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
Save 800 Trees from becoming a Steel FlyoverAccording to National Assessment of Air Pollution put out by Ministry of Environment and Forests, vehicles contribute to 42% of the total particulate matter and 67% of nitrogen oxides in air. With Bangalore city reaching dangerous levels of pollutants(57% increase in PM10 between the years 2010 and 2014, according to Central Pollution Control Board), air pollution levels will increase further without any trees along the roads to absorb pollutants. The trees provide shade and fresh air to pedestrians and better atmosphere for residents. In an already polluted city, we cannot cut down the only air purifiers we have! What chance do we have at survival after that? These trees have taken decades to grow this big and beautiful, and cutting them down just so that a person can get to the Airport 20 minutes early is not making use of space in the best way. The Steel Flyover project shows the lack of planning by the Government. A lot of flyovers and bridges have been constructed in the past but they haven't given any relief to the commuters in this city. How will this 7km project be any different? Besides, it is a matter of shame for a city that has prided itself on being known as the Garden City of India, where we once walked under canopies formed by trees lining our streets. A developed country is not a country in which every poor man uses a car, but a country where every rich man uses the public transport. We need to make sure that Bangalore does not change from Garden city to some ill-planned metropolitan. Public funds need to be utilized in a way that goes beyond short term convenience and provides lasting infrastructure which complements our natural environment, and not destroy it. Just imagine a city with no trees,only more flyovers, more vehicles and more emissions. Since older and larger trees take up more carbon, we need to seriously reconsider the idea of chopping big trees and planting younger seedlings. 60,000 saplings promised by the Government cannot compensate for what 800 full grown trees can offer. These saplings can take upto 20-30 years to reach full maturity. The Government promises to plant 3 saplings if it cuts one mature tree. But the Government does not share any details regarding -The type of saplings being planted -Where the saplings will be planted -Whether any committee is being formed to look after the saplings and make sure they survive -Whether these saplings will face the same fate as the 800 trees being cut down now for other “development projects”. If the Government keeps it’s promise of planting 60,000 saplings, then it will be outside the city where a large amount of fertile land is available. But will these trees on the outskirts of the town absorb the pollutants we will be breathing inside Bangalore? Imagine yourself walking on one of those Bangalore streets which have huge trees on both sides of the road, and the trees happen to twist and turn around themselves forming an arch, and only letting a few sunrays to touch the ground. The cool Bangalore breeze making the trees dance and a few petite flowers fall from the trees on you, bringing their beautiful fresh scent to you. If these trees are cut, imagine what we lose. We lose a part of our heritage. We lose a part of us.
Save The Walkway (or THE ECO-SENSITIVE ZONE) of the KBR National ParkKBR Park is a “National Park”. This national park is located on a ridge which acts as a vast carbon and water sink for the rapidly developing city and stands as the last vestige of the flora, fauna and unique rock formations representing the rich bio-diversity of the Deccan Plateau which includes over 600 species of plant life (including rare medicinal plants), 120 species of birds, 20 mammal species, about 20 species of reptiles and amphibians and hundreds of species of insects, and other invertebrates. Hyderabad currently has a dismal 2.6% tree cover as compared to a national average of 10% and this National Park in the middle of our city acts as our lungs. Any talk of cutting and/or transplantation of trees in the close proximity of the National Park also referred to as ESZ (Eco-Sensitive Zone) or buffer zone cannot be compared with the cutting down or transplantation of trees elsewhere in the city. Any damage to the Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ) around the national park, will cause irreparable damage to the ecology of the national park. The Clause 1.1.2, in the letter by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, to the Chief Wildlife wardens of all States and Union Territories (Dated 9th February, 2011) states that the areas within 10 km of the boundaries of the National Park and sanctuaries falls under Eco-Sensitive Zone. The Gazette of India, from the MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE NOTIFICATION, New Delhi dated 18th December, 2015, has declared a 25-35m of the HMDA walkway around the perimeter of the park as an “Eco-Sensitive Zone” from ecological and environmental point of view. We are already at a minimum requirement with respect to the width of the buffer zone. With the new SRDP (Strategic Road Development Plan), most of this buffer zone will be destroyed, including the flora, fauna and rare rock formations. SRDP around the park, is not about development, it is about a slow and sure death of a national park and its eco-system, causing irrevocable damage to the city and the quality of life of its people on the whole. Transplantation of trees which fall in the Eco-Sensitive Zone in the name of saving KBR, this is not even an option that can be considered, as per the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate change notification. As mentioned earlier, any damage to this Eco-Sensitive Zone, will have a direct detrimental impact on the KBR National Park. Therefore, we urge the government and the concerned departments to seriously evaluate alternative options including re-routing the flyovers around the KBR National Park, working in conjunction with urban town planners to come up with alternative routes, improving existing public transport systems with special focus on the upcoming Metro rail project, car pooling options, staggered office timings etc. This movement is not about saving a few trees around the KBR national park, it is about saving KBR national park as a unit. We need to question all developmental projects and put in place a system that will ensure that equal importance and focus is given to safeguarding, developing, maintaining and improving the natural resources of our city. While we are not against any development, we are for “organic, sensitive and sustainable” growth, which will be in complete sync with the commitment India has made at Paris Climate Change Agreement in which we have agreed to increase our green cover to sequester the carbon we are emitting.
