Tiger Action outside the Coal Ministry
Greenpeace India today blocked the main gate of building that houses the Ministry of Coal in NewDelhi, India to protest against their demand for more forestland for mining coal. 20 life size tigers wereplaced in front of the gate and chained to each other to protest against the threat mining posed to their habitat. Two tiger mascots holding a banner saying ÒOur forests a ÔNo GoÕ for coal miningÓ demandeda meeting with the Minister, Shri Prakash Jaiswal. The minister agreed to meet Greenpeace activistsand the Tiger mascot who handed him petitions from 112,000 people from across the country. Morethan 26000 hectares of forest land has been diverted for coal mining alone since 2007 making it one ofthe biggest threats to forests in India. The Coal Ministry wants additional forest land to increase coalproduction in central India, blaming forest clearance procedures for a shortfall in energy generation. ThegovernmentÕs mining company Coal India Limited has access to over 200,000 hectares of coal bearingland, including 55,000 hectares of forest area. Forests in central India are not only habitat to criticalwildlife like tigers but also a source of livelihood to numerous communities living in it.