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Human Rights and the Environment

Coal mining and power operations do not only have grave consequences for the climate. Many also violate fundamental human rights.


These violations include forced resettlement, contaminating critical drinking water supplies, destroying the livelihoods that support communities, or responding to peaceful protests against environmental damage with violence. Moreover, the global climate crisis is evolving into a human rights crisis, with tens of millions of people around the world already facing impacts from drought, storms and rising sea levels caused by combustion of fossil fuels like coal.

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