Musi - Killed by IndustrializationAs you know, We are surplus in population in our city now. We are thirsty in mid rainy season and summers are the worst. We are fed with water being pumped out of Krishna & Godavari, which is too costly for us as a government. Musi is one such natural asset of our region (Telangana), spread among districts, which we can concentrate on to bring back to life. I believe It can suffice at least half the water need in our city. It can bring up Eco tourism in our city, in turn, some more revenue, employment, and reduced cost on water feed to city. Putting aside everything, its we putting forward the nature before us and co exist along with it, proving to the world, civilization can exist without natural destruction! We realize..! Thy we survive!!
don't reduce the green coverThe value of an apple tree doesn’t lie in terms of economy only, but also in its carbon capturing efficiency. The most significant and undisputed problem of the World today is Climate Change, which has resulted due to Global warming. Uncontrolled Carbon emissions in the atmosphere are increasing global warming. All green trees help in carbon capturing, so does the apple tree. As per the one of the reports of New York’s State Apple Research and Development Program, an acre of orchard fixes about 20 tons of CO2 from the air each season, releases 15 tons of oxygen, and provides over 3.4-4 billion BTU’s (equivalent to about 85-90 air conditioners of 10,000 BTU capacity running 24/7 for 6 months) of cooling power. In addition, some carbon is sequestered in the new wood and, roots of the trees. Apple trees also help perpetuate the water cycle by returning water vapors back into the atmosphere. Uprooting such a huge number of apple trees is not a worthy idea. Uprooting of trees are not only resulting in reduction of the carbon capturing capacity from atmosphere, but, also increasing carbon emissions due to its decay. There seems no difference in actions taken by farmers to encroach in forests then, and as ordered by the Court to remove all the encroachments now, as in both the actions there is loss/impact to environment. Hence, Government needs to step in and, find some other desirable alternatives to remove encroachments, so that, the very idea to save environment can be ensured.
GREEN EARTHAs industrial and economic activities expand, global environmental problems grow ever more serious. Environmental issues will be as urgent a task for mankind in the 21st century as with overcoming population, food, resources and energy issues. It is very important as it will combat our various problems including climate change , ecosystem and to preserve our Mother Nature .The Peace scholar Elise Boulding (1920 -2010 ) believed that a the future direction of the society is in fact determined by 5 percent who are active and committed .
save tree..plant tree..save life..use green fuelThese above mentioned demands are all made for my city. I want to see my city as one of the greenest and cleanest city of India. The tree plantation drive would reduce the city pollution. I want to see my city as one of the pollution free and smoke free city of India. And the use of green fuel and green power system can improve the economy of the city.
SAVE ARAVALLI HILLS FROM DESTRUCTIONThe Aravalli Range is a range of mountains in western India running approximately 800 km in a northeastern direction across Indian states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi. Aravalli is the oldest mountain range in India. Due to mining in earlier years, this area has been ravaged beyond repairs. Due to a SC judgement, there is ban on mining in this area. Still, there have been numerous reports of illegal mining. • The Aravallis are ecologically very significant, and form the catchments of rivers and nallas that originate from the hills and irrigate the plains. • The Aravallis have also been identified as an important groundwater recharge zone and are very important to the future groundwater security of south Haryana towns like Gurgaon and Faridabad, and provide sweet drinking water to millions of people. • The Aravallis also consist of unspoilt forests like the Mangarbani which are home to close to 300 native plant species, 120 bird species and many animals (jackal, neelgai, mongoose). • The Aravallis provide the only major forest cover in the state of Haryana which has a total forest cover of just 3.59%, the second lowest among Indian states. It is high time that the state recognized the importance of this region and took steps to protect it.
