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Thursday, November 24, 2011


The forests are under threat from coal mining.
  • Coal mining in the Chandrapur region of Maharashtra is destroying a tiger habitat[1].
  • In Singrauli it has displaced people[2].
  • Coal mining also causes air pollution and destroys water sources.
Still the coal and power ministries want more coal.
There is a huge rush to open up forest areas for coal mining. The Ministry of Environment and Forests is under tremendous pressure to allow this forest destruction.[3] The ongoing debate is one sided and the forests need all the help they can get. Public opposition to the destruction of forests must be seen now. Together, we can stop this!
We need a peoples' movement like Chipko,[4] or the current anti-corruption movement. So take this pledge to protect our forests from mining and show the government that we want our forests to remain intact.
You should pledge your support to forests because they are too valuable to be destroyed by mining.
The loss of forests is sad to imagine so we are trying to remind people of the joy that these beautiful places bring to so many - the joy one experiences while reading or watching the poignant images painted by stories like the Jungle Book.
These forests must be protected. There is enough coal in existing mines, along with renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures to meet our power needs.[5] Destroying more forests is unnecessary.
Time is against us, we need to get together and act fast before all the forests disappear. Take action, help save the forests now.
Don’t forget to forward this mail to as many friends as possible.
Thanks a billion!
Picture of Preethi Herman
Preethi Herman
Climate and Energy Campaigner,
Greenpeace India.
PS: Greenpeace is an independent organisation funded by individuals like you. Your contribution will help further the struggle to save our forests. You will also get a Greenpeace organic cotton grocery bag to carry your non-GM, organic groceries as a thank you for your contribution. Click here to chip in.


  1. Coal mining poses threat to forests, tigers in Chanda: Report, The Times of India, November 23, 2011
  2. Coal mining in Singrauli leading to health hazards: Greenpeace, www.msn.com, September 16, 2011
  3. Allow mining in 90% no-go zones', Hindustan Times, October 29 2010
  4. Chipko Movement, eco-india.com
  5. Renewable energy can power the world, says landmark IPCC study, The Guardian, May 9, 2011
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