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Priya Pillai speaks to UK MPs despite being barred from travelling to the UK

Posted by petespeller — 15 January 2015 at 4:47pm - Comments
Priya Pillai speaks to members of the UK APPG on Indo-British relations via Skyp
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Undeterred by the government of India trying to halt her speech when she was barred from boarding her flight to London, Greenpeace India campaigner Priya Pillai stuck to her commitment of taking the voices of struggle from Mahan to a global stage and addressed a gathering of MPs at the Parliament in London on Wednesday.

Supreme court order kills Essar’s plans

Posted by Akshey Kalra — 25 September 2014 at 1:59pm - Comments
Women peacefully protesting in Mahan
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Peaceful Forest Protest in India

If you haven't heard so far, the Supreme Court of India cancelled 214 coal blocks allocated to private companies since 1993, deeming them illegal. And one of these coal blocks brings us to the story of Mahan, one of the oldest Sal forests in Asia and livelihood to more than 50,000 people.

View from the coal face

Posted by Fran G — 23 September 2014 at 3:18pm - Comments
Greenpeace activist on top of a coal train with power station in the background
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Activist on the coal train

I can see the giant towers of the Cottam coal power plant looming on the horizon from my perch on top of a heap of coal, in the carriage of a coal supply train.

People vs coal

Posted by Lawrence Carter — 23 September 2014 at 2:39pm - Comments
Activist with a bag of coal from the train, with address label to Vladimir Putin
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Coal ready to be returned to sender

BREAKING: More than 50 people have stopped a train carrying coal to Cottam power station and are now unloading its climate-wrecking cargo. The train, transporting around 1,500 tonnes of coal to be burned in the power station’s furnaces, was flagged down safely this afternoon as it approached the power station.

The Mahan Story — It Takes a Village

Posted by Anonymous — 26 August 2014 at 5:07pm - Comments
Local people from Mahan, India, protest against a proposed coal mine.
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Local people in Mahan, central India, come together to oppose mining in their forests.

In the village it is pitch dark by 7.30 pm. At the designated spot for the meeting, there are about 15 or 20 villagers holding solar lanterns. The meeting lasts over two hours and throughout that time, people keep coming and joining the conversation. Halfway into the meeting, I turn around to steal a quick look at the crowd and I am surprised at how large the group has become! It’s about a 100 people sitting, standing, leaning against their houses and trees, listening intently and waiting for their turn to speak.

Crackdown and arrests of activists: a first-hand account

Posted by Vivek Goyal — 30 July 2014 at 3:59pm - Comments
Peaceful protest in India
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Peaceful protest in India

Last month, Emma Gibson wrote about her visit to the forest in Mahan, India. Villagers and Greenpeace staff have been facing threats and intimidation there because of their attempts to stop the forest being cut down in pursuit of the coal that lies underneath.

Things are really hotting up now, with fresh arrests and intimidation occurring in the lead up to a village meeting and vote called the Gram Sabha. At the Gram Sabha villagers will be asked to vote to on giving up their historic rights to live and work in the forest in order to make way for a coal mine.

Greenpeace India's 'big fight' over coal

Posted by emmagibson — 10 June 2014 at 5:32pm - Comments
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Priya Pillai and 400 fellow villagers demand release of Bechanlal

They call this part of northern India the Badlands because it's renowned for its lawlessness. It certainly feels like the wild west and instead of the gold rush, it's a coal rush with companies like British-listed Essar making this area feel like a new frontier. 

In pictures: the parasitic bond between water and coal

Posted by Angela Glienicke — 19 March 2014 at 5:55pm - Comments
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Coal barges come down the Mahakam river in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo

It’s World Water Day on Saturday and this year’s theme highlights the facts that water is needed to produce nearly all forms of energy and the demand for both is rising.

Resistance to deforestation and mining: a story of modern India

Posted by Paul Morozzo — 22 January 2014 at 1:28pm - Comments
Climbers dressed as tigers unfurl a banner on Essar's India HQ
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An Indian energy company is planning to destroy valuable forests to mine coal

The story behind protests that happened today in both London and Mumbai is the story of modern India, and how it turns out will ultimately have implications for us all.

Essar - a giant Indian energy corporation - is building a coal power plant in central Indian state of Madya Pradesh. The plant needs millions of tons of coal to operate, and that coal lies beneath the nearby forests of Mahan, a rich habitat that supports the lives and livelihoods of over 14,000 people from 14 villages.

UK energy - where are we at?

Posted by kcumming — 6 December 2013 at 2:16pm - Comments
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What a month for the Big 6! Whether cuts to energy efficiency measures, a green light for unabated coal burning, fracking tax breaks that lock in the UK’s reliance on gas, or the multi-billion pound windfall due to companies like EDF and Centrica from an unchanged carbon floor price, the energy giants have won another round at the expense of ordinary people.

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