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.
Stop Spitting Pune!!!- Spitting is not a harmless thing to do. - Saliva carries live germs for more than 24 hours and can cause EVERY respiratory disease. - India is the highest Tuberculosis (TB) burden country with World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics for 2011 giving an estimated incidence figure of 2.2 million cases of TB for India out of a global incidence of 8.7 million cases. And saliva is the main transmitter for TB. (Source: WHO Report) - The H1N1 virus caused 485 deaths in India between Jan. 1 and Feb. 12, 2015. More than 6,000 people had tested positive for the virus during that time. (Source: Reuters) - In 2009-10, the H1N1 swine flu pandemic spread from central Mexico to 74 other countries including India, killing an estimated 284,000 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Saliva is a carrier for H1N1 virus. - Spitting in public places poses the greatest risk of infection. - Its not about 1 day of a Swacchh Bharat scheme - its about making Pune a cleaner, healthier place to live in.
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 Groundwater from the Industrial effluentsDear 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
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
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 ARANMULA FROM LAND MAFIA ! AVOID AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER !1. THE LOCATION OF THE SAID AIRPORT PROJECT, IS NOT WITH THE REQUIRED DISTANCE FROM EXISTING AIRPORTS.A FEW BODIES INCLUDING A PARLIAMENTARY SUBCOMMITEE HAD RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT THE MERE PRESENCE OF SUCH AN AIRPORT. 2. THE CURRENT LOCALITY IS THICKLY POPULATED AND NEED EVICTION OF MORETHAN 500 FAMILIES, IN THE PRELIMINARY PHASE OF THE SAID PROJECT, AS PER THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NOTIFIED AREA AND OTHER AVAILABLE DATA FROM THE COMPANY, AND WILL BE AFFECTED A FEW RELIGIOUS CENTRES LIKE TEMPLES, CHURCHES, OUT OF WHICH, THE ARANMULA PARTDHA SARADTHY TEMPLE IS WITHIN 250 M.THE TEMPLE REPRESENTS, CENTURIES OLD, ENCIENT CIVILIZATION, WITH A WORLD HERITAGE IDENTITY. 3.THE INITIAL PANS OF THE REAL ESTATE COMPANY, IS TO CUT SURROUNDING, 4 OR 5 HILLS AND FILL UP TO RAISE THE SURROUNDING WETLANDS, WITH THE CUT SOIL, THE PROCESS, IN TURN,WOULD BE DESTROYING THE WATER SHED, EXTENDING TO MORETHAN 15 SqKM, WHICH IS FUNCTIONING AS THE RECHARGE BASIN,TEMPORARY STORAGE OF FLOOD WATER IN THE MONSOONS .THE RUN OFF FROM A HUGE AREA IS TEMPORARILY STORED HERE FOR ALMOST, THE NEXT SIX MONTHS AND IS REGULARLY FEEDING THE RIVER PUMPA AND THE SURROUNDING SHALLOW WELLS.THE COMMUNITY IN THE SURROUNDING AREA MAINLY USING THE SHALLOW WELLS FOR THEIR DRINKING WATER NEEDS AND IF THE WET LANDS ARE FILLED, THE WATER TABLE IN THE WELLS WILL BE LOWERED,EVENTUALLY THE RIVER PUMPA ALSO WILL BE START DYING. THESE WETLANDS WERE ONCE USED FOR ONE CROP PADDY CULTIVATION AND NOW DUE TO SEVERAL REASONS, INCLUDING UNTIMELY WATER LOGGING,NO CULTIVATION IS HAPPENING. BUT BY SPENDONG A FEW LAKHS AND WITH A PLANNED SYSTEM TO CONTROL THE WATER STORAGE AND FLOW,IT COULD EASILY BE RECULTIVATED. THE WET LANDS ARE RICH WITH LOTS OF RARE MIGRATING BIRDS, THE FAUNA, FLARA AS WELL. 4.THE HAMLET ARANMULA, CENTRICAL ABOUT THE PARTDHSARADHY TEMPLE, HAVE A CENTURIES OLD, RICH HISTORY, WHICH CLAIMS, DEFENITELY, A STATUS OF NATIONAL HERITAGE.THE UNIQUE BOAT RACE AND THE ARANMULA METAL MIRROR IS AMONG ITS CONTRIBUTIONS.
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!
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!
