Greenpeace reminds the world its time to quit coal

Feature story - December 1, 2007
Security personnel from PLTU Tanjung Jati B coal power plant in Jepara, Central Java fired five gunshots and drew knives as activists from Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior, today climbed the coal plant´s cooling tower and loading crane hanging banners that read "Coal Kills Climate."

Activists from Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior, today climbed the coal plant´s cooling tower and loading crane hanging banners that read "Coal Kills Climate."

Greenpeace says it is driving home the message that global plans to build new coal power stations is the biggest single threat to tackling climate change, the gravest environmental threat to mankind.

In a few days, world governments will meet in Bali to agree on ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to stop climate change from inflicting severe impacts on the planet. Yet many of these same governments are unable to quit the bad habit of building and funding coal power plants, the dirtiest of all fossil fuels, and instead shift to clean renewable energy. Hundreds of coal plants across the globe are set to be built in the next decade. In Indonesia alone, 10,000 megawatts of coal power (approximately 10 coal power stations) is planned to be built in the next decade.

"While the major responsibility rests on the industrialized countries to cut back on their greenhouse gas emissions now, it is equally important that developing countries like Indonesia avoid the mistakes made by the west in building these climate killing coal power stations," said Nur Hidayati, Climate and Energy Campaigner of Greenpeace South East Asia.

"The industrialized world must help wean developing countries away from fossil fuels and ensure the availability of financial and technological assistance especially in the areas of renewable energy development and energy efficiency."

According to the Greenpeace report, 'Energy [R]evolution: A sustainable Indonesia Energy Outlook´, by 2050, 60% of the electricity produced in Indonesia could come from renewable energy sources. `New´ renewables, including wind, biomass, geothermal and solar energy - could contribute 70% of this estimated capacity.

"Governments meeting in Bali must understand that the business as usual approach is a recipe for climate disaster. In Bali, we hope government leaders will see beyond their myopic economic interests and help move the world towards an environmentally sustainable course," said Sven Teske, Renewable Energy Expert at Greenpeace International.

Indonesia will host the UN Conference on Climate Change from Dec. 3- 16 where world governments will agree to begin negotiations on a range of measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions to stop the dire impacts predicted to result from climate change. Greenpeace flagship, SV Rainbow Warrior, is in Indonesia to bring the message of urgency for climate action, starting with a global energy revolution and an end to deforestation.

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