• Save Uttarakhand Forest & Its Biodiversity
    It is important because it will cost a lot to Uttarakhand Biodiversity. We already have Tehri Dam & Dhauliganga Dam which produce enough Electricity for Uttarakhand as well as for nearby states. If nothing done the Forest & Wildlife and Aquatic Life of UTTARAKHANd will be at verge to get Extinction. Temperature already rising but after all this the effect will be more. Water sources already been dried (about 60%). Weather is changing. All Weather Road which is been constructed for Badrinath costing 600 Hectares (minimum) of Forest estimate by government reports , although the Forest Department higher Authorities(ministry n other official) are not reliable which will cost more than 1000 Hectares or more... Now we can estimate complete All Weather Road project will cost Thousands of Hectares of Forest. Another is Pancheshwar Dam which will cost 8000 Hectares of Forest... Jemrani Dam will also cost about 2000 Hectares of Forest... And my observation on Deforestation and illegal Construction in Forest area is also costing lots of Forest (approx. 800 Hectares) When adding all for Uttarakhand it's about 12000 Hectares which means Uttarakhand Biodiversity at verge of Extinction. Technically there will be no more Healthy Uttarakhand Biodiversity left... We don't need Development over something that provide Oxygen to Breath, Orovide Food to eat and Provide everything to support life on Earth...
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  • Rooftop plantation in Delhi.
    We can fight air pollution in Delhi by introducing rooftop plantation all over Delhi.Roof top plantation should be in govt buildings ,buses,taxi and other vehicles having roof.This will help us to create a fresh, pollution free environment especially in cities like Delhi.Laws can be implemented to make rooftop plantation mandatory for each and every building in cities. Birds,butterflies and various insects have become perish in cities.Rooftop plantation will bring back the beautiful birds,bees,butterflies etc which are no longer seen in polluted cities of the world. Ex:Tulsi has environmental benefits , tulsi plants in our surroundings purifies the air.Tulsi gives out oxygen for 20 hours and ozone for four hours a day along with the formation of nascent oxygen which absorbs harmful gases like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide from the environment http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/flora-fauna/Tulsi-has-environmental-benefits-too/articleshow/12574905.cms The Indian government said that 80 people are dying everyday from air pollution in Delhi. The alarming figure was disclosed by environment minister Prakash Javadekar in a written response in the Rajya Sabha.. Delhi has turned into a pollution zone so deadly that children in the Capital have the lungs of chain-smokers, and all the associated respiratory ailments. Living and breathing in Delhi is taking years off their lives, and marking what is left with bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, coughs, colds and all kinds of chest and throat infections. Faced with a relentlessly increasing number of children and infants developing respiratory diseases, doctors have sounded the alarm in the Capital. Almost all agree that the number of children who need medical attention as a direct result of the Capital's polluted air is three times as much in the last decade.The worsening air pollution in the Capital has become the primary killer of infants and is slowing poisoning them with every passing day. Not only is the toxic air responsible for the various respiratory diseases that infants are developing, but it is also shortening their life span Acid rain caused by dioxides in the air not just increase acidity and kill vegetation, but also deplete fish and amphibian populations by acidifying freshwater and the oceans. This has a knock-on effect on animals that subsist on their populations, which further intensifies the impact on the entire food chain. Green roofs are used to: 1.Reduce heating A 2005 study by Brad Bass of the University of Toronto showed that green roofs can also reduce heat loss and energy consumption in winter conditions. 2.Reduce cooling loads on a building by fifty to ninety percent, especially if it is glassed in so as to act as a terrarium and passive solar heat reservoir – a concentration of green roofs in an urban area can even reduce the city's average temperatures during the summer Ex:A study presented at the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities Conference in June 2004, cited by the EPA, found water runoff was reduced by over 75% during rainstorms. 3.Natural Habitat Creation 4.Filter pollutants and carbon dioxide out of the air which helps lower disease rates such as asthma . 5.Filter pollutants and heavy metals out of rainwater. 6.Help to insulate a building for sound; the soil helps to block lower frequencies and the plants block higher frequencies. 7.Increase agricultural space. With green roofs, water is stored by the substrate and then taken up by the plants from where it is returned to the atmosphere through transpiration and evaporation. 8.Green roofs not only retain rainwater, but also moderate the temperature of the water and act as natural filters for any of the water that happens to run off. Govt can provide free saplings and encourage rooftop plantation .It can be started in govt schools, colleges etc. Ex: In Kolkata a taxi driver has rooftop plantation in his own taxi.France had already implemented laws for rooftop plantation.see the link.http://www.telegraphindia.com/1150517/jsp/calcutta/story_20517.jsp#.VzrkiPl97IU
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  • Save our Natural Forest First
    Awareness & strict action required by forest department, mining & social organisation to save natural forest. Native uneducated peoples cutting thousands of young tree everyday for their firewood purpose. Post plantation care is required to save the social forest.