Withdraw Order Banning Cycles from 38 Kolkata Roads- Kolkata is the only metropolitan city in India where trips by cycle (11 per cent) outnumber trips by cars (8 per cent) - Traffic accident data for West Bengal (2011) shows only 1.5 per cent of road accidents happen due to fault of cyclists against 71 per cent due to faults of motor vehicle drivers Kolkata has the lowest number of private cars and the least amount of road space (6 per cent) among metro cities. Even smaller cities like Gwalior have more registered motor vehicles than Kolkata. Cycling is practical and popular with the masses - Cycles do not slow down vehicular traffic. Average speed of traffic in Kolkata varies between 14-18 km/ hour. The national average is 22 km/hour - With a population of over 14 million, urban agglomeration of Kolkata is among the most densely populated in the country. At least 7,750 people live in one sq km area. Cycling is a practical mode of transport in such areas
NDTV dump Monsanto!NDTV has partnered with one of the the most unethical corporations and is misleading the people of India into thinking that this series is actually helping the public. Monsanto has recently got a lot of criticisms from around the world and are trying to clean up their public image, this being one of the tactic. - 90% of Genetically engineered (GE) seeds are made and owned by Monsanto. Many consumers are against GE food because it has been associated with health risks, loss of biodiversity, increased use of toxic weed killers (herbicides) and other environmental problems. -Monsanto’s agenda is to turn the world’s agriculture into one big genetic experiment. In most parts of the world (Eg, Europe, Russia, Africa most Latin America and Asian countries) major food companies and retailers are refusing to sell GE foods. There are also many governments who have banned the growing of GE or refusing to import them. In response to the mounting criticism, Monsanto has been making an effort to green up its public image. However, the real Monsanto is in the business of making money- first and last. Their evident strategy is to make farmers worldwide depend on their patented seeds, herbicides and pesticides. The record, as we demonstrate below, shows that Monsanto does not hesitate to sweep aside everything else...sustainable agriculture, the environment, farmer’s livelihoods and consumer’s interests... if this is required to achieve their goal of market domination. Monsanto guilty as charged for crimes against nature, crimes against the right of farmers to grow, and consumers to eat, GE-free crops and food. NDTV is misleading the nation by partnering with Monsanto on a show that has a message of democracy and sustainability. Read full report on Monsanto's deadly sins: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/Global/international/planet-2/report/2008/3/7-deadly-sins.pdf
Give the water allocated to industries back to the farmers battling the drought!I have been involved in a struggle to save about 23,000 hectares of farmland against water diversion to Indiabulls power plant in Amravati district. If all the thermal power plants in the state receive the water as promised by the Maharashtra government, livelihoods of farming communities, already facing distress, will be under threat. Corruption in irrigation and power generation has started eating into basic human rights. Do we want leaders in our government who prioritise money over lives of its hard working citizens? A recent release by SANDRP says that while the 1972 drought could be called a natural calamity, the 2012-13 drought is a disaster of water management, accompanied by corruption, water-intensive cropping patterns; questioning the Chief Minister’s claims that this is a natural calamity. Support me in asking the Chief Minister to halt all allocations and diversions to industries and provide water for irrigation and livelihoods of millions.
Kolkata Stop Honking and Pedestrians Cross only at Zebra CrossingsKolkata the city of joy is soon going to become the city of pain, the age old adage of "if you can drive in Kolkata you can drive anywhere" will soon become "If you claim you can drive in Kolkata you must be flying or dreaming". With the non stop noise pollution due to absolutely unnecessary honking especially at traffic lights one of the causes of which s also pedestrians crossing the roads indiscriminately with the traffic police looking the other side. We need to have a special force dealing with this and drivers once fined for excessive honking should be forced to attend a workshop teaching them when they should honk and the ill effects of honking on the citizens of the kolkata. For all you non believers try standing one day at the park circus or park street or gariahat etc etc crossing for one hour and you will understand how ridiculously people honk when the signal is red and how people put their lives at stake by running across roads when the signal clearly states for them to stop. We as citizens have a right to live in peace and this constant noise is affecting the mental health of children and adults alike. And just because we don't have a car or prefer walking does not give us the right to treat the roads as our living room . We need to tackle this problem immediately as with the increasing population and more traffic this will become almost impossible to tackle unless we start now http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-04-03/kolkata/28138918_1_honking-horn-taxi-drivers http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080624/jsp/calcutta/story_9435214.jsp
Travel Safe Live SafeDaily lakhs and lakhs of commuters travel vide train either for work, education or pleasure. It is the only means of connectivity to the suburbs and much of the time is wasted on the travel itself. And during the course of travelling people have to undergo several issues like crowded trains, hooliganism, travel on the foot boards and the on the top of the train, eve-teasing and many more such issues. Hence stance should be taken for Making rail travel simpler and safer for Mumbaikars.
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.