Climate activists urge Japan not to invest in Matarbari power plant | The Daily Star
06:18 PM, June 11, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:21 PM, June 11, 2021

Climate activists urge Japan not to invest in Matarbari power plant

Climate activists have called on Japan to stop Japanese investment in fossil energy sector, including the Matarbari coal-fired power plant in Bangladesh.

The call was made at a human chain in the capital jointly organised by Bangladesh Working Group on External Debt (BWGED) and YouthNet for Climate as the G-7 Summit in UK began today.

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They also called for compensating locals of Matarbari in Cox's Bazar for environmental pollution, providing proper rehabilitation, cancelling the coal-fired power plant project and setting up a solar or wind power plant there, says a statement. 

YouthNet for Climate Justice's Dhaka district Coordinator Ruhul Amin Rabbi said the seven richest countries of G-7 -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, United States and Japan -- have decided not to invest in the coal power sector but in defiance of this joint decision, Japan is investing in the sector in Bangladesh.

"The Matarbari coal-fired power plant would destroy our environment, emit greenhouse gases into the air, destroy crops, harm human health and leave Bangladesh trapped in a long-term debt trap," he said.

Rabbi also demanded immediate suspension of construction of the Matarbari 1,200 MW coal-fired power plant, instead constructing low-polluting fuel power plants in the form of liquid hydrogen on the infrastructure.

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