Coal mining, the first step in the dirty lifecycle of coal, can have devastating effects on land, water and air, affecting health and livelihoods. Local people are often excluded from economic benefits. In many cases in India, corrupt and irresponsible mining companies operate without providing key information to communities. Central and state governments have failed to provide effective ways to hold companies accountable for their actions.
Coalscam.org was set up with the support of three organizations – mines, minerals & PEOPLE, Greenpeace India and Amnesty International India – to map the true impact of coal mining in India on people’s lives and habitats. It is intended to provide information – from media stories, ground reports and first-hand testimonies – of the real cost of coal mining.
mines, minerals & PEOPLE is an alliance of more than 140 grassroots groups and 20 support organizations across 16 states in India. It is an alliance of individuals, institutions and communities concerned about and affected by mining, formed to combat its destructive nature. mmP supports local struggles, provides legal and media advocacy, conducts research and fact-finding missions, develops campaign strategies, networks with national and international organizations, and provides technical and scientific expertise.
Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation present in 40 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. Globally, it focuses on critical environmental issues such as oceans and ancient forests protection, fossil fuel phase out and the promotion of renewable energies to stop climate change, nuclear disarmament and an end to nuclear contamination, elimination of toxic chemicals and preventing the release of genetically engineered organisms into nature. In India, Greenpeace works on ending climate change, promoting sustainable agriculture, preserving the oceans and preventing nuclear catastrophe.
Amnesty International is the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization. It is a global movement of over 3 million people in over 150 countries seeking to protect and defend people wherever freedom, truth and dignity are denied. It investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and helps transform societies to create a safer, more just world. Amnesty International received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977. In India, Amnesty International works on several issues including corporate accountability, security with human rights, abuse in the criminal justice system, freedom of expression, violence against women, torture and human rights education.