Tackling Climate Change Means Stopping India on Coal

India’s Fight Against Coal

In India, the fight against coal is a life or death matter. Like in many parts of the global South, extractive energy industries are under increased fire and stand accused, among other things, of murdering protesters. Indian farmers, fishermen and indigenous communities are resisting their lands being taken forcibly from them, while protecting their livelihoods against local pollution impacts.

Climate Fears from the Mangrove Delta

The Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest and delta straddling Bangladesh and India, pays one of the highest prices for climate change. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is home to endangered Bengal tigers, river dolphins and Olive Ridley turtles. Over 4 million people live in the delta, relying largely on fishing. It forms a natural barrier against severe weather from the Indian Ocean for the vast, low-lying Ganges plain stretching towards the Himalayas.

Seeking Leaders to Abandon Coal

Despite its developed renewables sector, Germany is another coal-heavy country that is continuing to debate its business of lignite, the world’s dirtiest coal. One obstacle to the phase-out is people’s identity, which has long been connected to coal.

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Steve Rushton

Steve Rushton

Freelance journalist focused on political alternatives, universal rights and ecological survival