Petition to Chief Minister Of Uttarakhand, Bhupinder Yadav, Uttarakhand education department
Save 25000 Trees from being chopped in Balawala for a Research College in Dehradun
Respected Sir, Today We all are aware of the apocalyptic effects of climate change. This year alone Uttarakhand has faced Glacier burst in winters, cloud bursts and landslides in summers. Just everyday we are trying to survive from our biggest enemy Climate change. Only our old forests, untouched River beds can save us. It is really disappointing to see educated, policy makers producing projects where thousands of old trees are to be chopped. Sir, on the way to Haridwar from Dehradun comes an area called Balawala forest where "25000" trees are going to be chopped for a installation of a Research college. Balawala forest almost touches the Shivalik Elephant Reserve, and comes under the forest range of Raipur Area in district dehradun. In Times of India dated 25 July 2021 one of the forest officer said and i quote "acquiring land from people requires heavy amount of money, on the other hand the Govt just has to pay the present net value while acquiring the forest land ". Respected Sir, 103 acre of this biodiversity rich land for the college campus has also been identified. Counting of 5000 trees has already done. We ask our Government to look into these options - 1)Acquire land from people 2)Use Gram panchayat land 3)Use Nagar Nigam land 4)Since 102 Undergraduate and postgraduate colleges are there in Uttarakhand, give IISER status to any. Biodiversity in Balawala forest includes- Elephants a schedule 1 fauna, IUCN red listed endangered specie, leopards, Deers,Snakes,monkeys, wildboars and many other local wildlife. Infact Just last year that is on the 8th of November 2020 a 3 km long solar fencing was inaugurated to stop the movement of Elephants from Balawala Forest to the nearby human settlements and agricultural fields. This shows that there is a rich Elephant population and if Balawala forest is chopped there can be human animals conflict where casualties of both sides happen. Flora consists of Sal , litchi, Jamun, Peepal, Neem, kher, Sheeshum etc. And most importantly River song. That is one of the last alive rivers of Dehradun. Importance of Balawala Forest - 1)Balawala forest serves as a air purifier to Dehradun and its densely populated adjoining areas. 2)It also reduces the chance of human animal conflict. As both have equal spaces in that habitats 3)Since it is a old forest its capacity to sequester carbon is extremely high. 4)Secure Ground water. These naturally grown old forests are the reason for rainfall, accumulation of ground water. 5)Maintaining Temperature. Planting new saplings can never replace these ancient trees. As we have seen in the past planted saplings havnt survived nor has Tree Transplant as they are over the transplant age. Sir our dehradun 's Green cover is decreasing. No amount of Plantation can replace our old forests. But yes new Plantation is also necessary for compensating what has been lost. Our endangered elephants need space to commute, reproduce. Already their population is decreasing day by day. We urge our Government to please reconsider this decision and go ahead with the research college where no forest biodiversity, River, ecosystem is harmed. We are looking forward to your positive response � #SaveBalawalaForest Dr Aanchal Sharma The Earth And Climate Initiative
Petition to UN Secretary General, Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Heads of government
MY PLANET – MY RIGHTS!
Recognize children’s right to a healthy environment!
Every child has the right to a healthy environment. But, this is severely threatened! The global environmental crisis, climate change, extinction of species, plastic waste and water and air pollution massively endanger the chances of survival, especially of children: Every year 1.7 million children die before their fifth birthday from drinking contaminated water or breathing polluted air. About 800 million children are contaminated with lead from the environment. Extreme drought threatens the lives of 160 million children. Hunger and malnutrition are the result. The home of over 500 million children is in danger of being flooded. Environmental destruction kills children and their hope for a future worth living! That is why millions of children and young people all over the world are taking to the streets for stronger climate and environmental policies and a more sustainable way of life. It is time to listen and take children’s voices seriously! We need a right recognized globally by the United Nations that holds all governments and all social actors accountable to protecting the children of today and tomorrow from environmental hazards! A healthy environment must be recognized as a human right. Since children are disproportionately affected by environmental destruction and climate change, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child must be expanded: Children all over the world should be able to claim their right to a healthy environment. As part of the worldwide campaign MY PLANET - MY RIGHTS we appeal urgently to: The UN Secretary-General: Urge Member States of the UN to recognize the human right to a healthy environment in the UN General Assembly! The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Develop an Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that enshrines the right of children to a healthy environment and applies the Convention on the Rights of the Child to the environmental context! The governments of all countries: Vote for the recognition of the human right and the children’s right to a healthy environment at the UN and implement it in your national policies!
