Thank you for joining as @ashleycrowtherorg shared his work "A Dying Land," which looks at life inside #India's major #coalmining region.
For 100 years, a fire has been raging in #Jharia, #India. The fire has been burning underground with no signs of stopping and with an unlimited fuel supply of #coal. There are legends as to how the fire began from a local accidentally setting it alight to #naturalgas combustion.
Across Jharia, the underground fire is causing severe and inter-connected #health, #environmental, and #social development issues. As the fire burns uncontrollably, a constant plume of deadly #toxic gases and particulates are released, which blanket the region day and night. #Carbondioxide, #sulfur, #lead, #arsenic, and more, which are all linked to severe health conditions when inhaled is the regions daily breath of air. The women and children that work in the #mines that scavenge coal to sell on the #blackmarket share the highest risk.
Jharia is a poignant reminder of our societies reliance on #fossilfuels, which are responsible for #climatechange. How far we push the human and environmental cost to meet our energy needs is a question unanswered. For now, the people of Jharia are so reliant on the coal mines to make a living that the benefits far outweigh the cost and risk. Afterall, there are few alternatives in a burning and dying land.
Pictured above is an image from Ashley's project. The caption: A fire burns inside a coal mine in Jharia, India.