Campaigns Against Coal

Globally numerous diverse organisations and individuals are leading campaigns against the destructive impacts of coal minings, one of the most polluting and destructive industries. Atmospheric pollution, mine waste, effects from the burning of coal, and water pollution all result from the coal mining process. Examples of mountaintop removal mining present stark environmental damages, whereas in open cut and underground mines in some of the poorest areas of the world, the safety provisions for workers are almost non-existent.

Beyond Coal

A campaign by the Sierra Club in America aims to replace the coal industry in America with ‘clean energy’, and mobilise grassroots activists against outdated and polluting coal technologies; coal being responsible for a third of the US carbon emissions. The campaign aims to

  • retire a third of the US’s 500 coal plants by 2020
  • Replace these with clean energy solutions
  • Keep coal in the ground in areas of outstanding beauty such as the Appalacian Mountains.

The campaign provides extensive documentation of water pollution issues, of which 72% of toxic water pollution comes from coal-fired power plants, and the environmental and health affects resulting from widespread atmosperhic pollution. It explores the huge problem of coal ash waste providing a useful infographic, and the mountaintop removal mining taking place in some of the USA’s most pristine areas.

A report: Dangerous Waters: America’s Coal Ash Crisis, documents the ongoing pollution crisis across a number of american states.


End Coal


End Coal are concerned with the cost of coal on human and environmental health worldwide, a global network of activists who share a vision of a sustainable future. The Website provides resources for local communities, activists, students and researchers, to learn more about why coal is not the solution to the world energy appetite, and to work towards stopping the expansion of coal and providing alternatives.

It contains a section debunking prevailing coal myths and a global PlantTracker that provides a mapping of proposed coal projects since 2010 containing information on status, size, sponsers and carbon emissions. Also Coal Wire, a weekly news bulletin, provides information on the most significant developments in the global coal industry and resistance.

Factsheet: Impacts of Coal on Health and the Environment


The Coal Action Network

Coal Action Network, a UK based campaign, aims to inform and support organisations and individuals in taking action to stop coal power, linking community struggles, engaging in direct action and disseminating useful information.

CAN provides information on the regional specific campaigns and a mapping of existing an proposed coal projects across the UK.


CoalSwarm intends to create a base of collaborative information for worldwide peoples in movements against the coal industry, it contains over 8000 articles, regional specific focuses, and is an opensource reference that is constantly expanding, that anyone can utilise and contirbute to.


Waterkeeper Alliance Anti-Coal Campaign: The Dirty Lie

The Waterkeeper Alliance’s campaign, The Dirty Lie, seeks to accelerate the phasing out of coal in the United States energy sector.

Quit Coal

Campaign from Greenpeace focusing upon the coal industry in the United States.  Has a useful visual map on its homepage, a large selection of evidence supporting the anti-coal movement, stories told by people across America, and also community forums for people to connect with each other in the fight against coal

Quit Coal intends to be a place to share ideas, tell stories, access information and join together in the fight against coal energy in America.



The True Cost of Coal

This report by Greenpeace explores how coal, the cheapest fuel, carries huge external costs including respiratory diseases, mining accidents, acid rain, atmospheric pollution, reduced agricultural yields and climate change. It asks the question:just how much are we paying?

Silent Killers: Why Europe Must Replace Coal Power with Green Energy

This report by Greenpeace explores the problems that would arise if the coal-fired power plants currently planned were operational, particularly the premature deaths resulting from coal pollution; in 2010 it was estimated that 240,000 life years were lost due to adverse impacts from the EU coal industry.

False Hope: Why Carbon Capture and Storage Won’t Save the Plant

This report by Greenpeace explores how carbon capture and storage is being used to justify the construction of new coal-fired power plants, a technology largely unproven.

PT KPC/Bumi Resources Deadly Coal: Ecological and Social Crisis caused by KPC/Bumi Resources’ Coal Production

This report by Indoesian anti-mining network JATAM, explores the largest coal mine in Indonesia, operated by Bumi Resources and TATA India, associated with human rights abuses and environmental contamination.

The Health Impact of Coal: The responsibility that coal-fired power stations bear for ambient air quality associated impacts. 

This report by Groundwork explores the negative health impacts from coal. In South Africa, the health and livelihoods of people in the Highveld region are at serious risk; Eskom and its coal-fired power stations are driving poor air quality and increasing the prevalence of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Accompanied by film: How Eskom’s Coal Kills


South African Coal Mining: Corporate Grievance Mechanisms, Community Engagement Concerns and Mining Impacts. 

This report by the Benchmarks Foundation, explores South Africa’s coal sector, providing an overview of serious negative impacts, shortcomings of policies, and documenting issues of corporate responsibility and human rights

South Africa

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