week, voters in southwest Alaska’s Lake and Peninsula Borough will decide whether to ban large-scale resource extraction activity, including mining, that would destroy or degrade salmon habitat. The measure puts the massive gold and copper mining project, Pebble Mine, squarely in the crosshairs. The proposed mine, a joint venture of Canada-based Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. and […]