Coastal Coalamity | A discussion on Coal infrastructure from East and West of India.

With Brototi Roy, Abhijit Prabhudesai, Patrick Oskarsson and Pooja Kumar, Moderator Nihar Gokhale

Coal on the coast : Coastal Coalimity

Perspectives on coal infrastructure from east and west coast of India

Coal-based projects are threatening India’s coastline and its people. In Goa, the government wants to expand the import and movement of coking coal for the steel industry. In Chennai, coal-fired thermal plants and coal-handling ports have taken over coastal wetlands and choked the air.

Join us for a discussion on these cases and what they mean for our coastlines and our future.

Patrik Oskarsson is Associate Professor and Vice Head of Division at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. His teaching and research is on resource politics. His present research examines coal mining and land use in ongoing energy expansions in India.

Brototi Roy is a PhD student at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she is a part of the Environmental Justice Atlas team. Her research focuses on environmental justice movements in India against coal, using political ecology and ecological economics framework. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics. 

Abhijit Prabhudesai, Activist, Goyant Kollso Naka

Pooja Kumar is a Researcher with the Coastal Resource Centre, Chennai. She works on issues of Land Rights, Coastal Zone Management and Environmental Justice issues in Tamilnadu.

Moderator Nihar Gokhale is Associate Editor at Land Conflict Watch, an independent network of researchers and journalists documenting land conflicts in India. He has been a journalist for close to a decade and has written about environmental regulation, property rights and resource governance.

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