Australian mining companies BHP Billiton and Cokal are about to start bulldozing and clearing Indonesian rainforest to make way for massive open-cut coal mines.
This development is one of 14 developments that Greenpeace calls “the worst of the worst” -- 14 projects that combined, will push the planet’s climate past the point of no return. And the rainforest is home to vulnerable and endangered species like orangutans, pygmy elephants, Sumatran rhinos, clouded leopards and sun bears.
We don’t have much time to stop them. The agreement between the companies and the Indonesian government could be signed any day -- we need to put pressure on BHP and Cokal right now.
Use the form on the right to tell BHP and Cokal to halt their destructive mines and save the rainforest.
The mines are in the Heart of Borneo, an area of astonishing diversity that’s one of the largest remaining expanses of rainforest in Southeast Asia. On average, three new species have been found there every month since 2005. And the biggest proposed open-cut coal mine is within kilometres of where the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation has just released 100 displaced orangutans.
Local groups say that previous mining has been disastrous for their communities -- far from helping the local economy, mining has polluted the rivers and groundwater, eaten away precious land, caused disastrous floods and increased poverty.
BHP and Cokal think they can get away with ripping away at the heart of rainforest habitat because they’re far from scrutiny. But we can show them their reputations are on the line if they go ahead with this devastating development.
Tell BHP and Cokal to urgently halt their plans to dig open-cut coal mines in the Heart of Borneo.