The worlds dirtiest fossil fuel

Spoiler alert: we’re still mining and exporting it ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌‌ The federal government just banned new thermal coal projects in Canada, but is continuing to mine and export it to the rest of the world. Sign the petition calling on the Canadian government to stop this hypocrisy and ban thermal coal exports and mining. ADD YOUR NAME

Last month, the federal government passed a policy effectively banning new thermal coal projects in Canada. This is a huge win, but it doesn’t solve the fact that Canada is still mining for and exporting this harmful fossil fuel across the globe.

This double standard is government hypocrisy at its finest – and it has serious implications for human health and the climate. Coal is responsible for more than 800,000 premature deaths a year, and is the source of nearly half of the world’s carbon emissions.

While the government is publicly celebrating its new coal policy, we need to ramp up the pressure to remind them that the job isn’t done until Canada stops mining and exporting thermal coal around the world.

Will you sign the petition urging the federal government to ban the export of thermal coal and restrict its mining here in Canada?


Thermal coal is the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel. It’s so bad for people and the planet that Canada has already committed to stop burning it for electricity by 2030. If you can believe it, Canada is also a co-founder of the global ‘Powering Past Coal Alliance’ whose very mission is to advance a rapid global phase-out of coal power and the transition to clean energy. It’s getting very hard to explain how continuing to mine and export coal fits in with this strategy, and yet it’s still happening.

This is a repeat of what happened with another toxic substance that used to be commonplace: asbestos. For a long time after we banned asbestos in Canada, we continued to allow Canadian companies to mine and export it abroad. Eventually we acknowledged that exporting something that we knew caused cancer was completely immoral. Continuing to export thermal coal to the rest of the world, after we commit to stop using it ourselves, is every bit as unjust.

If that wasn’t reason enough, mining and exporting thermal coal is fundamentally incompatible with the Canadian government’s promises to combat the climate crisis. Even if we don’t burn this coal in Canada, it will still hurt our shared climate when it’s burned overseas. Once in the atmosphere, emissions know no borders. It also makes it harder for importing countries to make the transition to renewables.

The good news is, the Canadian government is already responding to public pressure on this issue. The policy they announced in June effectively bans any new coal projects due to their adverse environmental impacts, and now we need to keep the momentum going. If we can get thousands of names on this petition, it could tip the scales in our favour and make sure the government’s action on coal restricts its current mining and export too.

will you help jump on this important moment and sign the petition urging the Canadian government to stop mining and exporting thermal coal?

Stopping harmful fossil fuel expansion is exactly the kind of challenge that was created to take on. Thermal coal is the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel, and we know that by banning the mining and export of it we can pave the way for large-scale, transformative change towards a renewable energy future. Already, the pressure is working. Thousands of Stand members wrote letters last year urging the Environment Minister to address the harmful impacts of the Vista coal mine expansion, and he got that message. Now the Vista coal mine is unlikely to ever see the light of day.

So thank you for being a part of this campaign and the Stand online community – we’re now more than half a million people strong and still growing.

By using our collective power to push for a ban on thermal coal mining and exporting, I’m hopeful we can get Canada to stop shipping its pollution problem around the world.

Thanks for adding your name,

Kiki Wood
Senior Oil and Gas Campaigner challenges corporations, industries, and governments to prioritize the well-being of people, our environment, and our climate by creating long-term, effective solutions. None of this work is possible without your support. DONATE $5 San Francisco office: 548 Market Street, Suite 74196, San Francisco, CA 94104-5401 On traditional Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone Lands
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