Sheffield: Sunday 26th October, 16:00-18:00
Lecture Theatre 2, MAPP-LT02, University of Sheffield.
Durham: Monday 27th October, 19:00-21:00
Room ER145, Elvet Riverside 1, Durham University, DH1 3JT
Newcastle: Tuesday 28th October Fine Art lecture hall, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, 7pm-9.30pm
The Dirty Coal tour is coming to the Northern Coal areas – 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.
An Indonesian community activist will be talking about BHP Billiton is planning a series of massive opencast coal mines in the rainforests of Central Kalimantan in Indonesia. This would destroy come of the last pockets of primary rainforest on the island of Borneo, deprive Indigenous Peoples of their livelihoods and pollute water sources relied on by up to a million people. The IndoMet project, BHP Billiton’s coal mining concessions span an area more than twice the size of Greater London.
Come along to hear about the struggles communities face in Colombia and Indonesia 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 The UK 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.
The Colombian visitors will be speaking at venues around Britain the week after the AGM. For details, see londonminingnetwork.org/dirty-coal-tour/.
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You can also get in touch with the Coal Action Network at http://coalaction.org.uk/