Greenpeace, villagers fight to keep coal mining from ‘life-giving’ Mahan forest in India’s energy capital

Greenpeace, villagers fight to keep coal mining from ‘life-giving’ Mahan forest in India’s energy capital

Originally published on ABC 08/07/15   Photo: Aaron Hollett To the people who live in central India’s Mahan forest, it is paradise. Anita Kushwaha, from the forest’s Budher village, says all the plants have some use. When the Mahua fruit is in season, she sells bags of it at the...

Soil mining continues unabated on Palora Hill

Soil mining continues unabated on Palora Hill

Originally published on The Hindu by Mithosh Joseph   Despite protests by residents and environmental organisations, the mining of soil from Palora Hill for various construction works continues to take place, allege residents. A people’s action committee constituted to save the hillock from mining alleges that the local police are...

The Horrors of Rat Hole Coal Mining

The Horrors of Rat Hole Coal Mining

This video by Michael T Miller shows the dramatic human and environmental cost of India’s ‘rat hole mines’. They are unregulated, tear people away from other livelihoods (agriculture and fishing) then foster a feeling of dependency on them....

The Bloody Illegal World of Sand Mining

The Bloody Illegal World of Sand Mining

Video Created by Wired with photographer Adam Ferguson.   Sand Mining is largely unregulated, dangerous and illegal. It occurs throughout the world but with especial impunity on the Indian subcontinent where rivers are deepened by as mush as 10 feet. This video provides a helpful snapshot of this underreported element of extractive...

‘We will never give our land’. In India millions protest removal of the need for local consent in land acquisition for mining.

‘We will never give our land’. In India millions protest removal of the need for local consent in land acquisition for mining.

Original posted on Yahoo News India. Article and photography by Rohini Mohan   Nirupabai from Barkuta and Lalubai from Vidyanagar protest against mining expansion at the public hearing in Korba, … In the last week of February, the first week of Parliament’s summer session, Delhi was festooned with protest. Men in...

Mining in India: Films

Mining in India: Films

Aljazeera: India’s Coal Rush This film documents the expansion of India’s energy sector, reliant on coal fired power stations, and its trail of violence, manipulation, landlessness and poverty. The film speaks to both those who benefit, and those who are most affected, by India’s huge coal mining industry. India: Coughing...

Mining in India: Reports

Mining in India: Reports

Out of Control: Mining, Regulatory Failure, and Human Rights in India This report, by Human Rights Watch, documents how the Indian government has failed to enforce environmental and social safeguards in the mining industry. Based on interviews with  over 80 people in Goa, Karnataka and New Delhi the report documents the systematic...

Greenpeace: Coal in India

Greenpeace — Greenpeace: Coal in India

Countering Coal This report by Greenpeace and Kalpavriksh, exposes the environmental damage and human rights violations in the forests of Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh, an epicentre of mineral extraction in India. From talking to over 500 different ‘forest dwellers’ the report highlights violations in the constitutional rights of these communities...

The God of the Mountain: Vedanta’s Assault on Niyamgiri

The God of the Mountain: Vedanta’s Assault on Niyamgiri

Odisha, in Eastern India, is an ecologically rich and diverse landscape. Adivasis (‘original dwellers’) constitute around twenty percent of the population in Odisha but almost half of those displaced by development projects. With foreign companies eager to exploit the vast mineral reserves hidden beneath the soil, in 2009, of fifteen...