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We may only have days to stop the financing for a dangerous, proposed coal project in Indonesia already plagued by human rights violations. Our Japanese and Indonesian allies have asked the international community to help put public pressure on the Japanese government to reject financing this coal project while there’s still time. If built, the proposed Batang coal plant in Central Java, Indonesia would pose serious threats to the health and environment of surrounding communities and our climate.
Frontline communities in Central Java have delayed the 2,000 MW Batang coal-fired power plant for four years by refusing to give up their land despite threats, arrests and attempts by the military to block their access to farmland. Now the Japanese government is considering whether or not to provide financing for the project before the April 6 deadline for financial close, despite a warning from an Indonesian human rights group earlier this year that Japan must review the human rights issues surrounding the project. If the financing is locked in for this project, construction could start only mere days later.
Despite an increasing shift away from dangerous and unprofitable coal projects by the rest of the world — from the Paris Agreement to OECD coal finance restrictions to China putting the brakes on new coal plants to Scotland completely ending all coal use — Japan has continued to move backward by supporting both domestic coal projects and financing some of the most controversial coal projects around the globe.
Protests are being held across the world from Washington, D.C., to Jakarta to Tokyo this week to demand the Japanese government reject funding the Batang coal plant and end all coal financing abroad.
Help us ramp up the pressure on Japanese Prime Minister Shinz? Abe by participating in our photo solidarity action:
1) Make your own sign using one of the messages below or print one by clicking on the links below. Include your name and location on your sign and take a photo with it:
- Japan: Stop Batang coal plant!
- Prime Minister Abe: Don’t fund human rights abuses & climate disruption!
- Japan: Stop coal financing!
2) Post your Stop Batang selfie to Twitter and/or Instagram and add it to our event’s Facebook page here.
- Be sure to include the hashtags: #StopBatangCoal
- On Twitter, include usernames @kantei and @AbeShinzo in tweets
- On Facebook, include username @Shinz?Abe in posts
- If you do not have Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, just email us your photo to the address below and we will post it
- Photo file size needs to be 5 MB or less
3) After you post, email a link to us at [email protected].
For the welfare of Indonesians, Japan and the world, we cannot afford to burn any more coal. It’s time for Japan to be a climate leader and invest in a just and sustainable energy transition!