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Dirty Coal Tour in Scotland
September 25, 2014
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Glasgow:

Wednesday 29th October, 17:00-19:00

Room 718, Adam Smith Building, University of Glasgow

Edinburgh:

Thursday 30th October, 18:00-20:00

Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL

Glasgow Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1539598392936206/

Edinburgh Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/286553914873586/

Did you know that despite Scotland’s commitments to reducing carbon emissions and promoting climate justice globally, Scotland imported 4 million tonnes of Colombian coal last year? Around 1 million tonnes of it were burned at Longannet, the UK’s 2nd largest power station, right on the banks of the Firth of Forth.

The Dirty Coal tour is coming to Glasgow and Edinburgh – two Colombian community activists will be travelling the UK to raise awareness of the impacts that their communities face at the hands of BHP Billiton, owners of the massive Cerejón mine.

Come along to hear about the struggles communities face in Colombia because of our addiction to fossil fuels, and what you can do to help.

There will also be a chance to find out about opposition to opencast mining here in Scotland, and how you can get involved in campaigns.

The World’s Biggest Mining Company:
BHP Billiton is the biggest mining company in the world, and it’s listed on the London Stock Exchange. That means that lots of people in Britain automatically invest in it without even knowing it – through their banks, insurance companies or pension funds.

BHP Billiton has massive opencast coal operations in Australia, Colombia, South Africa and the USA and wants to begin a new opencast coal mine in the middle of the tropical rainforest in Kalimantan (Borneo) in Indonesia. It also produces oil and gas and is planning a massive expansion of its fracking operations in the USA.

BHP Billiton is holding its London Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 23rd October. Representatives of communities displaced by the company’s operations in Colombia will attend the AGM to demand justice.

More Info:
The Colombian visitors will be speaking at venues around Britain the week after the AGM. For details, see londonminingnetwork.org/dirty-coal-tour/.

For more information, and to sign up to London Mining Network news updates, email contact@londonminingnetwork.org or phone 07903 851695. You can follow us @londonmining and using #dirtycoaltour.

You can also get in touch with the Coal Action Network at http://coalaction.org.uk/