• 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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  • SAVE and CONSERVE Our Athirappilly
    Athirappilly project is across the Chalakkudi River, in Thrissur district of Kerala. Athirappilly falls nicknamed “The Niagara of India” and is located in the Ecologically Sensitive Zone 1 of Western Ghats. Western Ghats is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight “hottest hot-spots” of biological diversity in the world. The only place where the four south Indian hornbills live together. Athirappilly project, first proposed in 1982, received environmental and forest clearances in 1998 and 1999 respectively. Honourable High Court of Kerala, in 2001 suspended these sanctions citing irregularities. Comprehensive Environment Impact Assessment was carried out in January, 2002 and Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) secured environmental clearance in 2005. In 2006, Division bench of Kerala High Court quashed the report and demanded conducting Public Hearing. 90% of people voted against the project. In 2010, Kerala Government sought the opinion of Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel. After thorough study, the panel recommended against the project. The installed capacity is 163MW, considering an efficiency of 30-50% of the installed capacity, power generated would be 50-100MW). Why the Project is no Good. Impact on lives of Kadar Tribes 1. The habitats will be seriously affected Environmental Relevance The submergence of the forest will lead to:- 1. Loss of forest rich in biodiversity and known for its unique riverine forest system (3) 2. Habitat loss for nearly endemic plants (155 species) and animals 3. Habitat loss for the already threatened Hornbills, could lead to extinction (3) 4. Loss of migratory route for elephants Construction of dam will affect migration of fishes 3. Financial Implication A loss of approximately Rs. 500 crore/year worth benefits by ecological destruction and this is not considered in the cost of the project Is there a power crisis in the state? The government documents shows that Kerala has surplus energy in the past few years. Power for the future? KSEB have long term contracts for the purchase of 1250 MW electricity with private/public power generation companies for the next 25 years at the rate of Rs. 3.5/unit. Cost of electricity generated through Athirappilly project Considering the construction, operation and environmental cost, the cost of electricity will be around Rs. 17/ unit. Conclusion- We need development that causes minimum damage to the environment. Let’s join and start today with a massive petition for conservation of Athirappilly and keep building the pressure until we win! Let's show our governments that people overwhelmingly want to protect Athirappilly and by far Western Ghats. 1. Western Ghats (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1342), accessed on 28th June, 2017 2. Biodiversity hotspots for conservation priorities, published in Nature (Journal, Table 6), (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v403/n6772/fig_tab/403853a0_T6.html), accessed on 28th June, 2017 3. Gadgil report (www.moef.nic.in/downloads/public-information/wg-23052012.pdf), accessed on 15th June, 2017 4. Athirappilly Falls (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athirappilly_Falls), accessed on 15th June, 2017 5. Kerala: Bad Ecology, worse economics (http://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/in-other-news/130616/kerala-bad-ecology-worse-economics.html),accessed on 15th June, 2017 6. Economic review 2016, State planning Board, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India March 2017, Volume one (https://kerala.gov.in/documents/10180/ad430667-ade5-4c62-8cb8-a89d27d396f1), accessed on 15th June, 2017
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  • Save 800 Trees from becoming a Steel Flyover
    According 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.
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  • Save The Walkway (or THE ECO-SENSITIVE ZONE) of the KBR National Park
    KBR 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.
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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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  • Musi - Killed by Industrialization
    As 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!!
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  • don't reduce the green cover
    The 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.
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  • GREEN EARTH
    As 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 .
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  • save tree..plant tree..save life..use green fuel
    These 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.
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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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  • SAVE ARAVALLI HILLS FROM DESTRUCTION
    The 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.
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  • 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.
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