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  • Stop AVH Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. Project situated at Halkarni, Chandgad, Kolhapur
    Chandgad Taluk is green and home to variety of animals and birds. It also houses number of plants which are part of Ayurvedic Medicines. Cashew nuts, Milk, Sugar cane, Paddy, Raagi, Sweet Potatoes are part of farmers earnings. Farmer depends on the nature. This project is all set to destroy even the fertile soil. and all these reactions caused by the pollution are irreversible. Land in almost 20Sq. Kms area will become desolate. Coal Tar Pitch is a CARCINOGEN in humans. It has been shown to cause lung, kidney and skin cancer. Many scientists believe there is no safe level of exposure to CARCINOGEN. Such substance may also have the potential for causing reproductive damage in human.
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  • Save The Rain Forest of North East India
    Forest of North East India is home to thousands of flora & fauna, different species of rare animals, birds, amphibians, insects, trees/plants, reptiles & other rare endangered creatures. The rain forest of North East is fast dwindling under the pressure of of illegal timber mafia, politician - business nexus & with full support of forest officials. There is an increasing man-animal conflict in different parts of north east due to lose of habitat for animals. Many argue that banning logging will effect the livelihood of indigenous people. Logging have no ways made their life better. It's only handful of individuals who make money out of it. It's not a big task to find out that a life of a lumberjack has not improved economically or socially. It's only the mafia-saw mill owner-politicians- forest officials who make fortune out of timber logging at the cost of huge environmental destruction which inturn impact the life of millions of citizens, either directly or indirectly i.e. polluted air, polluted water, lack of potable drinking water, rise in temperature, lack of rainfall, floods, soil erosion, drought & others. Mawsynram/Cherrapunji which was the highest recipient of rainfall on earth had 30 % rainfall deficit this year. It's world famous waterfalls were dry most part of the year which impacted the tourism industry very adversely , which is the sole source of income for the local indigenous people. The river dams of Umiam were dry for last couple of years & the water level was below normal which impacted electricity generation & the state which use to export electricity few years back is now facing acute power crisis & power cuts & the state electricity corporation is under financial debts which runs in several crore. Millions of people across the state have to live with power cuts. People need to understand that timber logging is doing more harm than good. It's only selected few who is profiting out of it at the cost of millions others..
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  • Campaign:Save Our Mula-Mutha River of Pune
    This river which starts its journey in the Sahyadri ranges and finally drains into the Bay of Bengal is more ancient than Ganga and Yamuna. In the past, its banks had dense forests with animals like elephants inhabiting there. Like all civilizations, earlier settlers resided near the river banks. Some stone tools were discovered in the area indicating human settlements near its banks as back as 40,000 years. Confluence of two rivers is considered holy in our culture and hence the city located on confluence of Mutha and Mula river came to be known as Punya nagari (Holy City), later Pune. Imagine the current situation of this river. how about life of fish, birds, amphibians, insects etc who live and feed around the river, Imagine the impact on the quality of ground water, think of the last few trees remaining on the banks of this river, what would have been happening to the whole Eco system?
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  • Stall the destruction of the streams, water bodies and forest in Chandivali-Powai Mumbai-400072
    What is being destroyed has been the lungs of the Powai area; these forests have stopped the flooding of the area; these forests have waterfalls emerging in rains and has some rear birds and animals, wild boar, wild cats, eagles etc.
