• 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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  • 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
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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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  • A Crèche In Your Office Too
    15 years ago, I was one of them. I had to choose between full-time work and my daughter. Needless to say, I chose my daughter and was a stay-at-home mother for 5 years. These hard choices need to end. The modern Indian workplace, rather than force women to choose between work and children, needs to keep pace with the changing roles of women. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2PuAAPYI2Y&feature=youtu.be This will only happen if your Ministry makes it mandatory for every establishment with 20 or more women workers to set up and maintain a crèche for children under the age of six. The good part is that you don’t have to start something new because the groundwork for this is already in place. The Rajiv Gandhi National Crèche Scheme for Children of Working Mothers currently covers tribal, rural and urban children across 449 districts. And in 2013, the Ministry of Women and Child Development – now your ministry – passed a resolution (No. 16-1/2012-CW-I) to “provide and promote crèche and day care facilities for children of working mothers, mothers belonging to poor families, ailing mothers and single parents.” This is laudable. But if a crèche facility is mandatory for factories, plantations and beedi and cigar workers, what is stopping the government from making it mandatory for private companies? Day-care at the workplace will change the lives of millions of working women. It will be great for children. It will reduce pressure on the family to provide childcare while parents go to work. And because a happy workplace is a productive workplace, it will be good for the companies too. On behalf of every working mother who stopped working for want of access to day-care, I ask you to use your mandate and turn your Ministry’s resolution into law. There are many things we must do to level the playing field, but let’s start here.
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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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  • Don't Drain Water, Time to harvest Rainwater this season.
    Why we should care? Out of the total water on earth only 2.5% is fresh water for consumption. One in six people worldwide don't have access to safe freshwater. We are already facing water crisis in Maharashtra. If we really care about water as a vital resource for our lives, please sign and support. Please visit my presentation about rainwater harvesting. http://www.slideshare.net/maheshkarane/rainwater-and-groundwater-management-32988936
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  • 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.
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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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