Save Mangar Bani Forest Faridabad (Delhi NCR'S last Virgin Forest)Since from childhood we have been inculcated with the importance of trees. In almost every function the chief guests use to sow a tree... why so..? Just to add a goodwill factor to the programme..! I guess YES... my thinking goes strong and strongest by every passing moment, when I find myself incapable in saving Mangar Bani... the ONLY virgin forest left in NCR..! Isn't it a matter of concern... I will say HUGE concern indeed. But I guess for some it’s not a big deal... trees will grow trees will fall... to all those people who have and promote this momentary and completely senseless thinking, I want to present some facts to them: - Mangar Bani forest plays crucial role in providing water (Approx US $2 Billion Annually-As per the sources available on net) - Mangar Bani is rich in flora (Dhak, tesu, dhau, desi keekar, jangal jaleebi, munj, churail, paapri, frankincense and many more). - Mangar Bani has rare fauna preserved in itself, including various foreign species. 47 species of birds have been reported over there. A black eagle (spotted only once in past 100 years in Delhi) and a red headed vulture have been spotted recently in Mangar Bani. It also plays home to jungle cat, nilgai, jackals, leopard and deer. And for those who care for trees, who want to protect them... this is enough to know that Mangar Bani is gonna be down soon... Come on friends... let's come together for the sake of ONLY forest left in NCR... lets preserve the future... let's SAVE MANGAR BANI.
Stop AVH Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. Project situated at Halkarni, Chandgad, KolhapurChandgad 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.
Save The Rain Forest of North East IndiaForest 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..
Campaign:Save Our Mula-Mutha River of PuneThis 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?
Please DO NOT USE AGRICULTURE LANDS for new Capital City in Andhra Pradesh StatePulling out thousands of acres of Highly Fertile Lands form the farmers to build State Capital will not only push the farmers in to a dangerous zone, but also damage the Ecosystem. In addition, this also creates severe scarcity of Food Grains. The entire stretch of VGTM (Vijayawada, Guntur, Telnali and Mangalagiri) is called "ANNAPURNA" where the farmers produce range of Food Grains from highly fertile lands. We should sustain the name "Food Bowl of India". Now, by pulling out those highly fertile lands for building the state capital will create a serious threat for FARMERS, ENVIRONMENT and creates FOOD SCARCITY. Hence, please stop pulling out agriculture lands for state capital. Instead, look out for an alternate place.
Stall the destruction of the streams, water bodies and forest in Chandivali-Powai Mumbai-400072What 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.
Protect laws that protect people and environment from exploitationCurrently, 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?  - 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.  - 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?  - 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.  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.  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.  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
Save 10,000 acres of forests in NelliyampathisNelliyampathy , home to endangered species , Lion Tailed macaque, Nilgiri tahr , Nilgiri marten, Hornbill, Nilgiri langur , has one of the richest tropical wet evergreen forests of Western Ghats. Nelliyampathy is located on the south of the Palghat gap and had been under the grip of powerful estate owners since independence. The Nelliyampathy forest area is part of the buffer zone of Parambikulam Sanctuary (western and northern boundaries) . It is also one of the critical habitat of Tiger, Leopards and other carnivores. The density of population of Lion tailed macaque is the highest in Nelliyampathy (much more than Silent Valley ). Karuna estate belongs to the Poabs group which has the highest stake of quarrying in Kerala and is the producer of m-sand . Once these beautiful hills are given away to Karuna estates, quarrying would become the order of the day.The environment assessment done during the time frame 1990-96, reports that 834 acre Karuna plantations alone had logged over 5000 trees from the land. The same report also mentions that the actual data of logging would be many times higher than the data by Kerala Forest department. Like Karuna, there are other estates who have filed similar cases for land acquisition. Any lapse in Karuna case would weaken remaining cases which would put 10,000 acres of forest land at stake . Nelliampathy Hill tract has catchment area of Pothundy, Meenkara, Chulliyar, Karappara Puzha, Bharathapuzha, MangalamPuzha and Athirappilly river which provides water security to lakhs of farmers in Palakkad and Trichur districts. Giving away Karuna estates would mean opening up the hills of Nelliyampathy to powerful estate owners of Kerala for timber logging and quarrying. It is your choice to sign this petition and ensure Nelliyampathy is saved.
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.
Save Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary from becoming a garbage dumping ground by PMCTHE 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.
Illegal toxic dumping in Kerala affecting local community and childrenMy 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.
OILY MOILY NEEDS TO GO!This is completely unacceptable – the Minister must resign right now and his decisions must be reviewed. Can you imagine generations of Indians living with their forests, animals and biodiversity wiped out? Because believe it or not, this is the path Mr. Veerappa Moily is taking us on. And this is an irreversible process that will not benefit the people of India in any way. And only serves the interests of a few corporate players and I refuse to accept that. Support me in asking the Prime Minister to sack Mr. Moily NOW!
