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Exit Coal Now

Why Exit Coal Now?

Since early 2016, we have known that stopping coal combustion has got to be a priority, not only as an urgent public health measure but because the burning of coal is a major source of CO2 emissions, a crucial factor in Global Warming. Ignoring this issue could be catastrophic.

How did we end up there?

A single sentence uttered by an energy expert last April in Paris triggered an avalanche of events that led to this worldwide petition. Basically, she asked: “Do you understand how pointless it is to do anything about climate change… as long as we have done nothing to shut down coal-fired power plants?”

Until now, we had not understood the extent of the damage caused by coal-burning plants on future generations. We were shocked when we realized it.

When we looked at the numbers, it became clear that the problem had been greatly underestimated. In Europe alone, nearly 23,000 people die each year from serious diseases caused by particle pollution from coal plants. One billion tonnes of CO2 are pumped into the atmosphere just in Europe every year. We could probably get similar figures for the US, China, India and Australia.

If you share our concerns, won't you sign the petition?

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