I gave the keynote speech at the Mining Ireland Conference at Dublin Airport this week.
It is important to bear in mind that the World Bank and the World Economic Forum have recognised the growing role of minerals and metals in a low-carbon world.
Wind and solar infrastructure, batteries and electric vehicles all require vast amounts of mined resources.
As we transition to a green economy, we need to do more to communicate the message that the mining industry is a provider of solutions, not a contributor to the problems.