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Environmental Groups Express Worldwide Disapproval of World Bank Action on Indian Coal Plant

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Groups Tell Dr. Kim: No to Financing Tata Mundra
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Contact: 
Dan Byrnes (202) 495-3039 or daniel.byrnes@sierraclub.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, 68 groups from 28 countries across six continents sent a letter to World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim condemning the World Bank Group’s continued support for a deadly coal project in Gujarat, India. This action comes on the heels of a letter from over 100 groups in India demanding that the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation withdraw funding from the project, Tata Power’s 4,000-megawatt Mundra coal-fired power plant.

 

In response, the groups released the following statement:

 

"The worldwide disapproval of Dr. Kim’s actions show that this is not an isolated drive to move from coal to clean energy, but rather a global movement. The clean energy revolution is gaining momentum as communities band together to demand their right to clean air, drinkable water, and access to land and livelihoods. The fact is, it’s unacceptable to sacrifice local residents to coal development. In fact, it goes against Dr. Kim's public health advocacy, his commitment to fight climate disruption, and especially the World Bank’s new energy strategy. It’s time Dr. Kim holds the World Bank Group accountable for its failures and withdraws from the dangerous Tata Mundra project.”

 

View the letter here: sc.org/mundra-letter

 

Groups signing on to the letter include: Sierra Club, US; Jubilee, Australia; Market Forces, Australia; Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), Bangladesh; Initiative for Right View, Bangladesh; Participatory Research Action Network-PRAN, Bangladesh; VOICE, Voices for Interactive Choice and Action, Bangladesh; 11.11.11 Coalition of the Flemish North South movement, Belgium; Carbon Market Watch, Belgium; CNCD11.11.11 (Centre national de coopération au développement), Belgium; Center for Environment, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Environment and Society Association, Colombia; Les Amis de la Terre, France; Urgewald, Germany; Abibiman Foundation, Ghana; AKSIi!F for gender, social and ecological justice, Indonesia; Debtwatch, Indonesia; Greenpeace Indonesia, Indonesia; Indonesia Civil Society Forum for Climate Justice (CSFCJI), Indoneisa; Norman Jiwan, Indonesia; UKPWR community against Coal, Indonesia; Re:Common, Italy; Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES), Japan; Jamaa Resource Initiatives, Kenya; Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development, Kosovo; Centre for Human Rights and Development, Mongolia; Gobi Soil, Mongolia; OT Watch, Mongolia; Jal Sarokar Kendra, Nepal; BankTrack, Netherlands; Both ENDS, Netherlands; Climate Change Network Nigeria, Nigeria; Alyansa Tigil Mina, Philippines; Quercus – Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza, Portugal; Earthlife Africa Jhb, South Africa; National Fisheries Solidarity Movement, Sri Lanka; Taiwan Environmental Protection Union, Taiwan; Zanzibar Climate Change Alliance, Tanzania; Green World Education Foundation, Thailand; Accountability Counsel, U.S.; Bank Information Center, U.S.; Center for Biological Diversity, U.S.; Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), U.S.; Earth Day Network, U.S.; Feminist Task Force, U.S.; Friends of the Earth U.S., U.S.; Inclusive Development International, U.S.; Institute for Policy Studies, Climate Policy Program, U.S.; Oil Change International, U.S.; Pacific Environment, U.S.; World Team Now, U.S.; Bretton Woods Project, UK; Climate and Health Council, UK; Forest Peoples Programme, UK; Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks), UK; The Corner House, UK; World Development Movement, UK; National Ecological Centre of Ukraine, Ukraine; CHANGE (Center of Handson Actions and Networking for Growth and Environment), Vietnam; Development Centre (GreenID), Vietnam; Green Innovation, Vietnam; 350.org; Alpe Adria Green; Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe; Greenpeace International; Kyoto2; NGO Forum on ADB, Asia-Pacific; SEE Change Net

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