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Stop Insuring Harmful Coal Companies – ForceChange

Target: The Right Honourable Baroness Fairhead, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion, United Kingdom

Goal: Urge the United Kingdom to speed up its disengagement from the coal industry.

The United Kingdom is lagging behind the rest of Europe in cutting off insurance to harmful, polluting coal firms. While countries such as Germany and Italy have dropped many coal firms after losing thousands of dollars to the natural disasters caused by climate change, the UK continues to provide for such firms, allowing them to build mines and plants in areas populated by families.

The coal industry is responsible for at least half the air pollution in the UK, which is one of the most heavily polluted areas in the world. Hundreds of people suffer from health problems and breathing issues, with some even dying of asthma or other lung diseases. The UK’s continued insuring of coal firms is only going to worsen the problem over time, possibly wiping out a good chunk of the population living there. Wildlife and plant life are heavily at risk, too, as birds and other animals cannot survive without clean air.

The UK must work harder to protect its living population before it is too late. Sign this petition to urge its financial department to hasten its divorce from the coal industry.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Baroness Fairhead,

Insurance companies across the UK are continuing to finance coal firms, despite the heavy damage coal is doing to the environment. The UK is home to some of the most polluted cities in the world, particularly London, where many have died from asthma-related deaths over the years. Many other countries in Europe have dropped their support of coal firms, but the UK continues to lag in its efforts to do so.

You must hasten your efforts immediately. Coal is one of the most dangerous fuels on the market and poses a threat to all living creatures, in addition to the heavy pollution speeding up the onset of climate change. Urge insurers to drop these coal firms and refuse to give them any more funding, before it is too late.

Sincerely, [Your Name Here]

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