A Call-out from Avaaz, a world-wide, online citizens advocacy group
Posted October 19th on Niagara At Large
Banks are dishing out millions to build a planet-frying coal plant, right next door to the mega forest that’s home to some of the last Bengal Tigers.
It’s the worst example of our disconnection from nature and corporate greed gone mad, but we can stop it. After a leaked UN report slammed the project in Bangladesh, we went straight to the international banks.
Now they’re scrambling to figure out what to do and how to protect their brands from a global scandal. If we turn up the pressure on JPMorgan, Crédit Agricole and others, we can make this so toxic that they’ll quit the project for good. Both JPMorgan and Crédit Agricole have ditched similar projects in the past.
Let’s build a million-strong cry to save the tigers and convince their CEOs to pull out.
Click here to save the last tigers The Sundarbans is the world’s largest mangrove forest and one of the few places on Earth with over a hundred Bengal Tigers.
It’s been classified as a World Heritage Site because it’s such a uniquely biodiverse ecosystem. UNESCO and experts agree that building the giant Rampal coal plant next door would seriously harm the mangrove forest and the species living there.
JPMorgan has a policy to not harm World Heritage sites. Deutsche Bank said it won’t finance a coal project that threatened the Great Barrier Reef. And Crédit Agricole pledged to not invest in Rampal. But they’re helping raise cash for this deadly project, and now they know it’s an environmental disaster!
Let’s call them out and get them to pull their support. Local activists have been fighting hard to stop the plant. Now, they’re calling on us for help. Let’s get a million voices to save the tigers’ home from dirty coal: Click here to save the last tigers
We know about the threat of climate change to our existence, but we’re only beginning to understand another great crisis — biodiversity loss. This much is clear — the last few unspoiled parts of our Earth must be protected to sustain our intricate ecosystems. They mustn’t be opened up to the most polluting energy on Earth!
Let’s come together to make sure our planet wins over corporate profit in the Sundarbans.
With hope and determination,
Risalat, Iain, Alice, Christoph, Luca, Fatima, Ricken and the whole Avaaz team
MORE INFORMATION: UNESCO calls for shelving Rampal project (Prothom Alo) http://en.prothom-alo.com/environment/news/122299/Unesco-calls-for-shelving-Rampal-project A new power plant could devastate the world’s largest mangrove forest (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/07/18/a-new-power-plant-could-devasta… Sundarbans Has 182 Tigers, Pollution A Major Concern (NDTV) http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/sundarbans-has-182-tigers-pollution-a-major-concern-report-1395277 Risky and Over-subsidised: A Financial Analysis of the Rampal Power Plant (IEEFA) http://www.ieefa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Risky-and-Over-Subsidised-A-Financial-Analysis-of-the-Rampal-Power-Plant-_June-2016.pdf Report on the exposure of Bondholders to the Proposed Rampal Loan (IEEFA) https://secure.avaaz.org/rampaleximbondholders_report
Learn more about Avaaz and its global advocacy work by clicking on – https://secure.avaaz.org/en/index.php .
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