Enforce ban on polythene bags, replace with paper, biodegradable bags
Polythene bags are one of the biggest sources of pollution in the world. A big economy like India needs to away with them. But due to close collaboration of big plastic maker corporates with politicians there is hardly any action. Only the state of Himachal Pradesh has gone ahead and banned polythene and unnecessary plastic coverings and has comprehensive enforcement. (http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/himachal-pradesh-court-bans-polythene-packed-chips-candy-545888). Though Delhi (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9698450/Delhi-bans-all-plastic-bags-as-rubbish-mountains-build.html) and Uttarakhand (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/Ban-on-plastic-bags-goes-down-the-drain/articleshow/47846202.cms ) have banned it, though due to corrupt officials and lack of initiative of state govt, it is not being enforced. (http://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/Paralysis-by-Plastic-Plagues-Delhis-Ecosystem/2015/05/24/article2829695.ece) Even Pondicherry is experimenting with biodegradable bags (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/puducherry/Green-substitute-for-plastic-carry-bags-to-hit-Puducherry-market/articleshow/49267989.cms). It is urged that since AAP govt came with the big promise of cleaning up politics and the environment, this would set an example for others to follow if implemented in Delhi. In turn, it would provide huge employment opportunities for smaller and poorer sectors as paper bags are relatively easy to make even at home unlike polythene. All eyes on Chief Minister Kejriwal, how can Delhi not lead the way!
India must accept its fair share of refugees seeking a safe shelter from a war torn Syria
Millions of men, women and children are fleeing the Middle East and Africa to find safety in the West. We believe India must no longer turn a blind eye to their plight and must work with other countries to set and welcome a quota of refugees. Even though India is NOT a signatory 1951 refugee convention, we share the same planet, and we need to do our bit in this disaster. To help show your support, sign our petition and tweet a picture of yourself holding a sign saying 'refugees welcome' under the hashtag #refugeeswelcome. NOTE: Credit to The Independent for taking a similar petition out for Britain on which this is based.