Target: British Home Secretary Theresa May
Goal: Commit to canceling plans for future open-cast coal mines across the United Kingdom.
Despite commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the paris agreement, and the long lists of negative impacts beyond climate change of burning coal, a series of open-cast coal mines are set to be approved in the UK. One such mine, located on a stretch of the Northumberland designated heritage coast, will transform 250 hectares of scenic countryside into an open-pit mine.
These plans come despite objections of local residents and environmental groups, as well as British commitments to phase out the use of coal by 2025. Five new open-cast coal mines across the UK will extract an estimated 11 million tonnes of coal.
While proponents of the plan claim it will boost the economy, the mid and long-term costs of failing to mitigate climate change far outweigh any short-term gains. Furthermore, without robust environmental protections, these projects risk contaminating groundwater, damaging local ecosystems, and destroying heritage sites. Sign our petition and ask Conservative party leadership candidate, and probable future prime minister of the UK, Theresa May to commit to canceling plans for future open-cast coal mines.
Dear Home Secretary May,
I was alarmed to hear of plans for five open-cast coal mines across England and Wales. The Nant Llesg, Highthorn, Tower Colliery, Dewley Hill, and Hilltop projects will add over 11 million tonnes of coal to the global coal market and undermine efforts to phase out coal in global energy production. Furthermore, they fly in the face of the UK’s commitments under the paris agreement, and government-announced intention to phase out unabated coal from the UK energy system by 2025.
As a Conservative Party leadership candidate, and possible future prime minister, I urge you to commit to cancelling these projects. While they may provide short-term benefits to the UK economy, they are liable to result in damage to local ecosystems, as well as heritage sites. Additionally, these projects may result in groundwater contamination: an unacceptable risk to public health. Lastly, these projects will worsen the global impacts of climate change, an existential threat to both the UK and the world. These projects must not be approved.
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