Petition to Hon'ble Prime Minister of India
MULLAPERIYAR DAM - A GLOBAL DISASTER; SAVE KERALA, THE GOD'S OWN COUNTRY
Honb'le Prime Minister of India, Greetings to you. May grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge of the Omnipotent. I pray for your good health and happy long life. I write this petition with great anguish,utmost disappointment and agony. I am residing with my family consisting of my wife and children along with 4 millions of people and a million of migrated laborers from all over India beneath a more than century old dam consisting of 15 TMC water spreading over 4668 Acres of land- The Mullaperiyar Dam! A case of constant tussle and litigation is ongoing for many years between the Governments of Kerala and Tamil Nadu causing regular tension between the people in a Federal structure of national entity. Politicians of the two provinces are playing over the petty sentiments of the people for gaining electoral advantages.The 152 feet reservoir of the dam is thus a Political matter for the concerned, but the facts are beyond the scope of petty Politics of Provincialism. This is a case of ecological, economical, human disaster. Not only human, the entire flora and fauna is to perish in the part of the World if the dam is to continue without any move to rectify the risks involved. Due to the disaster waiting in the wings more than a lakh of people between the dam and the Idukki reservoir 40km below the dam, more than 40 lakhs of people in the lower reaches of Periyar, Azhutha, Meenachilar, Pamba and Manimalayar rivers spreading over 5 districts will be drowned causing not only loss of millions of lives of human and animal population but also precious housing properties and agriculture fields placing a total loss amounting to billions and billions of rupees. As everybody know, this dam has been constructed on an unusual agreement of 999 years(10 centuries). This contract was made in between the Secretary of State under British and the King, His Highness the Visakham Thirunal Marthandavarma,the then King of Travancore, the vassal state under the British. All agreements made by the British are either nullified or cancelled immediately after Independence. Unfortunately, the slavery of people of Kerala in this regard is continuing even after the Independence. The dam is more than a century old and sick. No dam in the world is old as this dam. Other dams constructed contemporary to the Mullaperiyar Dam is either demolished or decommissioned. This dam was constructed using Lime Surky concrete which is 6 times inferior than the present M30 concrete used for construction. Already a good portion of lime has been washed away. There is leakage at the surface and gallery of the Dam. A leakage is found in between the 17th and 18th block. The Legislative Sub Committee has examined the dam and found that there is leakage between 10th and 11th block of the dam. The quantity of the seepage water is increasing day by day. A severe damage was found in the masonry structure at 95 to 106 door from the base of the dam. Apart from innumerable patholes, crevices and other openings that are visible on the surface of the Dam, the masonry cover provided at the upstream portion of the Dam has undergone a crushing between 95 to 106 foot through the entire length of the Dam.The damage that the dam has undergone in between the above noted elevation is so severe that no rectification can save the Dam from a disaster.More importantly no technology has developed in the whole world to perfectly strengthen a dam which is old and deteriorating. Therefore the strengthening works done has actually weakened the dam. Considering all these, the report relied by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in the Mullaperiyar Dam case is misguiding, unscientific and baseless. It is most pertinent to note that the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India has appreciated the apprehensions of the people through an order in the writ petition filed by the Adv. Russel Joy in which the Prime Minister of India is the first Respondent. It is significant to note the dangerous situation going to be faced by the people in 5 districts of Tamil Nadu. If the dam bursts, the fate of these people would be severe that no could imagine. After the collapse, construction of a new dam is not at all possible under the present laws.The laws are changed and it became so progressive than the laws prevailed at the time of construction of the Mullaperiyar Dam. So the situation of the people of Tamil Nadu will be more worse than the situation prior to the construction of the Dam. Under the aforementioned facts and keeping in mind the well being of the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, I humbly appeal appeal to the Hon'ble Prime Minister to urgently interfere in this matter to rectify the evil of the British immediately by an order in consensus with the State of Kerala and the State of Tamil Nadu for the construction of a new dam which will bring back the safety of people of Kerala and water to our neighboring State.
