Locals watch extensively PEKB The coal mine that has occupied their land. © Pranav Capilla

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26 January 2022, 5 PM – 6 PM
Science Museum, Exhibition Street, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

Protesters will collect outdoors the Science Museum in London on Wednesday to name for an finish to the museum’s sponsorship cope with Adani, an enormous group working extremely aggressive coal mines on indigenous individuals’s ancestral lands.

The protest is in solidarity with the indigenous peoples of India, Australia and Indonesia – all international locations the place Adani operates mines on indigenous lands. It’s supported by Survival Worldwide, Extinction Revolt Scientists, London Mining Community, Tradition Unstand, UK Pupil Local weather Community and Coal Motion Community.

Protesters will urge the museum to hearken to indigenous voices and go away Adani Inexperienced Power because the sponsor of its new “Power Revolution” exhibition.

Indigenous representatives from India, Australia and Indonesia have written a letter to the museum urging it to sever ties with the Adani group. He says: “Indigenous communities in all these international locations are going through the worsening results of local weather change from land-grabbing, repression, destruction of sacred lands, air pollution of air, land and water and, after all, the burning of coal.” His letter was a response to the general public dismissal of Indigenous issues by the museum’s director, Sir Ian Blachford. Testimony can be heard in opposition to the instantly affected indigenous communities.

In India, Adani is taking part in a job in an enormous, government-approved coal rush centered on the forested central tribal belt in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha, regardless of overwhelming resistance.

In Chhattisgarh, Adani has focused the Amulya Hasdeo forest, residence to twenty,000 tribal (indigenous) individuals. Adani already operates a mine there and the opposite Parsa has simply bought approval.

Philip, an Oraon activist from Jharkhand, stated: “We tribal individuals can save the earth … however they” [the government] See no worth for it. They need us to die… To Adani and Ambani: Large firms such as you additionally want consideration. We tribal individuals is not going to go away our land to you solely. As a result of if something can save the world, it’s the worldview of the tribal individuals. No different means out. You might be destroying the setting by doing mining, which is the lifetime of the tribal individuals. Hear me straight: Change your self, or nature will change you for the higher. ,

Dr. Joe Woodman Survival Worldwide immediately stated: “Narendra Modi repeatedly prioritizes the wealth of his company associates over the rights of the nation’s tribal individuals. Science Museum’s cope with Adani is greenwashing of the worst variety. Indigenous peoples from India to Indonesia and Australia are campaigning towards the corporate and its mines. Coal mining is just not solely destroying indigenous land, it’s disastrous for the combat towards local weather change. The museum ought to instantly cancel its sponsorship cope with Adani. It is on the fallacious aspect of historical past.”

Journalists can view pictures of the protests right here.

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