Payal Sampat

Mining Program Director, Earthworks

Payal Sampat is Mining Program Director at Earthworks, leading the organization's efforts to reform mining practices through corporate and markets campaigns, policy reforms, and solidarity with frontline communities. She is the author of several publications on mining, water, cultural heritage and a sustainable materials economy. Payal represents Earthworks on the multi-sector Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance, and on the Steering Group of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition. Payal previously worked as a researcher at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, DC and as an organizer at the Bombay Environmental Action Group in her hometown in India. She holds degrees from Tufts University and St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India.

Podcast Guest Appearances

Can We Get Clean Energy Without Dirty Mines?

In 2021, global sales of electric vehicles more than doubled. This year, automakers are projected to make another huge gain, driven by soaring gas prices and new models with increased range. Getting away from gas-powered vehicles is essential to transition to a clean energy economy. But it’s not all good news on the clean energy front. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has disrupted global supply chains, and roiled markets for nickel and other commodities used for renewables and batteries.