• 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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  • Please DO NOT USE AGRICULTURE LANDS for new Capital City in Andhra Pradesh State
    Pulling 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.
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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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  • 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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  • Save 10,000 acres of forests in Nelliyampathis
    Nelliyampathy , 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.
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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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  • 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!
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  • Save the Indian Caracal
    Over 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.
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