CIREBON (CT) – People’s Environmental Defenders (Rapel), and 350 Indonesia stand with Kanci Kulon residents, Astanajapura district, Cirebon, which involved women and children, protesting the expansion project of 1000 MW coal plant and demanding to shut down existing 660 MW coal plant, Monday (09/05).
The reason is that, according to the community, women and children are the most vulnerable to the impacts of coal plant, whether health problems and loss of income.
“We demand to cancel the expansion project and shut down existing coal plant. We are very suffering. Now, it is hard to provide food for my family. We used to collect many kinds of fish and shell in Kanci sea. Moreover, nowadays, so many mothers and children are often hospitalized due to pneumonia and other lung disease and respiratory problems, and even causing death,” said Jubaedah (35), a housewife in Kanci Kulon Village.
Rapel Executive Director,
Moh Aan Anwaruddin said that his organization and 350 Indonesia are committed to support coal-affected community. “We stand with community and will keep fighting against coal plant projects. We will always resist,” he said.
The protest led by the mothers and children was happened in their rice field by holding banners which state “No Coal” and “Break Free From Fossil Fuels” as bold message that the community do not need any coal plants. What they really need is fertile land and clean air, for our children, grandchildren and future generations. (Riky Sonia/adv)