• Toxic Free Kapila
    Observing the media reports and research papers, along with couple of personal visits, it’s evident that all efforts are temporarily been taken and that, a concrete plan for Kapila river to be clean, healthy and safe for usage by people or for the aqua-fauna life, is yet to be planned and implemented. The various stakeholders such as industries, local authorities, tourists, devotees and local people are the ones that can make difference by working hand-in-hand. This petition is to raise awareness among various stakeholders and have an infrastructure in-place and have people responsible for sustaining the water quality of Kapila River. Pls click on the link below: http://kannadanews-tv9.blogspot.in/2017/02/organisations-volunteers-cleanup.html Let’s join hands for Kapila River that provides drinking water and livelyhood for people of Nanjangud. Some of the suggestions to curb the water quality deterioration of Kapila: 1) The river cleaning needs autonomous body or support of Environmentalists and NGO’s that would have river cleaned every quarter in a year. 2) Strict rules and penalties for people and industries polluting the river for personal or commercial use. 3) Making “No disposal Zone” (NDZ) around the river. 4) No bathing, washing or garbage disposal in the river. 5) The EU – India water partnership, speaks about industries or organisations providing sustainable clean drinking water system. The practice of society, communities and corporate working hand-in-hand. 6) Imposing carbon emission or waste disposal penalties to industries. 7) Encouraging innovative methods or alternate use of waste among industries near Kapila. It’s important to save these rivers and lakes that are part of forming a beautiful tourist spot, which gives this small place an opportunity to grow. Given that India is destination for tourists from all over the world, the Kapila (Kabini) river can entice you with its beauty. The more people get to know about it, the more tourists’ visits, more livelyhood, but, not at the cost of the river being used and abused for personal or commercial use. We are fortunate to have born in a place of holy and clean rivers like Godavari and Kapila that still serve the mankind with its goodness. It’s time to give back to Mother Earth.
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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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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Pollution in Greater Noida - Green Belt
    A factory adjacent to Gautam Buddha University, Gautam Budh Nagar, Greater Noida is producing heavy poisonous gas and polluting the entire area. The factory is also close to the only proposed Night Wildlife Safari in India. Effects of air pollution: Acidification: Chemical reactions involving air pollutants can create acidic compounds which can cause harm to vegetation and buildings. Sometimes, when an air pollutant, such as sulfuric acid combines with the water droplets that make up clouds, the water droplets become acidic, forming acid rain. When acid rain falls over an area, it can kill trees and harm animals, fish, and other wildlife. Acid rain destroys the leaves of plants.When acid rain infiltrates into soils, it changes the chemistry of the soil making it unfit for many living things that rely on soil as a habitat or for nutrition. Acid rain also changes the chemistry of the lakes and streams that the rainwater flows into, harming fish and other aquatic life. Eutrophication: Rain can carry and deposit the Nitrogen in some pollutants on rivers and soils. This will adversely affect the nutrients in the soil and water bodies. This can result in algae growth in lakes and water bodies, and make conditions for other living organism harmful. Ground-level ozone: Chemical reactions involving air pollutants create a poisonous gas ozone (O3). Gas Ozone can affect people’s health and can damage vegetation types and some animal life too. Short-term effects: Irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, and upper respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. Others include headaches, nausea, and allergic reactions. Short-term air pollution can aggravate the medical conditions of individuals with asthma and emphysema. Long-term health effects: Chronic respiratory disease, lung cancer, heart disease, and even damage to the brain, nerves, liver, or kidneys. Continual exposure to air pollution affects the lungs of growing children and may aggravate or complicate medical conditions in the elderly.
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  • Save Groundwater from the Industrial effluents
    Dear 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
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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 Ludhiana
    1) This is effecting the food chain of the city and its neighboring areas and all the other areas where the rice,vegetables from this is being delivered. 2) Very high concentration of harmful chemicals like calcium, magnesium, fluoride, mercury, beta-endosulphan and heptachlorm, ammonia, phosphate, chloride, chromium, arsenic and chlorpyrifos,nickel and selenium,lead, nickel and cadmium are entering in the food chain of that areas as well into the tap water that people are daily drinking. Also in 2010, water samples taken from the Nullah, showed heavy metal content as quite high and the presence of uranium 1½ times the reference range. For example, chromium was 50 times the reference range, aluminum and iron 20 and 60 times higher, while concentration of silver, manganese, nickel and lead was equally high. 3) Many cancer related diseases are rapidly spreading around that area because of this.
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  • Yikes Mumbai you're getting smellier! Penalize & make companies liable for oil spills around Mumbai.
    Mahul Creek, a tidal creek located around Chembur and Mahul in north-west Mumbai, is surrounded by oil refineries such as BPCL Refinery, TATA Power Company and a few others. In between all these oil refineries sits Mahul village. A large number of people in this village depend on fishing to earn their daily wages.The fishermen from Mahul catch fish in the creek from Mahul to the Trombay area. In addition to this the government has also granted permission to the fishermen to enter the lands owned by the refineries to carry out their fishing activities. Since there are numerous refineries around the area, a large amount of effluents and discharged oil is always present in the water. However, in the past 7-8 months the amount of leakages has increased drastically. Usually when an oil spill occurs, the pipelines are surveyed for leakages and the surveyors stay in the village for a month during this period.However, in this case they were unable to find the source of this particular leakage for a long time. The leakage has caused severe damage to the ecosystem and marine life. Fishermen have not been able to catch fish properly as the oil coats their nets and ruins them. They also had to stop fishing completely for 2 months as the oil spill made it impossible to fish without damaging their nets or finding decent catch. The fishermen use very large and expensive nets to catch their fish – about 40 men are needed to manage a single fishing net – and hence they cannot risk damaging their nets. The oil coating the surface of the water also results in the death of many fish and other marine life. Usually when there is a spill a large amount of marine life is affected; as the tide moves. the oil spreads across which affects the quality and quantity of fish. The stench of the oil often sticks to the fish which reduces the price drastically; for a catch that could earn Rs.5000, they end up getting only Rs.500. Also, even if the oil is cleaned up, the smell of oil on the fish remains.The oil spill is a big impediment to their livelihood as the villagers mostly depends on fishing and related activities. The oil spill has also destroyed the mangroves which were abundant in this region. The mangroves surrounding this area have been completely burnt down and destroyed, also causing long term damage to the saplings. Research has estimated that between 20 to 30 acres of mangroves along a 2 kilo-meter stretch of the coast have been destroyed, also adding that the chances of them growing back are remote. The sludge collected in this area is very thick and could cover the entire village. There are also several health repercussions that the villagers could face because of the leakage. Since the oil was not removed in time, the entire area has been affected. The companies always pass the buck and delay clean-up operations which in-turn destroys marine life, ecosystem and the livelihood of hundreds of people .
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  • Garbage disposal problems of Cities and towns in Tamil Nadu
    Well, imagine yourself living in a city full of garbage lying on the streets, imagine yourself travelling in the local bus sitting next to a person who keeps spitting on the road, doesn't your blood boil? Won't you feel disgusted? I have always been fascinated by the environment and it's beauty ever since I was a little boy. So when I look at my city and how dirty and unclean it is, it is very important for me to stand up and save it from the irresponsible people spoiling it's every inch. Not only that, it also causes so many health related problems. People suffer from so many issues related to dirty air, dirty water and dirty environment. The stagnated garbage not only smells but also attracts lots of unwanted insects like flies, mosquitoes which in turn cause so many diseases. This is why it's very important I save my city. Everything needs a start. Let this be it.
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