September 2017: 10th Anniversary of European Minerals Day
Every two years on European Minerals Day, European citizens have the opportunity to get an inside look at the role minerals play in European life. Access to mining facilities is usually restricted for safety reasons, but on Minerals Day there are over 200 Open Door events that will take place across Europe at quarries, mines, plants and museums from 22-24 September 2017. These events include a wide range of activities, such as guided tours, rock carving and fossil hunting.
Through European Minerals Day, members of the minerals sector can connect with local communities in a fun and educational way. People who attend these events can learn about how minerals are collected or processed in a local quarry or plant, how those raw materials become the products we use every day, get the know the people behind those big machines and find out what you need to study to become one of those people yourself. There are also many opportunities for communities to learn more about the impact that mines and quarries have on their surroundings, both socially and environmentally.