Filed Under: South Asia

Updates Campaigns & Projects

Vietnam raises the heat on CommonBank to protect the Great Barrier Reef with an awesome music party!

In the past week communities across Australia and the planet held powerful actions at over 60 CommBank branches and raised the heat on CommBank and laid the foundations for a movement that won’t stop until the Bank rules out financing for the Galilee Basin mega coal mines. Among those that participated are the youth volunteers from 350.org... (More...)
Coal Coal Divestment East Asia Fossil Fuels South Asia

The Rising Cost of Climate Impacts in India

The impacts of climate change over the last few years have been growing in scale and suffering as the poorest and the most vulnerable in India take the biggest hit. Take the recent crop devastation caused by unprecedented hail storms in central and southern India where over a 100 farmers committed suicide unable to bear... (More...)
Climate Impacts South Asia Uncategorized

Udaan- India Power Shift

It started with a reminder of the powerul Salt March of 1930 that Mahatma Gandhi lead in India, taking hordes of people with him on a march to the small town of Dandi on the Arabian sea coast to break an unjust law and sow the seeds of a civil disobedient independence movement in India.... (More...)
Power Shift South Asia

Answer us Dr Jim Kim.

Mundra a small town in the state of Gujarat, India was well-known for salt and spice trading in the past. Now the town stands as an ironic example of inequality and injustice. While the Coastal Gujarat Power Limited (CGPL), Tata Power’s wholly-owned subsidiary, claims TATA Mundra to be India’s most efficient and clean thermal power... (More...)
Actions/Demonstrations Corruption South Asia

Let the truth prevail: Confronting the Power Finance Corporation Limited, India

I usually find news paper advertisements boring, but a small invite to pre-bid conference for proposed   4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP) caught my attention.  Ignoring a restraining order by the National Green Tribunal India, the project promoter Power Finance Corporation Limited, India has announced bid process for UMPP proposed in Cheyyur District of Indian State of Tamil Nadu. In past  PFC has lied to the people and authorities of Cheyyur about upcoming project and  now they were trying to hide facts from investors as well.  Someone had to put an end to all lying. So we at 350 India, decided to confront the concerned authorities and warn the investors as well. With help from our friends at Community Environment Monitoring, a list of fraudulent statements and misrepresentations used by Coastal Tamil Nadu Power Ltd to facilitate environmental clearances for 4000 MW Cheyyur UMPP was prepared.  The plan was to hand out these letters to the potential investors warning them of risks associated with this project.

It was bit difficult to blend in the suit clad crowd and pretend to be as one of  interested developer. However the short film on the project site followed by a presentation boosting about state of the art technologies being adopted to protect environment, made us laugh and even  more determined to expose the lies in the Environment Impact Assessment report submitted by the PFC officials. During the open discussion, one by one we started asking hard hitting questions about court orders & land acquisition. While the authorities tried to duck these questions few more investors expressed their concerns over the way the clearance was sought.  Suddenly from technical discussion the focus shifted to environment and forest concerns.  However the key moment was when we directly mentioned about the fraudulent claims and walked to deliver the letter to the panel. All eyes were glued to us as we were distributing  the letter in middle of the meeting.  We were hoping we would be asked to leave immediately, but the organizers were too shocked to react and we got stay till the end of the meeting. 

Answering anxious investors.

As we prepared to leave the conference we were surrounded by anxious investors asking for a copy of the letter. Soon we ran out of copies of letter. We never expected our small action would be taken so seriously by investors present.  No wonder we were not invited for post conference lunch for the organizers.

Warning investors of Cheyyur UMPP

The small action was in solidarity with people of Cheyyur, fighting to save their land and water resouces.        Visit  http://cheyyur.wordpress.com/ for more information on the campaign.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

(More...)
Actions/Demonstrations South Asia

Switch off Tata Mundra

The World Bank refuses to recognize its own policy violations and the serious impacts of financing a deadly coal plant in Mundra, India. Let’s put pressure on World Bank’s president, Dr. Jim Kim, and make them stop ignoring the facts.

Sign the petition

Rampal plant in Bangladesh

Join the struggle to stop Rampal coal plant — a massive dirty project that could create devastating and irreversible impacts on the beautiful forests of  the Sundarbans.

Join the Campaign