Petition to Government Of Karnataka, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board
Make Bengaluru Green Again
Karnataka's carbon dioxide emissions account for around 4% of the country's total. According to the Bangalore Climate Change Initiative, BCCI-K, the temperature in Bengaluru Urban District would rise by roughly 2° C between 2021 and 2050, compared to 1961-1990. Aside from the well-known effects of heat on the human body, such as heat stroke and mental weariness, chronic exposure to heat can lead to serious health problems such as cardiovascular and respiratory disorders. By providing shade and evapotranspiration, trees and plants reduce surface and air temperatures, nature helps us humans in more than one ways but, Between 1973 and 2020, the number of green spaces in Bengaluru has decreased by 95 percent. Go Green! Can you imagine that this slogan had once been completely out of place in a region that had steadfastly chosen to ‘Stay Green' for decades? Bengaluru's vegetation cover has fallen to less than 3% in multiple growth hubs. The Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) has an excuse for chopping down thousands of trees: road widening. Is current and expected traffic data on the established routes, however, sufficient to validate a strategy that caters primarily to private traffic? Doesn't this go against a proposal to eliminate private transportation and increase public transportation? Over 64,000 residential communities in the city do not have rainwater gathering systems and do not comply with other rules and regulations set by KSPCB. Currently, infrastructure is governed by separate environmental and municipal legislation. At each level of infrastructure construction, environmental standards are not taken into account. Prior to the approval of a construction proposal, for example, permission from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) is required. During the construction of a structure, there are frequently deviations from the design, which can have a significant environmental impact. But who is in charge of keeping an eye on it? But, before we get into those important questions, consider what a recent study discovered about Bengaluru's once-green past: In Bengaluru South Region (BSR), built-up areas, both residential and industrial, have reduced vegetation cover from 73% percent in 1973 to just 2.66 percent in 2017. Also, Bangalore is running dry and it is a reality. Imagine the number of children that might be facing Nature-Deficit Disorder because of lack of trees. It doesn't have to be this way. We respectfully urge concerned authorities to take action in order to bring back the "Nature" element to the "Garden" City of India. Compliance with environmental standards becomes difficult without the integration of environmental rules at each level. Bengaluru is at a critical juncture due to urban expansion and fast expansion. The city must make crucial regulatory decisions concerning the environment and urban government to guarantee holistic growth. Many policy changes have been successful when we as citizens come together, and this is one such petition whose effects may be seen even after 100 years. Please sign the petition and join us in this effort to provide future generations with a better living environment. Many significant changes can happen when we come together. We are running out of time! Let us work together to restore Bangalore's reputation as a garden city.Act before it is too late! Sign now!
Petition to managing director - cidco, commissioner - nmmc, urban development department, Gurunath Arse, Chief environment secretary, Conservator of forest, Konkan divisional commissiner, Somraj , sunil agarwal, Devendra Fadnavis
Save Navi Mumbai Wetlands Save Yourselves .
