Tigers reach the Ministry of Coal

Photo | December 21, 2011

Forests in Central-eastern India are threatened by coal mining. The coal ministry wants the government to open more and more forest land in this area for coal mining. Greenpeace activists and the tiger mascot went to the coal ministry’s office to ask coal minister Sripraksh Jaiswal to stop seeking more forest land for coal mining. They were armed with over 1 lakh signatures from people supporting forests. Eighteen life-size tigers blocked the entrance to the coal ministry’s office, while the activists demanded a meeting with the minister. After a couple of hours, the minister relented and met the activists to talk about the need to keep our forests safe.