Save the Indian CaracalOver the years, India has lost some of it's magnificent wildlife. The Indian Caracal, is a medium sized cat that is fast approaching extinction. Sharing the same history like the Cheetah, this cat was once trained by the Mughal's to hunt birds and other small prey. There are an estimated 200 Caracals left in India, and the major reason behind it's falling numbers is the loss of natural habitat. Its current distribution in India is restricted to the drier parts and it has been sighted in the Kutch district of Gujarat, Narayan Sarovar in Gujarat, the Sariska Tiger Reserve, the Ranthambhore National Park and Bikaner district in Rajasthan, the Melghat Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra and Chambal region of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Through this peitition, we urge our forest minister to take measures to protect the existing habitat of the caracal, undertake studies to estimate their population and distribution and release guidelines for their protection.
Save 274 acres of Botanical Garden reserve forest land from Eco-tourism projectBotanical Garden is the only green space available in vicinity for many walkers, meditator's and martial art seekers in the early mornings to fill their lungs with purest air , embracing peace by listening to various birds and witnessing the early rays of sun, its a reserve of many medicinal plants helping many biologists for their research and provides opportunity to enlighten many school kids with a real plant kingdom. 274 acres of reserve forest land was diverted for this "eco tourism project". Now, in the name of "visitors ameneties", a 400 room hotel with swimming pool, gym, beauty parlor etc, 2500 capacity convention center, pre function hall, a mall(shopping area of 6,64,00 sq. ft), multiplex, etc are coming up in this site. All the thousands of trees which took minimum of 15 years to grow into such huge entities deserve to be loved and protected. 30 years effort of silent plant growth should not be pulled down in a days span for sake of currency. This nature which we witness today should be preserved for our as well as future generations.
Stop Destruction of River Sal in Goa! Builders, build responsibly! Beware of people's power!Your timely intervention is essentially important so as to prevent and or to stop the prospective mega-builders from further damaging our fragile environment through their mega-housing projects. To further allow mega-builders to irresponsibly pursue with the construction of residential flats is to blindly encourage the same to destroy our village environment as succinctly explained above. To coolly and blindly ignore the same is to invite socio-environmental disaster in the village, and the ensuing damage done will be beyond redemption, and that to our sorrow and much disappointment. It needs to be cautiously noted that the upcoming mega-housing project planned by the Raheja builders is to be located very close to the bank of the River Sal in Carmona, Salcette, Goa. Undoubtedly, any mega-housing project in the proximity of the river is definitely bound to disrupt the immediate environment and ecological balance, as well as adversely pollute and eventually destroy all aquatic life of river Sal. Subsequently, those nearby villagers depending upon a nominal fishing occupation for their sustenance are going to be economically badly affected. Even otherwise, river Sal and its immediate surroundings are definitely going to be disrupted as pointed out above and on this indisputable count alone the construction of mega-housing projects in our small village should be logically strongly opposed and or banned, once for all! At the cost of repeating, pollution of River Sal and the consequent environmental damage subsequent to the construction of Rahejas mega-housing project is inevitable. It needs to be kept in mind that the proposed Drainage/Sewage system of Rahejas project under consideration is technically inappropriate according to experts, and the Locals believe that the damage done to the "River Sal" and its surroundings will definitely affect the village life gravely and, perhaps, even beyond restoration to its original condition. Moreover, my village is currently facing acute water-shortage problems and also it is subjected to repeated power failures. And, if the proposed mega-housing project by the Rahejas is blindly allowed to materialize, then the ensuing increase in population in the village will not only just hamper the quality and quantity of our drinking water supply but also eventually destroy the environment and the river life through its pollution. A significant number of concerned people in my village and I have been fighting the battle against mega-builders and their evildoers for more than seven years, with the sole noble objective to save river Sal and sustain the environment in our village from being adversely damaged. Logically, to achieve this attainable goal, your unconditional help and valuable support by signing this petition is herein solicited with much gratitude! Time and again, we have approached the builders to bring to their attention as to how any mega-housing project close to the banks of River Sal would adversely affect the environment and the river Sal as well as discussed with them how the ensuing sewage/garbage problems could affect the village even if the same are attempted to be resolved in a more sustainable way; and, that the builders should not go ahead with any construction just to make much profit and build up their financial empire in Mumbai at the cost of sacrificing the village life by deliberately damaging the surrounding areas and their environment which have been well sustained by the locals for generations. Unfortunately for the villagers, the representative/s of the builders did not show any signs of concern and, instead, only replied "we will get it done, the way we want it", and for which purpose they have the money- and muscle-power to mobilize the support of vulnerable corrupt men when in power at the Village Panchayat level, and or more, at the Governmental level. Notwithstanding the firm determination of the builders to pursue their ignoble dream of getting richer and richer through their irresponsible plans to build mega-housing projects, we need to zealously pursue the noble goal of protecting our village, and saving it for our children and future generations. Friends and co-villagers, help me fight this battle and help ourselves keep this village safe and clean, and thereby let us set an example for other Goans as well to fight similar battles and keep Goa safe and sound, and preserve its scarce land and natural resources exclusively and rightly for the benefit of the native people of Goa and of our children and future generations. As such, kindly Sign, and also widely Share this Petition with others concerned, Online! Many Many Thanks for your concern, and for your unconditional support and prayers!
