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 .
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.
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
Environment Minister, Do NOT allow risky GM field trials in India- There is no scientific consensus on the long term health impacts of GM crops. Running GM open field trials can affect people around it. - GM crops like Bt Cotton have failed over the last 10 years to even increase the yield(the whole purpose of it). Why this desperation to include GM food crops on our soil now? - Once released in the environment, GM crops are hard to be contained and crops around it can be contaminated. - The GM crops are patented by companies like Monsanto. This means that farmers have to pay royalty for growing crops. Why should we allow corporations to have monopoly on our seeds? BJP and its manifesto promised the citizens of this country a precautionary approach on GMOs. But are they stepping back from their promise? Countries like Russia and China, along with many European countries have taken tough steps against GM crops acknowledging long term health impacts. Why should we be a testing ground for companies like Monsanto? This is a fight that needs huge support from within the country. JOIN by signing this petition to protect our food, and ensuring that risky GM food field trials do not take place on Indian soil. Source: 1. http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/field-trial-of-gm-crops-to-begin-soon-javadekar/article1-1254824.aspx 2. Read more about impacts on health and environment http://indiagminfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Sci-ref-complete-book-2nd-edition.pdf
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!
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