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The U.S. government is bankrolling Big Coal in Bangladesh's precious mangrove forests

The U.S. government is bankrolling Big Coal in Bangladesh's precious mangrove forests

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The Sundarbans in Bangladesh -- the world’s largest mangrove forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a safe haven for the endangered Bengal tiger -- is under serious threat from Big Coal. And the U.S. government could be funding its destruction.

Orion Group, a Bangladeshi conglomerate with a history of corruption allegations, has already started construction on two massive coal-fired power plants, one of which is less than 12 km from the Sundarbans -- even though the project hasn’t received environmental clearance yet!

The other coal plant is right on the doorstep of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, home to 17 million people -- and Orion claims the U.S. Export-Import Bank -- a government agency -- is funding the project. So while the United States moves away from one of the filthiest fuels on the planet back home, it has no problem bankrolling environmental ruin in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Tell the U.S. government: Don’t export American pollution to Bangladesh. Cancel the Sundarbans coal plant.

The World Bank has called Bangladesh the country most vulnerable to climate change -- and yet here we have Big Coal moving not only into the nation that can least afford what it will do to the planet, but right onto one of the most precious ecosystems in the world -- all of it underwritten by the U.S. government.

The impact of these coal plants cannot be understated. Only 106 Bengal tigers remain on the Bangladeshi side of the Sundarbans. Local residents, who depend on the mangrove forests for trade and subsistence are fiercely fighting Big Coal. More than 1,000 people marched the 320 km from Dhaka to the edge of the Sundarbans on hot asphalt in protest of the coal-fired plants. We owe it to them to pressure the U.S. government to stop bankrolling the destruction of their livelihoods and their ecosystem.

Join us in standing up for the precious Sundarbans. Say no to Big Coal in Bangladesh.

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