Chief Minister of Maharashtra, 80 hectares of Mangroves & Wetlands worth crores on prime location on Palm Beach Road saved by High Court orders from being handed over to a private builder for residential and commercial development in name of golf course by changing the land use from No Development Zone to Regional Park Zone and Residential Zone . The Bombay High Court on 1st November 2018 shelved the state government’s ambitious proposal to build a golf course and a residential colony near the upcoming Navi Mumbai airport calling it a destruction of water bodies/wetlands “which will infringe the fundamental rights of citizens.”A division bench of Justices Abhay Oka and Riyaz Chagla was hearing a bunch of PILs against an October 2016 notification of the state’s Urban Development Department. Interestingly, one of the reasons cited by the state in favour of its plan was that since the area was frequented by migratory birds and was located within 4 km of the proposed international airport, it could pose a danger to aircraft by exposing them to bird hits.“There is no material placed on record ito show that for preventing possible bird hits, making of the golf course is the only solution,” the bench observed.. It then added that the water bodies maintain ecological balance and therefore, “public trust doctrine” imposed an obligation on the state government and related agencies to protect them. The PILs also sought protection for two city lakes – the DPS lake in Sector 52, Nerul and the other one at Palm Beach Road, Navi Mumbai – both of whom were in danger due to garbage and construction debris dumping. The court directed that all the water bodies shown in the National Wetlands Inventory and Assessment prepared by Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad must be protected. On the issue of the golf course and a residential colony, the court also noted that although the proposal was being discussed by the planning authority – City and Industrial Development Corporation – since 2002, the authorities had failed to show that the impact on the ecosystem and environment was assessed or at least “such assessment was made available to the Planning Authority or the state government” while clearing the proposal. Why waste public money in unnecessary litigation ? Action should be taken & legal cost should be recovered from officials responsible for such decisions . Thanking you For complaints about wetlands destruction call 1926 or post online complaint on newly launched website https://www.konkanwetland.com/ Link to our Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/groups/savenavimumbaienvironment/ https://www.facebook.com/saveTalaweWetlands/ Link to Twitter : saveNaviMumbaiWetlandsTweets (@sunnyagro): https://twitter.com/sunnyagro?s=09 Link to a short film on this issue by international channel Zoomin.tv : �This wetland in Navi Mumbai, India, acts as a natural barrier against floods and is home to more than 80 bird species, which is exactly why the Agarwals are doing everything they can to protect it ✊ https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=840898439434325&id=432708166912159 Youtube link to film : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQEPa0jRuDs Another very informative film on Citizens initiative & Mangroves warriors . FB link : https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1732876363438678&id=165818073477856 You tube link: https://youtu.be/-dnb2c0QUuA
Petition to Vijaybhai Rupani (CM Gujarat)
Save porbandar sea from deep sea Effluent pipeline project
Gujarat govt. Has planned to throw effluent water of Jetpur dying industires into deep sea near porbandar. They states that it is treated water. If it is like that then why to waste 700 cr for pipeline rather using that water again.
Petition to Shri Aaditya Uddhav Thackeray, Shri Eknath Shinde, Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray
Save the Hills of Maharashtra
To, Shri Aaditya Uddhav ThackerayHon. Minister - Environment & Climate Change Government of Maharashtra Shri Eknath ShindeHon. Minister - Urban Development Government of Maharashtra Copy to - Hon Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray Dear Sirs, Reference: 1. Judgment and order passed by Hon. National Green Tribunal, Western Zone bench at Pune in OA No. 4/2014 (Aam Aadmi Lokmanch vs State of Maharashtra) 2. Maharashtra State GR No. TPS 1817/.. Dt 14/11/2017 giving effect to the judgment and order at Ref. No.1, giving protection to citizens and hills & hill-slopes by ordering of “no-construction” zone up to 100 ft of end of hill slope Subject: State Govt to immediately file review petition in Supreme Court against the Supreme Court order dated 14/07/2020 which has set aside the above GR. 1. We write this as citizens concerned with the rampant destruction of hills and hill slopes across Maharashtra. The hills are irreplaceable natural resources which provide oxygen, host biodiversity. Hills are home to innumerable endemic flora & fauna. The hills are of immense geological and hydro geological significance as natural groundwater recharge zones; their aquifers provide essential lifeline of groundwater to villages, towns and cities of Maharashtra. 2. However, rampant construction, encroachment and hill-cutting have resulted in severe ecological damage and caused many disasters. Malin, near Bhimashankar, Dist. Pune in 2014, where 151 citizens lost their lives; Ghatkopar in Mumbai in 2000 where over 67 citizens lost their lives to landslide; and many such instances have been happening with alarming regularity across Maharashtra, year after year. What little was done to prevent the disasters, has now been reversed by the latest order of the Hon. Supreme Court. 