Save the Sundarbans in Bangladesh, Stop the Rampal Coal-fired Power Plant!
The Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) joints peoples movements and communities in Bangladesh in their struggle to stop the building of the Rampal coal-fired power plant.
We urge President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to desist from the construction of a project that will not only endanger the lives of the communities near the said power facility but will also contribute to the climate crisis and deepen the vulnerability of Bangladesh to the effects of climate change.
The proposed Rampal coal-fired power plant is located just 14 kilometers north of the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world that is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The coal project will destroy a living and natural protective fence that helps shield communities from the worst impacts seasonal typhoons now made more extreme because of climate change. The Sundarbans mangrove forest also provides various means of livelihood to more than half a million local inhabitants
The APMDD likewise calls on the Export-Import Bank of India to abandon its plan to loan USD 1.6 billion to the state- owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), which is in joint venture with India's National Thermal Power Company (NTPC) through the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company Ltd (BIFPCL).
The APMDD joins the January 7 Global Day of Action against the planned Rampal coal power plant. On this day and in the coming weeks we ask our members and partners to send messages in support of the call to stop the Rampal coal-fired power plant, and direct these messages to:
His Excellency Abdul Hamid
President of Bangladesh
Bangabhaban Road, Dilkusha Avenue
Fax: 88-02-9585502 (Secretary)
APMDD emphatically asserts that coal - a dirty and destructive energy source - is not the answer to the energy needed by people and communities, to the energy needed for sustainable, just and equitable economic development. We call on Bangladesh and all countries to shift from fossil fuels to renewable and clean energy sources such as wind and solar. We call on the those most responsible for climate change – rich industrialized countries – to fulfill their international obligations to mobilize climate finance to enable countries like Bangladesh to make a swift and just transition to sustainable and democratic energy systems.
NO TO RAMPAL COAL POWER PLANT! SAVE THE SUNDARBANS!
COAL IS NOT THE ANSWER, BREAK FREE FROM FOSSIL FUELS STOP FINANCING COAL AND DIRTY ENERGY!
MAKE A SWIFT AND JUST TRANSITION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY!
DELIVER THE CLIMATE FINANCE NEEDED FOR THIS TRANSTION!
Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development
January 6, 2017