Sultana Kamal leads a coalition of environmental groups fighting to keep the governments of Bangladesh and India from building a giant coalfired power plant next to a vast wild estuary called the Sundarbans.

The Sundarbans mangrove forest as seen from outer space. Sultana Kamal leads a coalition of environmental groups fighting to keep the governments of Bangladesh and India from building a giant coalfired power plant next to a vast wild estuary called the Sundarbans. The plant would spew mercury and smog-causing chemicals across the hundreds of small mangrove islands where Bengal tigers hunt spotted deer and monkeys. The Passur River, which flows through the heart of the wilderness and is home to endangered river dolphins, would become a shipping lane for coal and toxic coal ash. Kamal’s coalition has worked with Earthjustice since 2015 to petition the United Nations to urge Bangladesh and India not to build the plant. The governments are paying attention. Last summer, Bangladesh sent a dozen high-ranking officials to a hearing of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, whose designations influence national conservation policies and the flow of tourism dollars. The committee requested that Bangladesh put the plant and all large-scale industrial projects near the Sundarbans […]

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