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  • Save Groundwater from the Industrial effluents
    Dear Sir, At the outset, we received a representation & the documentary evidence from the Sarpanch of Chennampalli Village, Papanaidupet P.O., Yerpedu Mandal, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh State, INDIA requesting us for help to unravel their area Ground Water Pollution crisis. It is reported that M/s. Malladi Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. [ http://www.malladi.co.in ] is discharging effluents into a canal, resulting in contamination of the ground water resources. The aggrieved village people are struggling for the past several years to resolve the issue in all possible ways, but in vain. A.P. Pollution Control Board issued closure orders two times I.e., on 10.10.2011 and on 11.9.2014. But the Pharmaceuticals industry officials are managing to run the industry operations, uninterruptedly. Now they got status quo orders Dt. 16.9.2014 from the Andhra Pradesh High Court, to continue the industry operations. After perusal of the documentary evidence, we conducted field visit on 2.10.2014. It is observed that the industry’s effluents are coming from a drain and flowing into a canal that leading to the SWARNAMUKHI RIVER. Ground water in that area is totally got polluted. The Chennampalli village people explained the details of their 5 years long struggle. They have organized many agitations and protests. Appeals were submitted to Government authorities, Political Leaders and also to the State Governor. The agitation news was covered in the local news papers on many occasions. The news paper clippings are available for verification. “Our Helping Hands Organization endeavor is to identify the Social problems and inform the same to the suitable and capable authorities / organizations / intellectuals so that the issues can be resolved efficiently. We will be extending cooperation in organizing others plan of action, at field level, as we don't have the funds to operate on our own. Due to personal reasons, we don’t like to solicit for funds, for any purpose, either from individual donors or from Government / other organizations. We prefer to be the facilitators, in the process of the Social Justice. As the issue is now in the A.P. High Court legal progression and the Pharmaceutical Industry continues to discharge to effluents & polluting the environment, the village people are very much worried about their future. We hope, every one will agree with us that the Judiciary procedures generally take very long time to settle any problem. Further, the High Court legal dealings are beyond the perception and ambit of common people. It is also expensive to engage a qualified lawyer to present the case in the High Court, on behalf of the village people. Hence, we hereby place this appeal for structural support......................… Proficient / competent organizations and the intellectuals interested in this issue are requested to come forward to initiate suitable further course of action and protect the environment from the pollution being caused by the Pharmaceutical industry. This has become essential as the Pollution Control Board’s efforts to stop the effluents flow, for the past 3 years, are unsuccessful. Our Helping Hands organization is prepared to organize and perform any other organisation / Intellectuals plan of action, at the field level. Regards, Helping Hands
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  • Protect laws that protect people and environment from exploitation
    Currently, some of the primary laws that protect the environment, forests and people: The Environment Protection Act, the Forest Conservation Act and Wildlife Protection Act, are under the threat of being diluted. Apart from that there is also news, the National Green Tribunal, the only exclusive green body to provide effective and expeditious disposal of cases related environment protection, conservation of forests and natural resources and giving relief for those who are affected. Stop the dilution of these legislations for the future of India’s environment and people. Environment Impact Assessment Notification: - Already this year, slight changes in legislation now allow coal mines to expand by approx. 5 million tons per annum WITHOUT a public hearing. Which means, if a running mine wants to expand into a local’s backyard as long as the size of expansion is within the new limit – How does that make sense? [1] - The government has also permitted mid-sized polluting industries to operate within five km of national parks and sanctuaries with state clearances, compared with the 10-km limit imposed by the Supreme Court. [2] - There is a proposal that instead of each mine in a cluster having to get separate environment clearance, mines would be APPROVED IN CLUSTERS – Does this mean that if a small mine has got environment clearance, the projects around that mine will easily get it as well based on same landscape? An impact of one mine on a forest is much different from impact of 10 mines even if the landscape and the density of forest was same. - The government has proposed that large dams (more than 5000ha) for drinking and industrial water supply escape scrutiny by EAC of the MoEF. It’s a known fact that large dams have significant impacts on the ecology and local communities. An unbiased approval by the EAC of MoEF is necessary as there is pressure on State Appraisal Committees because most of the drinking water supply or flood embankment projects are undertaken by state governments. Forest Conservation Act: - Prospecting forest areas of upto 100 hectares will NOT need official inspection – This means that if any company wants to explore forest areas of upto 100 hectares, the government officials won’t even inspect the area and grant permissions. Is that safe for communities and wildlife in our forests? [3] - A recent change made by the government now suggests that for any forest clearance, a collector will decide whose consent is