Grassroots Movement to Move Beyond Coal to Clean Energy

There is no way around it: Coal kills. That's why there is movement growing across the globe as activists band together to oppose dangerous coal projects in their communities. The Sierra Club supports these efforts by connecting grassroots groups with resources, providing expertise and training, conducting research, pressuring financial institutions, and helping raise the voices of affected people and activists as they stand against multi-national corporations to demand a say in what happens to their air, their land, and their water.

Voices from the Frontlines:

Move Beyond Coal: The Global Movement in 2013

As the coal industry attempts to expand its presence in the world's largest and fastest-developing economies, one truth has emerged: The tide is turning against coal expansion. In 2013, mounting concern over the economic and environmental risks posed by coal swept through large, publicly funded international financial institutions.
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Move Beyond Coal, Now! Victories On the Frontlines

This has allowed growing opposition to stand up, push back, and defeat plant after plant around the world.Coal is caught in a perfect storm of changing market dynamics and fierce grassroots opposition from communities around the world seeking safer, healthier and cheaper clean energy sources to power the future.

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Move Beyond Coal, Now! Voices From the Frontlines of the Global Struggle

From the aquamarine waters off Cirebon Indonesia, to the historic Appalachian mountains of the United States, to the lush biodiversity of the Konkan coast of India communities around the world are issuing a clarion call to end the coal industry's wanton destruction and seize the momentous opportunity clean energy presents. These are their stories.

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Global Exchanges:

The Sierra Club has organized and participated in a number of events and trainings with grassroots groups from around the world to share knowledge and build solidarity with the global movement.

Australia Organizing Training and Coal & Gas Conference: Spring 2013 (Training, Conference)

India Appalachia Community Exchange: Spring 2012 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Indian Partner Perspective, Photos)

South Africa Site Visits: Fall/Winter 2011 (Blog, Photos)

South Africa Climate Negotiations and Activism: Fall/Winter 2011 (Blogs, Photos)

India Appalachia Community Exchange: Fall 2011 (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Indian Partner Perspective)

India Appalachia Community Exchange: Spring 2011 (Blog)

India Site Visits: Spring 2011 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Photos)

India Coal Conference: Spring 2011 (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4)