Anthropogenic CO2 emissions are the cause of the present climate change. Turów mine and power plant are directly contributing to climate crisis by enormous emissions of carbon dioxide.
The combustion of coal extracted from Turów mine will result in the emission of at least 10.3 million tonnes of CO2 per year in the 2020 - 2038 period.
Global warming is leading to i.e. the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events, like heat waves, floods, droughts, hurricanes, wildfires. In Poland droughts and heat events are most often reported. In the 2015-2019 period droughts have reached the level of a disaster. Further lowering of total precipitation is predicted in the future, together with changes in its distribution and amplitudes – more extreme rainfall and longer dry periods, as well as longer and more sever heatwaves. These weather conditions are causing large losses in agriculture and forestry and endanger the water supplies for the population.
Coal mining, especially open-pit mining, deepens the consequences of drought in the mining regions. There is a cumulative negative impact of mines dehydration and climate change, and the standard methods of preventing drought are insufficient. In addition, the mines dehydration deprives the population of underground water reserves, which are a strategic resource necessary for our safety.
Our organizations jointly counteract the expansion of the open-cast Turów lignite mine in Poland for the benefit of local communities, nature and climate. We support civic activities undertaken by the international community at the interface of the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland. We strive to make the lignite-dependent Bogatynia enter the path of energy transition as well as economic and social transformation.