JICA funding dirty coal in Bangladesh and Indonesia

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a development agency under the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is considering lending funds to build the 1,200 MW Matarbari (Phase 2) coal fired power plant in coastal Bangladesh and Indramayu (Phase 4), a 1,000MW coal power station in Indonesia.

JICA is participating in a meeting with other development agencies from around the world discussing climate and other global issues on November 10- 12. This Finance in Common Summit is the perfect time to call them out for their hypocrisy!

If built, the coal plants would emit millions of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, emissions that will speed up the destruction of our shared climate and contradict Japan’s recent commitment to produce net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The plants will also worsen the air quality and livelihoods of local communities in the area, when these communities are already being hit with air pollution and climate impacts.

JICA and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs need to know that the global community isn’t going to stand for them building two polluting power stations and claiming to act on climate. You can take action by tweeting at them below.

Please scroll down and select your preferred message to tweet to JICA. Clicking the button will open your twitter account, where you will be able to preview and edit the tweet, then post it!

Children are forced to commute to school on small boats because of water logging due to the construction of Matarbari Phase 1. Note the lack of safety gear or life jackets. Photo Credit: CLEAN (Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network) Bangladesh

Children are forced to commute to school on small boats because of water logging due to the construction of the JICA-funded Matarbari Phase 1 project. Note the lack of safety gear or life jackets. Photo Credit: CLEAN (Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network) Bangladesh

Send your message to JICA

Please select your preferred message below, then click the button to open Twitter and tweet it to JICA. Feel free to customise the message before posting it – it will be all the more powerful if you do!

.@jica_direct_en; @MofaJapan_en, is funding two brand new polluting coal power stations in Indonesia and Bangladesh your idea of action on climate? #FINANCEINCOMMON2020

Japan’s net zero emissions goal by 2050 is meaningless if @jica_direct_en and @MofaJapan_en fund new coal power #FINANCEINCOMMON2020

@FINANCEINCOMMON, @jica_direct_en and @MofaJapan_en are failing to build resilience for people and planet by funding new climate wrecking coal power stations in Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Japan, funding two brand new coal power stations does not work with a net zero emissions commitment. Work on your math @jica_direct_en @MofaJapan_en #FINANCEINCOMMON2020

@jica_direct_en and @MofaJapan_en: Is your idea of development funding coal power stations which destroy farming and fishing livelihoods in Bangladesh and Indonesia? #FINANCEINCOMMON2020

.@jica_direct_en and @MofaJapan_en aligning with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement should matter to you. Why are you risking your reputation by funding two new polluting coal power stations in Indonesia and Bangladesh?

See what others are tweeting