• No crackers this Diwali
    The rise of PM2.5 is clearly linked to an increase in problems with lung health. Lower temperature and rise in pollution will have adverse effects on people with respiratory diseases like Asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Symptoms like cough and breathlessness will increase with the start of winter, increasing the risk of many co-morbidities, such as diabetes, heart and lung disease and asthma that make Covid-19 more deadly. Smoke from fireworks during Diwali is a huge contributor to air pollution. According to a 2016 study by Pune’s Chest Research Foundation and Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences of the University of Pune, inhaling the smoke released by 1 “fuljhadi” or sparkler cracker equals smoking 74 cigarettes. We do not want our children smoking cigarettes, then why should we allow several boxes of toxic firecrackers to be burst in every neighbourhood? “In India, air pollution is the #1 risk factor for premature deaths” - State of Global Air/2020 Sign this petition asking CM Arvind Kejriwal to enforce a ban on crackers this Diwali in Delhi-NCR. Lets celebrate a truly healthy, smoke-free Diwali and protect our child’s right to breathe Clean Air.
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  • Save Anjaneri
    Scroll down for English Summary of the petition. अंजनेरी - नाशिकच्या जैवविविधतेच्या वैभवाचं एक जिवंत हिरवं उदाहरण. जानेवारी 2017 मध्ये महाराष्ट्र सरकारने अंजनेरी टेकडीला संवर्धन राखीव घोषित केले. यामागचा उद्देश होता अंजनेरी पर्वतावर आढळणाऱ्या डोंगराच्या कपारींमध्ये घरटी करणाऱ्या गिधाडांसोबतच १०५ पक्ष्यांच्या प्रजातींचं, लालमुखी माकड आणि वाघाटी सारख्या दुर्मिळ वन्यजीवांसोबतच कंदीलपुष्प सारख्या दुर्मिळ फुलांचं संरक्षण आणि संवर्धन व्हावं. याचा चांगला परिणाम मागच्या तीन वर्षात पहायला मिळाला. वनविभागाने स्थानिकांना हाताशी घेऊन कुऱ्हाडबंदी, चराईबंदी, शिकारबंदीची प्रभावी अंबलबजावणी या तीन वर्षात केली. ग्रामस्थांना एकत्र करून संयुक्त वनव्यवस्थापन समिती स्थापन करून वनसंवर्धनावर जोर देण्यात आला. गेल्या तीन वर्षात येथे एकही वणवा पेटला नाही हि त्याच नियोजनाची फलश्रुती. पण याच अंजनेरीवर आता पायथ्याच्या मुळेगावातून थेट माथ्यापर्यंत १४ किलोमीटरचा रस्ता नेण्याचा प्रस्ताव सार्वजनिक बांधकाम विभागाने वनविभागाला पाठवला आहे.टेकडीच्या माथ्यावर मानवी वस्ती नाही त्यामुळे स्थानिक जनतेला या रस्त्याचा फायदा नाही. या रस्त्याचा उद्देश पर्यटनविकास असा सांगितला जात आहे. पण यातून होणाऱ्या वाढत्या मानवी हस्तक्षेपामुळे डोंगरावर आढळणाऱ्या जैवविविधतेला आणि पर्यावरणाला अपरिमित हानी पोहोचू शकते. पर्यटन ही एक व्यापक घटना आहे ज्यामुळे प्लास्टिक प्रदूषण, जंगलातील आग, वनस्पती पायाखाली तुडवणे आणि संवेदनशील प्रजातींचा माहिती / संग्रह यासारखे धोके निर्माण होतात. 2015-16 मध्ये अंदाजे दीड लाख लोकांनी अंजनेरीला भेट दिली होती आणि दरवर्षी ही संख्या वाढतच चालली आहे. रस्ता बांधकाम विशेषत: घाट रस्ता हा अतिशय संवेदनशील अधिवास नष्ट करील आणि यामुळे विशेष वनस्पती आणि प्राणी धोक्यात येतील. रस्ता बांधकाम, स्फोटक वापर इत्यादींमुळे गिधाडे घरट्यांसह बऱ्याच प्रजाती ज्या अंजनेरी कडांवर रहातात त्यांच्यावर थेट परिणाम होईल. रस्ता बांधणीसाठी जंगल मोठ्या प्रमाणावर तोडली जाईल (अंदाजे 12-15 हेक्टर जो अंजनेरी संवर्धन क्षेत्राच्या 15% आहे). भूजल वर मोठ्या प्रमाणावर ताण येईल. या बदलांमुळे जमिनीखाली आढळणारे पाणी नष्ट होण्याचा धोका आहे. अंजनेरीचे कडे व त्याचे पठार हे स्थानिक समाज व जैवविविधतेसाठी अतिशय महत्वाचे अधिवास आहे. या रस्त्याच्या माध्यमातून या दोन्ही अधिवासांचे न भूतो न भविष्यती नुकसान होणार आहे. या पठारावर वाहनांच्या प्रवेशाचा परिणाम हा थेट टेकडीवरील चारा उपलब्धतेवर होईल आणि पठारावर जंगलातील आगीची शक्यता सुद्धा वाढू शकते. या सर्व संभाव्य धोक्यांची शक्यता लक्षात घेऊन, या रस्त्याच्या कामाला तात्काळ स्थगिती देण्यात यावी. Anjaneri is a living example of the rich biodiversity Nashik has been gifted with. Anjaneri cliffs support one of the largest colonies of critically endangered and Schedule I species - Long-billed Vulture in the state. The latest bird diversity records show more than 105 bird species in the area, in addition to 385 flowering plants (from 68 families) of which 114 are native to the region. But Anjaneri is now under threat! The Public Works Department has submitted a proposal to construct a 14km road from Mulegaon to the top of the hill. There is no human settlement on the hilltop so the road is not useful for locals. PWD states the road will be useful for tourism development in the region. However, increased human activity can have a severe impact on the biodiversity of Anjaneri Biodiv Reserve. For the road project, forest cover will be cleared significantly (approximately 12-15 Ha which is 15% of Anjaneri Conservation Reserve Area). Watershed will be severely destroyed due to topographic changes affecting groundwater recharge. Anjaneri Plateaus are a source of fodder for local villagers. Vehicular access to these plateaus will severely affect the fodder availability on the hill and increase chances of forest fires on the plateaus. Besides, tourism can bring larger underlying threats like plastic pollution, forest fires, severe trampling and extinction of sensitive species. Nearly 1.5 lakh people visited Anjaneri in 2015-16 and this number is increasing leaps and bounds every year. At a time when our ecosystems are under increasing threat, and climate change is a dangerous reality, we need to preserve what we have. Anjaneri is a precious resource and we cannot let it be destroyed for such “development”
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  • No AC coaches only!
