London mining Network member group Down to Earth organised a ‘Deadly Coal’ tour in Europe for activists from JATAM, the Indonesian network against destructive mining.
Siti Maemunah and Kahar visited Brussels, the Netherlands, London, Edinburgh and the Happendon Woods occupation in South Lanarkshire, Scotland, where climate change activists are working to prevent Scottish Coal opening yet another open cast coal mine in an area where communities already feel under heavy pressure from existing open cast mines.
Deadly Coal Tour
Two Indonesian activists visited Happendon Woods (Lanarkshire) as part of their ‘deadly coal’ tour. Siti Maemunah (Mai) and Kahar (Ocha) were made to feel very welcome- and a long and fruitful discussion took place about the extraction of coal around the world and resistance to the corporations and politicians behind the industry. Indonesia is the world’s largest exporter of thermal coal – supplying power stations and generating electricity in India, China, Europe and elsewhere around the world. Being global number one has brought wealth for a small number of the elite but for ordinary Indonesians living in the main coal mining zones of Kalimantan, the ‘coal rush’ means damaged livelihoods, ruined farmland and fisheries, plus health and social problems.
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