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Petition to Devendra Fadnavis, Narendra Modi, national green tribunal, Supreme Court of India, Justice Dipak Misra, JICA India, JICA Tokyo

Mumbai’s climate and ecology in danger.

Mumbai, the city of dreams in India , while blessed with wealth is very poor in one aspect, Open spaces. The only relief this densely packed city has are, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and Aarey Forest. These lush green oases in a sea of grey, not only tackle pollution and floods but also help bring down temperatures. But unfortunately Mumbai stands to lose this forest due to various upcoming projects. The first of these, which will open up this green lung to commercialization, is a car shed for the upcoming Mumbai Metro 3, which is being funded by the Japanese company, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with 57% of the project cost , which is about  2,036 Million $.  A car shed is nothing but a parking lot and service area for metro trains. JICA Dear reader, in this day and age when the world is struggling with the devastating consequences of climate change, destroying a critical green lung for a parking lot is irresponsible. 3500 trees are set to be cut and we want the government to rethink the location of the car shed.There are many viable options, mentioned in their own studies, which have no environmental destruction involved.Experts from NEERI and IIT (Reputed organizations in India) have suggested 7 other alternate sites as  options.They have clearly warned of the consequences Mumbai will face in terms of flooding and loss of open space & wildlife, if the depot is built in Aarey forest.Government records show that Aarey is an integral part of Sanjay gandhi National Park and thus protected under forest laws. It has over 5 Lakh trees, it is home to 9 resident leopards and has a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Even today, original adivasis (indigenous inhabitants of this area) live in 27 tribal hamlets in Aarey. It offers a unique experience for urban dwellers to experience nature at it's best. “In the name of development, only tribals suffer” said one of the leaders. The Save Aarey campaign has been requesting the government to relocate the carshed to an alternative location. Relocation will not affect the metro 3 alignment in any way. Common citizens from all walks of life, professionals, students, school children, celebrities have  supported this issue. Inspite of all this the state government is insistent on building the depot in Aarey. And to support this, they have given wrong information to JICA. The Mumbai Metro rail corporation Ltd.(MMRCL) has told JICA that the project site is located in city area and no wildlife is envisaged, while in reality, Aarey is a forest area , housing 76 species of birds, 80 species of butterflies , 16 species of mammals, 38 species of reptiles and 9 leopards, besides 0.4 million trees. By signing this petition, you are asking JICA to review the funding given to the project. According to JICA's environmental and social considerations, it should comment on the issue and By shifting the depot out of Aarey, Mumbai will not only get a metro but also retain its green, open space. And we are sure in consideration of its policies, JICA will also help in putting an end to further loss of land in Aarey to various other big and small projects. Help #SaveAareyForest.

Nirali Vaidya
343,052 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Election Commisson of India, Sunil arora

Allow Indians on the Move to Vote from their Current Location #LostVotes

What do Pranjal, an IIT student and Vinod, an Uber driver have in common? Neither can vote in the 2019 elections. Because they study and work in cities away from their hometowns. “We discuss politics a lot at IIT, Delhi. I was so keen to vote in my hometown Kota in the recent Rajasthan elections. But sadly I couldn’t make it as I couldn’t afford to skip my studies for 3-4 days,” says Pranjal. Etah-resident Vinod drives an Uber cab in Noida. “I didn’t have the money or the time to travel 200 kilometres to cast a vote in the UP elections. It would have been a lot simpler if the location of a voter did not matter, only the vote did,” he says. Like Pranjal and Vinod, crores of Indians are on the move. For work or education. And many have voter cards but live far away from their constituencies where they are registered.  It’s time to make every Indian’s vote count. Unlike numerous services - like mobile phone numbers, bank accounts and Aadhaar number - that remain the same whether you live in Agra or Agartala, our voting right doesn’t move with us. This is one of the biggest reasons why millions of Indians were not able to vote in the 2014 elections. Sign this petition asking the Election Commission of India to make it possible for every Indian with a voters card to cast their vote no matter where they live in India - in their constituency or thousands of kilometres away. Afterall, if NRIs can vote by proxy, why can’t Indians on the move right here in India? It’s time to turn these #LostVotes into votes that count. Because they can shape the destiny of our nation. If you wish to sign the petition in Hindi, click here: https://change.org/lostvoteshindi

The Times of India
672,213 supporters
This petition won 5 months ago

Petition to Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rahul Gandhi, Sushmita Dev, Apsara Reddy, Prof M.V. Rajeev Gowda, Atishi, Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Include LGBTQIA+ Sensitivity Training For All Govt Employees in 2019 Election Manifesto

2018 was a good year for the LGBTQIA+ community. The Supreme Court struck down the archaic section 377 that criminalised them. But decriminalisation isn’t enough if society continues to discriminate against people on the basis of their identity and sexuality.   2019 is election year and the perfect opportunity to further educate people about the LGBTQ community. Help me make this year as iconic as the last! Sign my petition asking the leaders of major political parties to add LGBTQ sensitivity training for all government employees, including police officials, in their 2019 election manifestos. The discussion on gender equity and women empowerment is ongoing but this conversation leaves out the LGBT community and gender non-conforming people. In these gender discussions, we rarely discuss the challenges, aspirations and achievements of the LGBT community. In the 2014 Supreme Court verdict, the central government was directed to put in place regular training and sensitisation efforts for government employees, including police officials, about the LGBTQ community. But this isn't happening. The biggest challenge comes when people from the LGBT or gender non-conforming community can’t access their basic fundamental rights. The right to be identified as equal human beings by the society. This can’t happen because of insensitivity on the part of those officials who are meant to interact with India’s citizens on behalf of the government. When these officials treat someone as less than a ‘normal’ human being, then where is the equality? Providing the community with rights on paper is very different from active implementation. Join me in asking our political parties to commit in their 2019 election manifestos that they will put in place training programs in government institutions and for government employees so they can interact with the LGBTQ community with greater sensitivity. Let us come together and work to uphold the 2014 Supreme Court verdict in letter and in spirit! #2019ForLGBTQ #SheVotes2019  #LGBTQSensitivity #InclusiveManifesto

Meenakshi Gandotra
13,525 supporters