SAVE ARAVALLI HILLS FROM DESTRUCTIONThe 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.
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.
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 The Rain Forest of North East IndiaForest 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..
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.
Stall the destruction of the streams, water bodies and forest in Chandivali-Powai Mumbai-400072What 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.
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
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