The growing voice of the world's anti-coal movement united on Saturday to strengthen the call to End the Age of Coal.
With more than 70 activities in 13 countries, the anti-coal message was spread far and wide.
When scientists, academics, musicians, writers, environmental leaders, former politicians, religious leaders, artists and health professions unite to tell the big banks to stop funding fossil fuels, it's time to listen.
Greece’s current energy policy is a testament to the power of activists fighting dirty power in favour of clean energy. Through a series of joint lobbying and demonstration activities, the Greek “Coalition Against coal” was victorious in 2009 when the Greek government declared that all previous plans for new brown coal factories were cancelled. The coalition proved that standing united for the environment can bring huge victories.
Pollution from coal projects is literally making Americans sick, leading to as many as 13,000 premature deaths every year and more than $100 billion in annual health costs. In the U.S., 1 out of 10 children suffers from asthma — it is the number-one illness that causes kids to miss school. Half of U.S. families live in places with unsafe air. Pollution from coal-fi red power plants leads to smog, which can cause chest pain, coughing, and breathing difficulties. Smog can make conditions like bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma worse or even fatal. Coal pollution
June Norman (72) might look like your average grandma. But on 1 June 2013 she started an epic 1,186 kilometre journey on foot from Cairns to Gladstone to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
When residents of Krefeld, Germany, learned there was a proposal to build a new coal-fired power plant in their backyard, they were determined to fight till it was stopped. Already facing dangerous and deadly air pollution from numerous steel, chemical, and coal facilities, the people of Krefeld spent five years fighting to stop this new threat to their health.
Maharashtra, India is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years. The Upper Wardha dam in Amravati, Maharashtra has always been a lifeline for surrounding cities and towns. But its precious water resources—which are meant to irrigate fields—are being diverted to coal fired power plants, on a massive scale.
Chicago once held the inglorious distinction of being the last major US city with two coal plants in its borders. The Fisk and Crawford plants loomed over the neighbourhoods of Pilsen and Little Village, working class communities located on the southwest side of the city.