To: UNESCO World Heritage Committee
I ask you to add the Sundarbans to the List of World Heritage in Danger and to urge Bangladesh and India to cancel the proposed coal-fired power plants and commit to clean, renewable energy and sustainable development in and around the Sundarbans.
Stand with the people of Bangladesh and India to urge the World Heritage Committee to protect the fragile biodiversity of the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans.
Not only would the coal plants displace communities, but the effects of this project on the majestic Sundarbans would be extreme.
The proposed plants would create massive amounts of toxic waste in an already sensitive region. The river that forms the heart of the Sundarbans would be dredged each year to make way for coal ships, causing untold harm to endangered dolphins and hundreds of species of fish, shrimp and crabs that provide food for nearly 1 million people each year.
Mercury, acid gases and other toxic emissions from the smokestacks of the power plants would deposit in the Sundarbans, harming surrounding communities, mangrove forests, and all that depends on them, including the endangered Bengal tiger.
RAN is working to make sure that the U.S. Export-Import bank stays far away from destructive coal projects projects in Bangladesh. But the threat to the Sundarbans is bigger than any singular project: and for that reason, we must demand that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee formally list the Sundarbans as a site in danger.
Join us and coalition partners around the world to stand up to corporate greed and stop these destructive projects before construction begins later this year.
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