Sign the open letter: government must say no to Whitehaven coal mine
An open letter from local residents of West Cumbria about COP26:
As the global climate talks are about to start in Glasgow, I and XXX others in this area are calling the government to end their domestic and overseas support for coal, oil and gas - and specifically to say no to a new coal mine here in Whitehaven, West Cumbria.
These upcoming talks will be an opportunity for the global community to come together, demand justice for those most affected by the climate crisis and allow for global leaders worldwide to do what's needed and rise to the climate emergency.
This is why, in the year that the UK Government hosts COP, it is indefensible that plans for a new coal mine in Cumbria are still on the table. Instead of giving the coal mine the go-ahead, the government should invest in the kind of sustainable jobs that will be there for generations to come.
At the UN climate talks, the UK will be asking other nations to transition away from fossil fuels, submit their own net-zero commitments, and provide climate financing for poorer countries. But world leaders will not listen to a government that does not have its own house in order.
And as the hosts of this year's talks, the UK government’s climate record will be under more scrutiny than ever. We residents of this area are urging the government to end their support for coal, oil and gas at home and abroad for good, starting with the coal mine on our doorstep.
The time is now.
Estelle Worthington and XXX others in West Cumbria