INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES FROM INDIA ENDORSE FOSSIL FUEL TREATY – Demand phase-out of dirty energy and just and equitable transition

The main cause of the climate emergency is fossil fuels. Coal, oil and gas are responsible for almost 80% of all carbon dioxide emissions since the industrial revolution. The world is beginning to recognize that unprecedented levels of international cooperation will be required to prevent the proliferation of fossil fuels, phase out existing stockpiles and infrastructure, and fast-track a just and peaceful transition to safer and cleaner alternatives. 
Just as fifty years ago, the world needed a treaty to defuse the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction, the world today needs a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.  
Studies of health impacts of coal and power plants from Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have revealed that a vast range of impacts on the physical and mental health of populations residing in the vicinity of such projects. While coal is used for various purposes, electricity generation and steel production are the two biggest consumers of domestic coal in India.