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National Mission for Stopping Coal Mining & Use

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National Mission for Stopping Coal Mining and Use! Human ingenuity can achieve major feats, who coul
 

The Unearth Bulletin

October 25 · Issue #72 · View online
Towards a Sustainable & Inclusive World

National Mission for Stopping Coal Mining and Use!
Human ingenuity can achieve major feats, who could have believed in the 1960s that within half a decade not only would India become a significant food exporter, it would not know what to do with its rotting surplus food stocks? Who would have known in the ‘80s that India would be exporting milk products? Or become a global IT powerhouse in the '90s. The list is much longer and spans automobiles, telecom, education, health care and so forth.
It is time India took up eliminating coal use as a mission, give it a 10-20 year horizon and achieve success. Imagine a world where the haze over all of the Indo Gangetic plains from Punjab to Kolkata were to disappear as coal plants are successively shut down or converted. (Much cleaner petroleum has already been introduced and zero-emission vehicles would have taken over by then, despite automobile lobbies.)
Imagine as these power plants are converted from coal to biomass and emission control technologies are added on, how much income they would generate for the farmers. Imagine how the horrible injuries being caused to India’s forests, lands and poisoning of subsurface water would stop as the coal mines are shut down and poorly paid largely tribal workers are instead re-exposed to their skills such as organic forestry produce, poultry, pisciculture, etc.
No, I am not saying go back to the past, to the contrary, use new 21st century technologies, not those developed in the 19th and 20th-century colonial era we have grown addicted to.  
Coal is a colonial-era horror, whose use expanded in the post-independence era, India now needs to move ahead.
-Laveesh Bhandari

Initiatives
Coal mines can be closed without destroying livelihoods Coal mines can be closed without destroying livelihoods
Sorry Greta, India needs more coal to power growth Sorry Greta, India needs more coal to power growth
Indicus White Paper on Air Quality Indicus White Paper on Air Quality
Air Pollution Knowledge Assessment (APnA) city program Air Pollution Knowledge Assessment (APnA) city program
Examination of monitoring approaches for ambient air pollution: A case study for India Examination of monitoring approaches for ambient air pollution: A case study for India
Citizen science & United Nation's SDGs Citizen science & United Nation's SDGs
Government Actions
Delhi's air quality poor, CM Arvind Kejriwal asks citizens to brace for impact Delhi's air quality poor, CM Arvind Kejriwal asks citizens to brace for impact
PM Modi video-plogs, 100s participate in Mumbai beach clean-up PM Modi video-plogs, 100s participate in Mumbai beach clean-up
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