Petition Closed
Petitioning Mrs. Sheikh Hasina and 2 others

Stop the construction of Phulbari coal mine


According to the UN report, if opened, the proposed coal mine would immediately displace an estimated 50,000 to 130,000 Bangladeshi people, with up to 220,000 potentially being affected over time as irrigation channels and wells dry up.

In addition, the project would reportedly extract 572 million tons of coal over the next 36 years from a site covering nearly 6,000 hectares, and destroy some 12,000 hectares of productive agricultural land.

The mine also could potentially destroy waterways supporting 1,000 fisheries and nearly 50,000 fruit trees. Access to safe drinking water for some 220,000 people is at stake.

 

Letter to
Mrs. Sheikh Hasina
Mrs. Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Mrs. Sheikh Hasina
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

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Stop the construction of Phulbari coal mine

Dear Mrs.Sheikh Hasina ,

I am writing to express my concern regarding the Phulbari open-pit coal mine.

According to a recent UN report, if opened, the proposed coal mine would immediately displace an estimated 50,000 to 130,000 people, with up to 220,000 potentially being affected over time as irrigation channels and wells dry up.

In addition, the project would reportedly extract 572 million tons of coal over the next 36 years from a site covering nearly 6,000 hectares, and destroy some 12,000 hectares of productive agricultural land.

The Phulbari development plan would displace vulnerable farming communities, and threaten the livelihoods of thousands more by doing irreversible damage to water sources and ecosystems in the region. The consequences of the open-coal mine would primarily affect indigenous populations which are already living in vulnerable conditions.

I do believe that displacement on this scale, particularly of indigenous peoples, is unacceptable without the indigenous peoples’ free, prior and informed consent, and poses an immediate threat to safety and standards of living.

The mine also could potentially destroy waterways supporting 1,000 fisheries and nearly 50,000 fruit trees. Access to safe drinking water for some 220,000 people is at stake.

I will urge you to take proper initiative to secure the life and property, right to food, water and livelihood of up to 220,000 people in and around Phulbari, Bangladesh.

I thank you for your attention to this important matter.
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Sincerely,