Sarangani communities all set to knock out coal

Photo | November 20, 2010

Maasim, Sarangani Province, 20 November 2010 – Around 75 boats are used to form the words “Clean Energy” in what is perhaps the first of its kind of maritime protest in Maasim, Sarangani in Mindanao, the Philippines’ deep south. Hundreds of fisherfolk later joined a flotilla welcoming the Rainbow Warrior as she anchors near the site of a proposed coal-fired power plant. The Rainbow Warrior arrived in Mindanao yesterday for its “Turn the Tide” tour of Southeast Asia, to join thousands of Sarangani folk as they sought to ‘knock out’ coal and broadcast their rejection of dirty coal power. Conal Holdings Corp is planning to build a coal plant in Maasim municipality to the detriment of the health and livelihoods of surrounding communities. Greenpeace is supporting communities in Southeast Asia in their struggle against coal and is calling for the massive uptake of clean, renewable energy with an Energy [R]evolution. (c)Greenpeace