The UK’s coal burn is not just having a huge impact on climate, writes Anne Harris. It’s also devastating communities in the UK, Russia, Colombia and other nations that supply our coal power stations. Those impacted are doing their best to resist the mining companies that are destroying their land, stealing their homes and polluting their air and water. But they need our help!
Coal burnt in the UK is a product of enormous human rights abuses and ecological destruction in Russia, Colombia and the USA, according to a new report from the Coal Action Network.
The report, ‘Ditch Coal’ adds the human and localised environmental story to the better known impacts coal burning has on climate change and health.
It also shows why the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change’s ‘a new direction for UK energy policy‘ speech, last November, was so disappointing and inadequate, despite its apparent – but in fact highly conditional – promise to phase out coal power generation by 2025.
Read the rest of the article Ditch Coal now! The global destruction caused by the UK’s coal power generation at the Ecologist here.