• 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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  • MLA N.A Haris - Arrange to remove garbage dumps that has been settling in Shanti Nagar
    Garbage dumps have become a common issue in Bangalore, but unless and until we citizens take a stand and bring it to the notice of necessary officials and fight for a healthy living environment, we may have to keep facing the consequences of living in such a unhealthy neighbourhood. Right to clean environment has been held to be implicit by the Indian Supreme Court in the guarantee of Right to Life under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. So we are only fighting for our RIGHT!! Kindly support me in taking this eye-sore away from our neighbourhood and have a cleanly environment for our children and elders.
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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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  • Introduce Anapana Meditation in Schools
    The most important asset of a nation are the citizens themselves. If the citizens are healthy, patriotic, honest, and sincere, the nation will progress at a much faster pace. For this reason, it is very essential to have moral education in schools and colleges. The educational institutes should not only provide technical education, but should also provide moral character building education. Education should help the students master their mind. If the students are bright, the future citizens and leaders of nation will automatically be effective, efficient and pure persons, bringing great happiness to mankind. Key idea is to realize dream of Vivekananda about "Character Building Education". A meditation technique, called Anapana Meditation, has been practiced by children above 8 years age, and has been observed to give great benefits here and now. Some benefits of Anapana Meditation in student life are: 1) Sharper memory 2) Increased concentration 3) Better decision making and Confidence 4) Peaceful and happy mind 5)Freedom from stress, fear, worry, anger 6) Better performance in studies, sports, and work 7) Better Health. People above 18 years can do Vipassana Meditation, which is the next step after Anapana Meditation and brings still better benefits. Refer http://www.children.dhamma.org/ and http://www.vridhamma.org/ for knowing more about Anapana and Meditation.
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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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  • Save young Appu! Take action to rescue him so he can be released into the wild.
    I have been documenting the condition of young Appu in July, August and September. During this period I observed that Appu is being kept under bad living conditions and the capacity of the staff who are involved in training him is also questionable. Appu is also under severe stress when I last visited and has been losing weight drastically. Human v/s elephant conflicts have increased lately due to rapid increase of population of humans and increased number of industries in the forest region. A sustainable solution is urgently required for human-elephant conflict and is crucial in enhancing the living conditions of the people of the forest belts as well as sustaining wildlife.
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  • Save 274 acres of Botanical Garden reserve forest land from Eco-tourism project
    Botanical Garden is the only green space available in vicinity for many walkers, meditator's and martial art seekers in the early mornings to fill their lungs with purest air , embracing peace by listening to various birds and witnessing the early rays of sun, its a reserve of many medicinal plants helping many biologists for their research and provides opportunity to enlighten many school kids with a real plant kingdom. 274 acres of reserve forest land was diverted for this "eco tourism project". Now, in the name of "visitors ameneties", a 400 room hotel with swimming pool, gym, beauty parlor etc, 2500 capacity convention center, pre function hall, a mall(shopping area of 6,64,00 sq. ft), multiplex, etc are coming up in this site. All the thousands of trees which took minimum of 15 years to grow into such huge entities deserve to be loved and protected. 30 years effort of silent plant growth should not be pulled down in a days span for sake of currency. This nature which we witness today should be preserved for our as well as future generations.
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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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  • 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!
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  • Ban La Tomatina in Andhra Pradesh
    Wasting precious food must not be allowed to become part of our culture in India while there are millions of Indians that go hungry every day. We must stop the La Tomatina festival in Hyderabad. 2 years ago, Delhi and Karnataka banned such festivals due to public protests, why shouldn’t Andhra stand by our farmers and the hungry? Summary of concerns: - Huge wastage of edible tomatoes - The quantity of water that will be used to clean the mess - Possibility of molestation - Possibility of increase in tomato rates if such events are repeated beyond the existing high cost - Set back for any nutrition program in the state
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  • 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
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  • Bhopal replace normal lamps with solar lamps-PETITION TO BHOPAL MUNICIPAL CORPORATION
    It’s found that these Street lights not only lack aesthetics, but are also redundant as these do not serve any purpose. The Normal street lamp uses Sodium Lamps, which are often prone to damage either by natural hazards or public demonstrations. Moreover, the recurring electricity charges of these lamps keep increasing every year, along with drain of most precious resource - electricity (from fossil fuels). According to The Central Power Research Institute, Bhopal, consumption of electricity increases every year for the mere street lights due to ill maintenance and Energy Leakage. Instead, the authorities must (at least) find ways to power these lamps using solar energy, such that they can save a lot of 'fossil fuels' as well as 'money on electric bills'. In this era of high technology, where countries like US, China, Germany, etc. have a target to turn to maximum clean, green renewable energy by 2050, we are still lagging far behind extracting energy from non-renewable resources and leaving a 'harmful impact' on the environment. Andhra Pradesh ‘Blazes’ ahead on Solar Plans: The Andhra Pradesh plans to develop the state into a major solar hub in the country at a fast pace , with the government announcing the setting up of a Cluster of solar farms at Kadiri in Anantapur district, 5000 acres land have been enmarked in Kadiri which would now be referred to as the ‘Solar city’. Four companies, namely Hyderabad- based Lanco Solar and Titan Energy, and US- based Sun borne and AES Solar, have together pledged investments to the tune of Rs. 3000 crore to set up 2000 MW of solar- based power generation facilities in the solar city. On the other hand, there is a huge opportunity for solar energy in India as we receive about 3000 hours of sunshine every year - equivalent to over 5000 trillion kWh! We can use this solar energy to provide a clean source of 'continuous electricity' to the 'entire nation'. Many might worry that the high cost of these photovoltaic (PV) panels might hamper the mainstream entry of such devices. Nevertheless, non-stop research works in this field has reduced the prices of solar panels to a large extent. Moreover, China is offering good quality panels in Indian market at very competitive prices. Renewable energy in India is a sector that is still underdeveloped and when everyone is talking of sustainable living by reducing energy spent, the civic body in our country is doing the opposite. CONCLUSION: Use of energy efficient lamps like CFL, LED, T-5 fluorescent lamp, etc lead to enormous amount of energy savings which is estimated as 50 to 80%. Electronic gears of conservation of energy like electronic ballast saves energy within the range of 10 to 20%. Solar lighting systems such as Lanterns, Street Lights, Home Lights, etc. can be effectively used, especially in areas of where lighting is required for shorter duration. This will not only lead to energy conservation but also encourage use of non-conventional and environmental friendly energy system.
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