The Himalayas are our greatest heritage. They are storehouses of biodiversity and natural resources which have sustained life in the mountains as well as the plains for centuries. Some of the largest river-systems and basins in the world which have sources here, provide our country with 60% of its water requirement. It’s 9000 plus glaciers and high altitude lake store about 12000 km3 of fresh water. About 1,200,00 million m3 of water flow from its rivers ever year which sustains the great Indo-Gangetic alluvial plains providing food for the rest of the country. The dense forests have been able to reduce carbon emissions by over 20%, a key factor in mitigating and controlling climate change. The Himalayan region contains states of diverse cultures and communities whose lives and livelihood are intricately woven with these mountains.
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  • Ban mining in Western Ghats
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  • 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
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    It’s found that these trident lights not only lack aesthetics, but are also redundant as these do not serve any purpose. The trident lamp uses 3 CFL lamps each, 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 Statesman report, consumption of electricity has nearly doubled after the trident lights were installed. In January, KMC's electricity bill amounted to Rs 21 crore from Rs 15 crore in December last year. Because of the ongoing financial crunch the civic authorities had failed to pay the electricity bills from April 2011 to January on time. Since a huge amount has already been invested on installing trident lamps, CFL's, etc., there's no alternate left (i.e. they can neither be replaced nor uprooted). 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. 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. For reference, please see: 1). The Statesman, No midnight London lights in Kolkata: http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&show=archive&id=402068&catid=42&year=2012&month=03&day=4&Itemid=66 2). TOI, Trident light controversy: Kolkata Municipal Corporation turns heat on DGs: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-02-01/kolkata/36683914_1_trident-light-gautam-pattanayak-kmc 3). The Statesman, KMC sweats to implement CM’s London dreams: http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&show=archive&id=400210&catid=35&year=2012&month=02&day=15&Itemid=66 4). TOI, Trident lights are back, with better paperwork: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-21/kolkata/38709642_1_trident-lights-kmc-lighting-department-civic-top-brass 5). International Renewable Energy Statistics: http://www.eia.gov/cfapps/ipdbproject/iedindex3.cfm?tid=2&pid=29&aid=12&cid=regions&syid=2008&eyid=2011&unit=BKWH 6). Electronics For You (Vol. 42, No. 12) - December 2010
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  • Give the water allocated to industries back to the farmers battling the drought!
    I have been involved in a struggle to save about 23,000 hectares of farmland against water diversion to Indiabulls power plant in Amravati district. If all the thermal power plants in the state receive the water as promised by the Maharashtra government, livelihoods of farming communities, already facing distress, will be under threat. Corruption in irrigation and power generation has started eating into basic human rights. Do we want leaders in our government who prioritise money over lives of its hard working citizens? A recent release by SANDRP says that while the 1972 drought could be called a natural calamity, the 2012-13 drought is a disaster of water management, accompanied by corruption, water-intensive cropping patterns; questioning the Chief Minister’s claims that this is a natural calamity. Support me in asking the Chief Minister to halt all allocations and diversions to industries and provide water for irrigation and livelihoods of millions.
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  • Kolkata Stop Honking and Pedestrians Cross only at Zebra Crossings
    Kolkata the city of joy is soon going to become the city of pain, the age old adage of "if you can drive in Kolkata you can drive anywhere" will soon become "If you claim you can drive in Kolkata you must be flying or dreaming". With the non stop noise pollution due to absolutely unnecessary honking especially at traffic lights one of the causes of which s also pedestrians crossing the roads indiscriminately with the traffic police looking the other side. We need to have a special force dealing with this and drivers once fined for excessive honking should be forced to attend a workshop teaching them when they should honk and the ill effects of honking on the citizens of the kolkata. For all you non believers try standing one day at the park circus or park street or gariahat etc etc crossing for one hour and you will understand how ridiculously people honk when the signal is red and how people put their lives at stake by running across roads when the signal clearly states for them to stop. We as citizens have a right to live in peace and this constant noise is affecting the mental health of children and adults alike. And just because we don't have a car or prefer walking does not give us the right to treat the roads as our living room . We need to tackle this problem immediately as with the increasing population and more traffic this will become almost impossible to tackle unless we start now http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-04-03/kolkata/28138918_1_honking-horn-taxi-drivers http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080624/jsp/calcutta/story_9435214.jsp
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  • Protection of Periyar (POORNA) River, Kerala
    The condition of Periyar river is very pathetic. Illegal sand mining, dumping toxic waste by companies etc. ruined the river completely. Unless, steps taken to prevent such damaging actions sincerely & speedily, in due course of time Kerala State will loose it!
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  • 1800 illegal cell towers in Mumbai
    Cell towers cannot be installed near schools , hospitals & residential Buildings , as Radiation from these cause cancers & other health problems . This issue is very important but MCGM has been inactive in taking right step to protect public health
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  • Clean Up Garbage Around Bijwasan Nallah-Near Palam Vihar
    It is unhealthy practice that needs to be curbed. I have listed below some of the reasons why this needs to be taken care off 1) Stagnant water source of mosquito breeding 2) Unsightly and unhealthy 3) Lots of birds visit this place and its is bad for them to have human garbage piling around- they feed on this sometimes and it is damaging to their health. 4) Just the presence of excess garbage forces rag pickers, stray dogs and other animals to visit- which is dangerous to their health and also affects other people passing through this area. 5) Its is unhealthy unsightly and offensive and likely to spread disease.
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  • Save Tawi, Suryiputri, Hertiage of Dogras
    it is a life line , water to grow water to quench thirst water to sustain biodiversity
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    Due to lack of better system, in a locality, people keep gathering their home wastes anywhere their eyes go at. This encounters problems like: (1) Generating unacceptable odor (smell) throughout the area which makes almost impossible for people to live/work around that area; (2) Becoming a residence for mosquitoes and other insects which spreads diseases like malaria etc.; (3) Making bad appearance that might cause in gaining negative impressions about our cities to the visiting people; (4) Last but not the least, some homeless sick people even try to find something to fill their belly from those regions and they eat those rotten leftovers. Cleaning these areas can stop them from doing so. Now about drainage systems: many of the drainage canals in the cities are not covered which results in same consequences like (1), (2) & (3) as stated in the previous matter. Besides, accidents may occur due to this. As for example, persons especially children may fall in those canals accidentally which might even take their life away. Not only that but also someone's costly stuffs can fall into those drains which are no further recoverable. This one might sound hilarious, but rethink it by considering stuffs like money, mobile etc. As for example, suppose a person is waiting for a bus (a canal is just beside him) and he/she's talking on the phone and suddenly the phone slips out of hand and is lost in that canal, what would he/she be feeling then?! Not only a mobile phone but this could also be anything precious and the person could be you!
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  • Proper Drainage and Waste Management and Gutters In Karwar, Karnataka.
    So its quite important to clean the gutters and to have a proper waste management because the water which gets stuck in the gutters can cause malaria and dengue. They have just become a mosquito producing units. Solid waste management is also quite important because as their is increase in population of our city so its quite important to have a proper waste management system. So the citizens I request you to sign the peition so that we can get a clean and green city . The citizens of other cities can also be a part of the movement as it would encourage them too. So friends please sign the peition.. Jai Hind.
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