THURSDAY: Environmental groups to protest Japanese and JBIC coal financing and controversial Batang coal-fired power plant
Japanese Prime Minister Abe set to visit Washington, D.C. later this week
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the eve of the April 6 deadline to secure financing for the controversial Batang coal-fired power plant in Indonesia, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to arrive in Washington, D.C. this Thursday. In addition to the potential Japan Bank for International Cooperation — JBIC — financing of the Batang coal project, Japan has a long and increasingly isolated history of supporting unnecessary and dangerous coal projects both domestically and around the globe, in contrast to the clean energy momentum growing worldwide and contradicting the Paris climate accord agreed by Japan in December. Japan is by far the worst offender in financing coal power projects among G7 countries.
What: Friends of the Earth, the Sierra Club, Oil Change International, and other allies will protest outside the Japanese Embassy to call out Japan and JBIC for their continued and unnecessary financing of coal projects and to highlight the human rights abuses associated with the Batang coal project.
When: Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 12-12:45 p.m.
Where: Japanese Embassy, 2520 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Social media: #StopBatangCoal
Who: Speakers include:
Alex Doukas, Oil Change International
Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club
Jenny Bock, Friends of the Earth
Cindy Carr, Sierra Club, (202) 495-3034, [email protected]
Jenny Bock, Friends of the Earth U.S., (646) 258-6998, [email protected]
Alex Doukas, Oil Change International, (202) 817-0357, [email protected]