Indonesian Activist Joins dirty Coal Tour
October 18, 2014

dteWe are pleased to announce that The Dirty Coal Tour will be joined by Pius Ginting from Friends of the Earth Indonesia. BHP Billiton, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange are plan to cause devastation in Indonesia, in addition to the countries they are already exploiting. Thanks to down to Earth and War on want for making his trip possible.

BHP Billiton is planning a series of massive opencast coal mines in the rainforests of Central Kalimantan in Indonesia. This would destroy come of the last pockets of primary rainforest on the island of Borneo, deprive Indigenous Peoples of their livelihoods and pollute water sources relied on by up to a million people. Known as the IndoMet project, BHP Billiton’s coal mining concessions span an area of more than 350,000 hectares, more than twice the size of Greater London. A railway line which would be constructed to serve the mines would lead to further destruction.

Pius Ginting is Head of the Research Unit of WALHI – Friends of the Earth Indonesia. He has been working with WALHI since 2007 on mining and energy campaigns and advocacy. WALHI – Friends of the Earth Indonesia is an Indonesian environmental organization that has been working closely with communities impacted by extractive industry and pushing for change in regulations affecting impacted communities and the environment.

Pius has been involving in several important campaigns to bring extractive industries to take responsibility for their operations. Among these have been
a campaign to demand that Lapindo Brantas take responsibility for an underground blowout of gas drilling that displaced more than 15,000 people in East Java;
advocacy to stop submarine tailings disposal by Newmont Mining;
a campaign to demand that Eramet protect indigenous people’s lands in Halmahera;
and a campaign to save Bangka Belitung Island from excessive tin mining and to demand responsible behaviour by electronics brands.

Pius is active in a campaign to save forests and communities in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Previously this province was a pilot project area for REDD (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) as an international program to mitigate climate change. Now its forest area has become a new frontier of coal mining.

Pius will be joining Francisco and Rogelio from Colombia. Their trip will take them to the following events
Thursday 23 October, 10am-11.30am, demonstration outside BHP Billiton AGM, London (venue to be confirmed)

Thursday 23 October, 7pm-9pm, public meeting, UCL: Chemistry Auditorium, Christopher Ingold Building, Gordon Street, London WC1.

Friday 24 October, Norwich

Sunday 26 October, Mappin Lecture Theatre 2, MAPP-LT02, Sheffield University, 4pm – 6pm.

Monday 27th October, visit to Derbyshire mine with local activists, to come along email

Monday 27 October, Room ER145, Elvet Riverside 1, Durham University, DH1 3JT. 7pm-9pm

Tuesday 28 October, Fine Art lecture hall, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, 7pm-9.30pm

Wednesday 29 October, Glasgow University (room TBC), 5-7pm, Glasgow

Thursday 30 October, 6pm-8pm, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EL

Friday 31 October, South Lanarkshire

Monday 3 November, Oxford