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.
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in America aims to replace the coal industry in America with ‘clean energy’, and mobilise grassroots activists against outdated and polluting coal technologies; coal being responsible for a third of the US carbon emissions.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 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.
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.
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.
- Anti-coal campaign document, tells various stories from across America alongside steps from ‘awareness to advocacy’
- Partnership toolkit, detailing the aims of the campaign and encouraging partnership
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
Other Regional Campaigns
- AidWatch: campaign against use of aid in funding mining projects
- Caroona Coal Action Group: campaigning against coal projects in the Liverpool plains
- CoalWatch: interactive resource to track ongoing and planned coal projects in Victoria
- Greenpeace Australia: various campaigns, useful infographics and video resources on mining in Australia
- People Against Coal Expansion (PACE): Focusing on the Newcastle area
- Quit Coal: Melbourne based collective with focus on a coal and gas free Victoria
- RisingTide Australia: grassroots group campaigning in Newcastle the world’s largest coal port
- SixDegrees: campaign against coal in Queensland
- Get UP: Campaigning against the expanding coal seam gas industry
- Citizens Against Strip Mining: News and resources for campaign in Canada
- CoalWatch Comox Valley: Citizen group in British Colombia
- MiningWatch Canada: pan-Canadian initiative focusing on many aspects of mining
- Ontario Clean Air Alliance: campaigning for renewable and clean energy, succeeded in phasing out coal-fired power in Ontario
- Wilderness Committee: campaigns in a variety of areas linked to preservation of environment in Canada
- North Shore Colombia Solidarity Committee: Massachusetts activists highlight human rights violations in coal sourced from Colombia
- Witness for Peace: Coal Mining Giants, stop abuses in Colombia campaign
- Conservation Action Committee: visual mapping of coal related emissions and pollution
- Kalpavriksh Environment Action Group
- Vasudha Foundation: leading a variety of environmental campaigns
- Other links relating to coal in India available in Supporting Evidence section of this website, alongside a collection of films.
- Down to Earth Indonesia: Coal Campaign
- Greenpeace SouthEast Asia: numerous campaigns and resources including QuitCoal Indonesia.
- Auckland Coal Coalition: Mobilising people to stop new coal mines
- Coal Action Network Aotearoa: local and regional groups against coal mine expansion in Aotearoa
- GroundWork: environmental justice organisation leading a campaign against coal
- Greenpeace Africa: Poisoned People report and report on health impacts caused by Eskom’s activities in South Africa
- The Coal Hole: Direct Action against Coal in the UK
- Greenpeace UK
- London Mining Network
- Scotland Against New Coal: opposed to the building of new coal projects in Scotland
- Alliance for Appalachia: campaign against mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian mountains
- Appalachian Voices: Focusing on southern Appalachian region and coals impact
- Black Warrior Riverkeeper: Alabama based campaign against coal mining along Black Warrior river
- Centre for Coalfield Justice: Citizens mining network to improve regulation and policy in extraction
- Citizens Against Longwall Mining: Central Illinois campaign against coal mine in Hillsboro
- Citizens Against the Mesaba Project: opposing coal power plant in Itasca county Minnesota
- Citizens Coal Council: inform and empower communities affected by mining
- Coal Diver: collection of information, data and sources relating to coal mining, mainly in the US
- Coal River Mountain Watch: Southern West Virginia and Mountaintop removal
- Coal Train Facts: monitoring west coast coal exports
- EarthWorks: campaigns against destructive mineral extraction
- Energy Justice Network: Coal a Dangerous Power
- Friends of the Mountains: Network of mountaintop removal campaigners
- Greenpeace USA
- Heartland Coalfield Alliance: campaigning against dirty coal mining, coal burning and coal waste disposal in the Illinois Coal Basin
- Mountain Justice: anti-Mountain top removal mining in Appalachia and elsewhere
- RAMPS: Direct action in southern coalfields of West Virginia including Appalachia
- RisingTide North America
- Sierra Club: prominent organisation leading BeyondCoal campaign
- SouthWings: Conservation through Aviation, collecting data in South-east US
- Stand Up to Coal: Central Illinois campaign by an association of farmers, landowners and communities
- US campaign by EarthJustice against coal ash contaminates, the toxic residue left from coal-fired power stations
- PowerPast Coal: campaign largely confined to the US but with some global focus that is seeking to stop coal export from the West Coast.
- ValleyWatch: campaigns in lower Ohio Valley
- Western Mining Action Network: critical forum for activists opposing mining in US/Canada