Stop Adani is becoming one of Australia's biggest ever grassroots campaigns. If Adani's Carmichael mine goes ahead it will d estroy the ancestral lands, waters and cultures of Indigenous people, do irreperable damage to groundwaters and the ocean, and add 4.6 billion tonnes of carbon pollution to our atmosphere.
West Cumbria Mining proposes 'Woodhouse Colliery', a 50-year mine near Whitehaven in Cumbria which would produce 2.78 million tonnes of coking coal a year. The large scale underground and under-sea mine would generate over 9 million tonnes of CO2 per year producing coking coal with over 85% being exported to European steel works.
There are two main campaigns to stop Woodhouse Colliery
South Lakes Action on Climate Change (Towards Transition) undertake a range of climate-related activities in the South Lakes Area. They bring planning expertise to the campaign to stop Whitehaven, and have useful resources on their website:
Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole is run by Radiation-free Lakeland, focussing on the site's proximity to Sellafield nuclear plant and on local environmental impacts.
While the application was approved in 2019 and again in October 2020 by Cumbria County Council, it is now going to Public Inquiry in September 2021. Following the public inquiry the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, currently Robert Jenrick, will decide the application.
London Mining Network (LMN) is an alliance of human rights, development, environmental and solidarity groups of which Coal Action Network is a member. The network focuses on international mining companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, by monitoring human rights and environmental abuses, enabling communities on the front lines of mining in the global south to hold these companies accountable.
Coal Action Network works with LMN, frontline communities in La Guajira and international allies against the expansion of the Cerrejón coal mine in La Guajira, Colombia.
Europe Beyond Coal campaigns to ensure coal is phased out throughout Europe by 2030 at the latest. The campaign involves civil society groups working across 28 European nations, including the Western Balkans and Turkey. This is focused on power stations, but also looks at mines.
UVAG represents the interests of the many ex-coalmining communities in the upper South Wales valleys and has successfully fought several major and protracted campaigns, notably the rejection of the huge mass-burn incinerator proposed by the American company, Covanta, and the massive Nant Llesg opencast coalmine and its subsequent planning appeal.
UVAG continues to fight for environmental and social justice at home, and lending its campaigning expertise and support to other communities in the UK.
A community campaign group lead by residents of Throckley, Newcastle, against Banks Group's plan to extract 800,000 tonnes of coal and 40,000 tonnes of fireclay from agricultural and wooded land. They have raised concerns about the impact on local wildlife, access to countryside, local watercourses and the climate emergency.
In November 2020 this campaign won and residents stopped Banks Group's last ever application for an opencast coal mine. Since summer 2019, Defend Dewley Hill have amassed thousands of letters of objection to the opencast, lead walks on the land to connect people with nature, and built networks across Newcastle to fight the opencast together.
Save Druridge successfully defended the idyllic Northumbrian coastline and tourist destination 'Druridge Bay' from becoming a 3 million tonne opencast coal mine, known as 'Highthorn' proposed by Banks Group.
Lead by residents near to Dipton and Leadgate, County Durham, Campaign to Protect Pont Valley was formed in response to Banks Group's 2018 acquisition of mining rights won by the liquidated UK Coal. The community had fought over 30 years to stop UK Coal, and in 2019 teamed up with national and international activists to bring a vibrant and inspiring campaign which mixed direct action with political lobbying and legal challenges.
While the 500,000 tonne Bradley coal extraction site went ahead as planned in 2018, the campaign went on to prevent the extension of the mine, 'West Bradley' in June 2020. The company is not appealling the decision, so the campaign has successfully stopped the spread of opencast coal from Bradley in the Pont Valley.
The local campaign is still active in making sure the company meets it's obligations under the 12 month 'restoration' phase, to ensure the best possible reparation for the damage done to the valley.
The Bradley campaign raised the profile of campaigns against opencast coal mining in the UK, and supported and inspired the still active campaign in Newcastle, Defend Dewley Hill.