Six-week long campaign against coal in Sindh

Published: September 18, 2019
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Representational image. PHOTO: REUTERS

Representational image. PHOTO: REUTERS

KARACHI: The six-week-long ‘Peoples’ Action Against Coal and for Climate Justice’ campaign, organised by the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) will continue till September 30. The PFF has demanded the end of coal imports, of mining and coal power generation in Pakistan.

The campaign against coal comprises of mobilisation for environmental justice, awareness, and sensitisation among all stakeholders including the fishing, peasant and Thar’s pastoralist communities, federal and provincial governments, lawmakers, civil society members, NGOs, and others.

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Peoples Caravan will travel through different districts of Sindh during the second phase of the campaign. It will cover more 1,000km of distance over 10 days, starting from Karachi Press Club and ending at Hyderabad Press Club. The second phase of the campaign will last from September 20 to September 30.

Initiatives to stop the use of coal have been taken across the world, some of the most notable ones being the 1995 Kyoto Protocols and the more recent Paris Agreement 2016. The initiatives resulted out of a realisation that climate change is a global concern and if the coal industry pays the complete price of electricity generation, the price of electricity will increase three-fold.

During the United Nations Summit, Pakistan had committed to decrease its greenhouse gas emissions by 5 per cent, while at home it is expanding its coal industry.  

Published in The Express Tribune, September 18th, 2019.

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  • adil
    Sep 18, 2019 - 12:58PM

    Coal still provides 27% of USA total electricity FY 2018. Further, the use of coal in India and China also makes up over 50% of total electricity generation mix. Considering their total energy supply is more than six times Pakistan’s, the campaign against coal is a bit irrational. Pakistan’s needs cheap energy sources, and coal presents both cheap and indigenous energy source. Also, currently coal only provided 2 MMTOE of electricity supply in Pakistan.Recommend

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