Clean Up Garbage Around Bijwasan Nallah-Near Palam ViharIt is unhealthy practice that needs to be curbed. I have listed below some of the reasons why this needs to be taken care off 1) Stagnant water source of mosquito breeding 2) Unsightly and unhealthy 3) Lots of birds visit this place and its is bad for them to have human garbage piling around- they feed on this sometimes and it is damaging to their health. 4) Just the presence of excess garbage forces rag pickers, stray dogs and other animals to visit- which is dangerous to their health and also affects other people passing through this area. 5) Its is unhealthy unsightly and offensive and likely to spread disease.
If a tourist enters a national park/protected forest area then they must plant a tree.There is a need to preserve nature. This is felt by all tourists visiting national parks and forest reserves and other secluded places to enjoy nature. Hence they are acutely aware that nature needs to be preserved now so that their children can enjoy nature too. I am sure that every tourist will be happy to spend a little money to see their planted sapling grow into a healthy tree. So they will not be averse to this plan. This effort will also help the local people living around forest to get a small source of income. My fellow trekkers !! I feel its time we contribute to our state-country and the worlds beauty by planting more trees whenever we step out of our doors on a trip or tour. We should no longer selfishly enjoy mother nature beauty but also should actively contribute by making it even more beautiful. A single tree can produce more than 100kgs of oxygen and consume greater than 70kgs of carbon dioxide. We can beat the harmful effects of harmful gases in our atmosphere and ensure a pollution free environment. Because it is well known that trees can reduce pollution and also increase the likelihood of rain. Plus imagine the number of animals a single tree provides shelter ! you will be saving those animals from extinction.
High tension power line over western ghats,Kodagu (Coorg)The power line from Kaiga atomic power station to Kerala which passes through Coorg will cut across evergreen forest of western ghats, Rajeev Gandhi National Park (Nagarhole) wildlife sanctuary , paddy fields, coffee plantations and disturb and displace the native populations who have made this place their homes from thousands of years. This power line will not benefit Coorg in any way. Thousands of acres of forest land, paddy fields, coffee plantations will be encroached and affect the livelihood of the native people directly and indirectly. Native people will be forced to abandon their land and ancestral homes and cause irrecoverable damages. So far no proper replacement has given to the people who have been displaced due to dam, hydro electric projects etc. In an era where climate change is haunting us, it is our duty to stop destructive project such as this and to protect our last remaining forests, native people and promote more sustainable ways to live.
save the western ghatsOur western ghats are filled with a variety of plants, herbs and home to some endangered birds and animals. Recently, some new species of insects and fishes were discovered by ecologist in goa, karnataka, lavasa and near by areas. These ghats are the pride of maharashtra, goa, karnataka and some parts of gujarat. If the government is not able to handle the situation and takes no necessary action to stop as well as to control these criminal activities, the day is not very far from disaster. All Mining work is destroying the forests and sea where as dams and human encroachments are killing insects, birds, water life and animals. One of the best hill stations of western ghats is Ooty and is famous for its beauty but now its turning into a garbage dump due to humans.! No Western Ghats- No Life.
GREEN PALAKURALIplants are very important for life in earth plants are even known to relate to the moods and behaviors of the people they’re growing around! For example, an angry or hostile gardener will cause his or her plants to wilt, shrink and even die, while a gardener who speaks to his or her plants encouragingly and in a soothing voice, and approaches them with true appreciation and affection, will make them grow strong and beautiful.1 Read more: Plant Power: Keeping Our Green Friends Happy http://www.kidzworld.com/article/17187-plant-power-keeping-our-green-friends-happy#ixzz2acExTI8W
TTD to stop using plastic bags for Laddu prasadDear EO sir, Plastic is harmful to environment. It takes more than 100years to decompose in the environment. The production of plastic is harmful to the environment. Plastic is made from petroleum and the refining process puts a lot of toxins into the earth's atmosphere. Around 50,000 pilgrims visit the main temple every day. it creates huge plastic wastage.