Coal use in India has increased about 80 percent over the past decade, making it one of the most coal dependent countries in the world. Looking ahead, if all proposed coal plants come on line over the next five years, India will surpass the United States as the planet’s second largest coal burning country. The purpose of this grant is for the Sierra Club to bring together local Indian NGOs and key stakeholders in the existing anti-coal movement and support them in developing a strategic understanding of coal in India, with a focus on "choke points" that can be exploited to slow and discourage new investment in coal-fired power. The Sierra Club seeks to begin strengthening and expanding the small network of Indian NGOs working to prevent additional large scale coal power plant development, on the grounds that coal is bad for both health and development. The goal is to help forge a new narrative that exposes the devastation that coal power wreaks on local communities, and the inability of coal to sustainably power development for India’s unelectrified population.
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for the Clean Transportation for All campaign
The Sierra Club Foundation was founded in 1960 to administer funds in support of scientific, educational, charitable, and literary efforts to preserve, protect, and restore the natural environment. The Sierra Club Foundation’s Clean Transportation for All campaign aims to reduce climate and air pollution, create jobs, and expand access to transportation by ensuring that 100% of the road vehicle fleet in the U.S. is electric. This grant supports the program’s plans to work within federal regulatory and state policy to advance clean trucks and buses and secure funds for EV charging infrastructure. (Substrategy: Electrification)
for the coalition to reduce oil use in transportation
The Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil Coalition has led and re-engaged environmental organizations and other allies to develop a more comprehensive strategy around oil to achieve more carbon reductions from the transportation sector. We recommend renewing support to the Sierra Club to facilitate the continued coalition building, and to refine strategy and start elements of the strategy addressing communication, redefining the debate around oil in the United States in the midst of an oil boom, and seeking strict environmental regulations for oil production.
for the Beyond Coal Campaign
This is our third year funding the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, which seeks to retire at least one-third of the nation’s coal-fired power plants by 2020. This campaign is a major component of the Hewlett Foundation’s U.S. climate and energy strategy for 2014. Over the next three to five years, utilities will face market and regulatory pressures that could make coal plant operation more expensive than cleaner energy alternatives. This project is designed to seize those opportunities, with the aim to retire 105 gigawatts of existing coal capacity in the United States and replace that output with clean energy.