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HEAL the first health champion to demand: End the age of coal

When organisations from around the world declared 29th June the global day of action to End the Age of Coal HEAL was the first health organisation to join the pledge.

More than 1100 individuals and organisations signed up to the pledge and more than 70 activities were organised throughout the day, raising awareness in thirteen different countries around the world.

Germany and Italy saw the most activities from the European region, while stories from coal struggles in Poland mentioned concerns about health impacts in many cases. HEAL Executive Director Genon Jensen also sent a message via the End the age of coal web platform:

”Coal places a costly and unfair health burden on the shoulders of Europeans. Even state-of-the-art coal power plants still release too much pollution and are making us sick. By adding up the costs associated with heart and lung conditions brought on by exposure to coal-related air pollution, HEAL has estimated that European citizens are paying almost €43 billion per year in an unpaid health bill as a result of current policy allowing the burning of coal for electricity. HEAL is joining the campaign End the Age of Coal as a tangible way to improve people’s health and move to the sustainable future we need to create a healthy environment for everyone.”

Around the global day of action, a major breakthrough was recorded when the two top financial institutions that invest in new coal projects – the World Bank and the European Investment Bank – who have a emission intensive portfolio, decided to prioritise investments in renewable energies and energy efficiency. This was backed by President Barack Obama, the World Bank President and EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard.

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Originally posted on 23 July 2013

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