Target: Fred Hochberg, U.S. Export-Import Bank Chairman and President; Mohammad Obaidul Karim, Orion Group Chairman
Goal: Don’t let money-hungry corporations build coal-burning power plants near the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans.
Thousands of ForceChange members have spoken out against plans to build a giant, polluting coal plant near the irreplaceable Sundarbans forest of Bangladesh, a mangrove ecosystem home to majestic Bengal tigers and other imperiled animals. Our petition to stop the U.S. Export-Import Bank from financing dirty coal has really taken off. Please help take the next step by sending a message to the bank through social media:
Export-Import Bank Of The United States, stand up for tigers and the global climate by refusing to fund Orion Group’s new coal plants in Bangladesh and the Sundarbans ecosystem. Thousands of people are counting on you to #SaveSundarbans: https://forcechange.com/
157013/stand-up-against-big- coal-to-protect-important- forest-ecosystem/
.@EximBankUS must not fund climate chaos & tiger habitat loss. Help #SaveSundarbans: https://forcechange.com/157013/stand-up-against-big-coal-to-protect-important-forest-ecosystem/
The largest mangrove forest in the world, which functions as a sanctuary for many endangered species and a major resource for local people, is under attack from Big Coal. The Sundarbans forest stretches from Bangladesh into India and is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Ramsar-protected wetland. The Orion Group plans to build one gigantic coal-fired plant on the edge of the Sundarbans, and another next to the densely populated city of Dhaka. The corporation wants to exploit a fragile ecosystem and pollute the air breathed by millions of people. We cannot allow this to happen.
The Orion Group has approached the U.S. Export-Import Bank to ask for help financing its two new coal plants. Sign the letter below to tell U.S. Export-Import Bank Chairman and President Fred Hochberg, and Orion Group Chairman Mohammad Obaidul Karim, that U.S. taxpayer money must not be used to fund Orion’s coal scheme.
Endangered species such as the Bengal tiger, the pink river dolphin, and the masked finfoot bird call the Sundarbans ecosystem home. The forest also provides natural resources for fisheries, rice paddies, and honey production. Furthermore, the Sundarbans acts as a natural buffer against cyclones which frequently plague the region. Allowing these coal plants to be built will severely damage the quality of water, land, and air in the Sundarbans and nearby areas. This could have disastrous consequences for wild animals and for the local people who depend on the forest. The risk of spills, and the certain dangers posed by increased water consumption, air pollution, and incessant boat traffic, pose serious threats to the mangrove ecosystem and thus will undermine the various vital roles that it plays.
The Orion Group cannot be allowed to ruin the Sundarbans. This massive mangrove forest is simply too important to sacrifice for the sake of corporate profit. By signing the petition below, you can help urge the U.S. Export-Import Bank not to fund Orion’s proposed new coal plants.
Dear Chairman Hochberg and Chairman Obaidul Karim,
The Sundarbans is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a Ramsar-protected wetland for good reason. As the world’s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans serves as a sanctuary for many endangered species and a major resource for local people. Orion Group’s plans to build a large coal-fired power plant near this ecosystem, and another one near the densely populated city of Dhaka, are irresponsible and must be abandoned immediately. The U.S. Export-Import Bank should not finance these plants and Orion Group should cancel attempts to seek other sources of funding.
With climate change accelerating and endangered species such as Bengal tigers reaching frighteningly low population levels, the situation in the Sundarbans is already fragile. Air pollution, changes to water salinity, and the risk of spills will only make things worse. Moreover, claims that the coal-fired plants will help elevate the people of Bangladesh or India out of poverty are unverifiable at best. If you move forward with the financing deal you will essentially be robbing the people of their natural resources which they depend upon to survive, in the name of flimsy promises regarding greater access to electricity. Treating the local people and the surrounding natural habitat in this way is inexcusable.
I urge you not to pursue any plan to finance Orion Group’s coal plants with U.S. money.
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