necessary and whose does not matter. This is AGAINST the previous rule that allowed the Tribal Gram Sabha to get consent from people who resided in these areas and/or were dependent on these forests for their livelihoods. This change makes the Forest Rights Act a redundant legislation because corruption and personal opinions can ignore the rights of the forest dwellers. [4] Wildlife Protection Act: - The constitution of the NBWL and its Standing Committee set up in July 2014 seems ambiguous . It is not even available on MoEF website. The notification seems to be in violation of the Wildlife Protection Act in letter and spirit and is not in the interest of the wildlife, biodiversity or protected areas in the country. The Notification dated 22 July 2014 does not nominate any NGO as stipulated by the Wildlife protection Act. [5] National Green Tribunal: - There is also a proposal to DILUTE the powers of NGT and move it under the MoEF. This means that the current hope for environment and people’s rights to be protected from ignorant corporate projects for short term goals will now be crushed as the fair and exclusive. [6] Mr. Prime Minister, Hoping your motto: “Sabka saath sabka vikaas” (participation of all, development for all) is not limited to - the corporates who clearly benefit from all these changes as their projects would cruise through processes with no checks on impacts on environment or people - the 30% of the population in the urban cities which will benefit short term with the increasing energy supply but would lose natural resources like clean water, dense forests and clean air in the long run and for generations to come. Source: 1. http://www.moef.nic.in/sites/default/files/OM%20dated%2028.07.2014%20one%20time%20expansion.pdf 2. http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/nda-eases-green-rules-to-push-investments-114080700031_1.html 3. http://forestsclearance.nic.in/writereaddata/public_display/schemes/61830823$Guidelines-1.pdf 4. http://www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/files/file/Forest%20(Conservation)%20Amendment%20Rules,%202014.pdf 5. http://sandrp.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/we-want-a-robust-national-board-for-wildlife-submission-from-several-organisations-and-indi
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  • Will the real anti national please stand up?
    Sustainable development will ensure a safe and wholesome future for the generations to come. The real threat to India’s future is the companies who are exploiting India’s resources and displacing millions of people -- not the people like me arguing for a more sustainable path.
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  • Save Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary from becoming a garbage dumping ground by PMC
    THE PROBLEM STATEMENT: The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is reputed of being one of the oldest sanctuaries in the area since the Development Plan of 1987. Every morning around 5-6 trucks of garbage is dumped at the entrance of this 20-acre park. While the Superintendent of PMC garden department goes on to reason that there is no other depot in the proximity of the Sangamwadi ward, the sign declaring it to be “under PMC maintenance” is most ironical. The nearby water body, Mulla Mutha River, which is the source of natural drinking water for the birds, is not without sewage and solid wastes like plastic bags and bottles. There are also a bunch of miscreants involved in undesirable activities like drinking, gambling and tree-cutting. Besides the unruly trees, there is no definite pathway or proper security systems for the visitors, which worsen their already disturbing experience of the visit. A bird sanctuary is meant to attract birds. Given the above-mentioned scenario, one can hardly imagine any bird species being attracted here. The drastic dip in the number of bird-sightings noted lately is only natural. OUR GOAL: To get rid of the garbage and pollution that inflicts the sanctuary and prevent further accumulation of the same, thus ensuring habitable conditions for varied species of birds once again. AFTERMATH: The sanctuary used to house diversified habitat ranging from shallow water reserves to rock outcrop. Now all that meets the eye are piles of smelly garbage that cause infestation of stray dogs, rodents, scavengers, snakes. Quite obviously, it remains deserted all week, except on Sundays where college yours are organized. THE FUTURE: If we can’t achieve this goal, we’ll be looking at a future where this place will become a full-fledged dumping ground. With zero maintenance and unchecked pollution, there will be no sign of birds or human visitors whatsoever.
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  • Illegal toxic dumping in Kerala affecting local community and children
    My community is facing a serious threat from this company; I see that a lot of people in my community dying with cancer and what’s worse I see children born with disorders and diseases. The water in the wells has been affected and has turned acidic. The river in which the company discharged effluents provides drinking water to neighbouring towns, passes through major heritage temples in Trichur such as Arattupuzha and Triprayar. What’s more troublesome and disturbing is that this river connects to the beach in Chavakkad near Guruvayur and hence would affect marine lives as well. Our community has been protesting for years and have been fighting the battle with this company. The youth in our community have had rely hunger strike and held press conferences for this issue however we need more support to get as many people on board. There has been a non-violent strike for more than 50 days and the hunger strike has crossed 24 days. Please sign this petition and support our fight against this company. Visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/mulanguepourasamithi/on Facebook for pictures, news and updates.
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