Supporting Grassroots Movements
There is no way around it: Coal kills. The Sierra Club partners with grassroots groups around the world as they demand a say in what happens to their air, land, and water, and as they call for an end to international public financing of dangerous coal projects. We connect locals with resources, provide expertise and training, assist in conducting research, and help raise the voices of affected people and activists as they stand against multinational corporations.
Voices from the Frontlines:
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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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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. This has allowed growing opposition to stand up, push back, and defeat plant after plant around the world.
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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.
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
In 2013, the Sierra Club led an organizer training for coal and gas fighters in Australia, and followed this by participating in the national "Our Land, Our Water, Our Future" conference.
India Appalachia Community Exchange: Spring 2012
In 2012, the Sierra Club took a delegation of Indian activists to Appalachia to meet mountaintop removal advocates fighting to protect their communities in the heart of coal country.
(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Indian Partner Perspective, Photos)
South Africa Site Visits: Fall/Winter 2011
In conjunction with the climate negotiations, the Sierra Club visited coal affected communities and a power plant that received over $800 million in financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
South Africa Climate Negotiations and Activism: Fall/Winter 2011
Around 30 staff and volunteers traveled to South Africa to participate in the climate negotiations and meet fellow activists in one of the largest coal producing countries in the world.
India Appalachia Community Exchange: Fall 2011
In the fall of 2011, the Sierra Club took a delegation of Indian activists to Appalachia to meet mountaintop removal advocates fighting to protect their communities in the heart of coal country.
(Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Indian Partner Perspective)
India Appalachia Community Exchange: Spring 2011
In the spring of 2011, the Sierra Club took a delegation of Indian activists to Appalachia to meet mountaintop removal advocates fighting to protect their communities in Virginia.
India Site Visits: Spring 2011
A team of Sierra Club staff and volunteers travelled to India to meet local activists fighting the impacts of coal mines and power projects, including those displaced by the Sasan coal-fired power project in Singrauli, which received over $900 million in financing from the US Export-Import Bank.
(Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Photos)
India Coal Conference: Spring 2011
A team of Sierra Club staff and volunteers facilitated a four day conference with activists fighting to protect communities from dangerous coal projects in India.
(Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4)