Mining and burning of coal has devastating effects on our air and water, our health, our economies, and the global climate.
Coal is the world’s dirtiest energy source. Thousands of people in Europe either die prematurely or suffer from coal related illnesses each year. In 2016 alone it is estimated that just ten companies caused 7,600 premature deaths, 3,320 new cases of chronic bronchitis, and 137,000 asthma symptom days in children. An estimated 5,820 hospital admissions are estimated to be due to coal pollution, as well as over two million lost working days.
Coal is also the single biggest contributor to global climate change. As it is mostly carbon, when burned it produces carbon dioxide, driving global warming, increasingly frequent and the extreme weather events such as droughts and wildfires that stem from it. Communities that live near mines not only suffer from air and water pollution, but are still being displaced, and their lands destroyed.
Exiting coal by 2030 at the latest is essential to meeting the climate goals of the UN Paris Climate Agreement.