Powerful movement building for Bangladesh mangrove forests
An activist’s story in pictures
Friends of the Earth and Bangladeshi environmental group, Ecology Movement, rallied outside the UN General Assembly meeting this week, where President Obama and Bangladesh’s Prime Minister were in attendance, to protest the development of coal-fired power plants near the Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Bangladesh and the world’s largest continuous mangrove forest.
Monday’s protest which called on President Obama and the U.S. Export-Import Bank to publicly reject financing the Orion-Khulna coal plant, expected to be built just 14 km from the Sundarbans, was the latest of many protests against coal development in the area. This protest is part of a powerful grassroots movement that started in Bangladesh and is increasingly gaining support around the world. Over the last several months, hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh have participated in protests to oppose these coal projects. Similar protests have also been held in Paris, Washington D.C., and Atlanta.To learn more about the U.S.’s involvement in coal development in Bangladesh check out our recent blog: “Are U.S. Tax Dollars Financing Destruction of World’s Largest Mangrove Forest?”.
Below are highlights from our Economic Justice Campaigner Jenny Bock who was on the ground at the Save the Sundarbans protests held in New York this week.
Check out this awesome video of activists protesting outside the UN:
Bangladeshi-American activist Mr. Rashid tells us why he cares about saving the Sundarbans during the protest:
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