3. On 6th June 2013, an incident in Shindewadi, in Katraj Ghat, Pune caused the death of two innocent citizens – a young mother and her daughter were swept away to a horrific end. The cause of the incident was the careless extensive hill cutting at the site of the accident. Based on a petition filed by a Pune based NGO, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its order dated 19/5/2015 had directed the State Government to pass appropriate orders to local bodies to not allow permission for any construction upon a zone of 100 feet from the end of hill slope. 4. The NGT order and the GR issued by Maharashtra Govt. were challenged in the High Court and Supreme Court by parties with pure commercial interests particularly in the construction sector. The Supreme Court on 14th July 2020 passed an order setting aside the aforementioned NGT order and the Mah State GR. 5. We draw your attention to the Hon. Supreme Court order and the observations mentioned in para 90 @ page 73. The order establishes that the Maharashtra Government failed to provide expert reports and adequate reasoning to support their GR issued in Nov 2017. It is appalling that the State of Maharashtra did not present facts and evidence of the numerous environmental accidents of humongous proportions which happen every year, nor of the human and animal lives lost, nor of the property damaged due to hill/hill-slope destruction. 6. How could the ecological significance of hills as aquifers, hills as biodiversity parks, hills as forests, hills as oxygen producing lungs, hills as carbon sequestering natural climate change mitigation resources be completely ignored? How could the Maharashtra Government conveniently forget Malin, Ghaktopkar, Shindewadi and the numerous such man-made and hence avoidable disasters? Why none of the above was even deemed necessary to be presented during the proceedings before the Hon. Supreme Court? 7. Apart from Town-Planning, numerous other government agencies such as Public Works, Highways, Forests, Rural Development and Irrigation are constantly engaged in various infrastructure projects across the state of Maharashtra and many regions are hilly or extremely hilly. It is not as if the factors causing large-scale tragedies have now been completely obviated. On the other hand, the setting aside of the aforementioned NGT order and the State GR intended to protect citizens and the Environment, brings back the perils of hill-slope destruction. We earnestly appeal to the Maharashtra State Government to file a review petition immediately in the Supreme Court and present facts and reports and highlight the dire necessity to protect our citizens and our hills which the State Govt as custodian of the natural wealth is duty-bound to do, according to law. For Save Hills of Maharashtra movement Various NGOs of Maharashtra Attachments 1. NGT Order Dt 19/5/2015 2. State Govt GR Dt 14/11/2017 3. Supreme Court Order Dt 14/7/2020 Annexures - Media 1. https://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-s-worst-landslides-and-why-these-might-not-be-the-last-ones-2006836 2. https://www.outlookindia.com/newswire/story/54-killed-in-landslides-floods-in-maharashtra/312955 3. https://www.freepressjournal.in/cmcm/on-this-day-in-history-july-12-2000-landslide-caused-by-heavy-rains-kills-67-people-in-mumbais-ghatkopar-area 4. https://www.moneylife.in/article/what-caused-the-malin-tragedy-was-callousness-of-netas-and-babus/38264.html 5. https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/pune-news-july-30-2019-5862406/ 6. https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/cover-story/shindewadi-tragedy-committee-completes-probe-blames-rathods/articleshow/31268171.cms Annexures - Research 1. Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan https://www.jsnds.org/jnds/36_1_2.pdf 2. Cente for Disaster Management, Mussoorie https://tinyurl.com/yyky58mn
Petition to Goverment of India, Civil Agency, Municipal Corporation
Ban Plastic Flags During Independence Day!! Use Paper or Cloth Flags!!
Independence Day is of utmost importance to all of us. As the day nears, we see many people buying our national flag from shops or at traffic signals. In most cases, these flags are made using plastic sheets. But as we all know, plastic has become one of the biggest threats to our environment. While people have come up with many eco-friendly alternatives to plastics, switching to these products is not easy as these products are usually priced on the higher side. “Every event and occasion generate truckloads of waste. For instance, before Independence Day, you will see children selling flags at red lights and bus stops. But after the Independence Day, you will find same flags lying unattended on the roads" By using Paper Flags Made of Seed and Cotton Flags we can not only Solve this Problem by also make the Environment Greener this Independence Day !! The seed flag is made from handmade paper, which uses discarded cotton fibres, and has tulsi seeds embedded in it. Further, it is dyed using organic ink. A mixture of turmeric powder with food colour is used to get the saffron colour, spinach is used for the green colour, and blueberries for Ashoka Chakra’s blue colour. Let Go Green this Independence Day !!!