Right now concerned students and community members in Bellingham, Washington are working to stop one of the most deadly new fossil fuel projects in the world: a coal export terminal that would send tens of millions of tons of coal brought in by train to global export markets. To build their group and strengthen of the movement they seek to create, these passionate activists are raising funds to send a delegation to this month’s Localize This! Action Camp. But they need our help: with twelve days to go before the fundraising deadline, the group has set a goal of raising $1,200. If you can pitch in, please visit their fundraising web page here.
Why donate to this effort, when so many worthy causes are out there? The answer, quite simply, is that the fight against coal exports is one of the most important in the climate movement. If even one proposed coal export terminal like the one moving forward in Bellingham goes through, it will be a disaster for the climate, facilitating construction of some of the largest coal plants in the world and displacing renewable energy investments in developing countries.
But this tragedy doesn’t have to happen. Members of communities targeted by coal export proposals are already organizing to stop export terminals from being built and re-claim power over the energy future of their communities. So far these efforts have been very successful in shifting the debate around coal and turning coal export terminals into a sticky issue for politicians. Now these activists need our help bringing their movement to the next level.
Though there are now several proposals to build coal export terminals in both Washington and Oregon, the one in Bellingham has progressed further than any other toward applying for permits it needs to move forward. If we can defeat this project, it will send a positive message all up and down the West Coast. The work of organizers in Bellingham is thus a critical piece of the worldwide effort to reclaim community power from the coal industry.
I can’t think of a better cause to give money to right now. If you’re able, please consider donating to help Bellingham activists grow the movement for a cleaner future in Washington.