Coal is the single biggest contributor to man-made climate change, while deforestation accounts for up to one-sixth of carbon dioxide emissions.
Beyond the ‘double whammy’ that razing forests to burn coal poses to the climate, there is its devastating impact on forest-dependent communities. The solution, in part, also lies with them. Protecting their tenure rights should be a key part of the strategy to keep forests standing and, where coal lies beneath them, keeping it in the ground.
Fern has created a map highlighting forests and forest peoples at risk of coal mining and continues to investigate examples of EU consumption of coal dug from under indigenous peoples’ forests.
Coal and forests related resources
Threatened for the audacity of defending their homes: In Siberia … and elsewhere
Fern’s new report Slow Death in Siberia reveals in stark detail how coal mining in the Kuzbass area of southern Siberia has destroyed villages and forests, while strangling the livelihoods and culture of the indigenous Shor...
Slow Death in Siberia
How Europe's coal dependency is devastating Russia's forests and indigenous Shor people
Press release: EU demand helping drive human rights abuses in Russia’s coal heartland
A new report by forests and rights NGO Fern and Coal Action Network reveals the devastation that the expansion of coal mining in the Kuzbass region of southern Siberia is causing to the area’s indigenous Shor people and the...