    Recently, Railways Board Chairman VK Yadav declared that Indian Railways will be replacing non-AC coaches from every mail and express train. This way, “all mails and express trains in India will be AC only in future. Since every coach will be AC coach, passengers can enjoy a comfortable journey,” he said. Just this year amidst the pandemic Shramik trains ferried more than 57 lakh passengers. Most of them struggled to pay the sleeper-coach fare. This move will further marginalise the less privileged and vulnerable migrant communities across the country relying upon trains for their travel. While this move is aimed at making the journey “more comfortable”, it has failed to consider the plight of millions of people who can barely afford the sleeper coach fare and will have a significant impact on public mobility. Additionally, this would result in a significant increase in the carbon footprint given that Indian railways are recognised as one of the largest railway systems in the world with over 23 million takers. Sign the petition now to demand a rollback on the decision to make every railway long-distance mail and express train an air-conditioned one.
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  • Let's make our Hyderabad India's cycling friendly city
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more and more people trying to avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the virus and like in other parts of the world, India experienced a boom in bicycle sales during the corona virus pandemic. Although most Indian cities are not bicycle-friendly, there has been a sharp increase in recreational cycling during the pandemic as people try to beat cabin fever during lockdowns, get exercise, or avoid commutes on stuffed public transport. People now feel the need for private transport more than ever. And a major section can still not afford cars, so cycling presents an opportunity like no other. India's Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said the pandemic has presented an opportunity to make cities more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In a June advisory, it recommended pedestrianization of at least three markets in every city and more bicycle lanes. Given, there is a push for cycling at a national level. Let us demand our municipal corporation to take some steps in the right direction. Join the movement to make Hyderabad the most cycling friendly city of India.
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  • Let's make Pimpri-Chinchwad a CYCLING friendly city !
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more and more people trying to avoid public transportation for fear of contracting the virus and like in other parts of the world, India experienced a boom in bicycle sales during the corona virus pandemic. Although most Indian cities are not bicycle-friendly, there has been a sharp increase in recreational cycling during the pandemic as people try to beat cabin fever during lock-downs, get exercise, or avoid commutes on stuffed public transport. People now feel the need for private transport more than ever. And a major section can still not afford cars, so cycling presents an opportunity like no other. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has said the pandemic has presented an opportunity to make cities more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. In a June advisory, it recommended pedestrianization of at least three markets in every city and more bicycle lanes. Given, there is a push for cycling at a national level. Let us demand our local civil administration to take some steps in the right direction. Sign the petition now !
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  • Jabalpur Cyclestaan
    This is a very important and crucial decision, with not only with one benifits but with millions, I am suggesting some below 1. Health benefits 2. No fuel consumption hence economic value 3. No traffic 4. No pollution caused 5. Social distancing maintained 6. Immunity booster etc.
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  • Kolkata Green : Facilitating Bicycle Commute and Restoring Bicycle Culture
    We reassert our appeal with a paean on the bicycle: Benefits of Bicycling What does cycling speak and mean A tale of serene city and verdant green Oh! It's healthy climate's next of kin And air water would ever be clean Pedaling paws help float like fish's fin Keep the rider strong, fit and lean Herald freedom from smoke and din Save the Nature, save the Man more sin All'll recall what a leafy lore life's been Ere the vehicles vomitted venoms 'n toxin Cheers! We pave the way, let the wheel spin And lo, the leaves in smile, the grasses grin.
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  • Let's make Tirunelveli an eco-friendly district- Burn fat not fuel
    First of all, cycling is good for our health and our society. It's eco friendly and reduces air pollution. Instead of a bike, everyone should use a bicycle for nearby places like shop, gym, etc. Cycling has a lot of health benefits. It's good for our heart and helps in muscle building, perfect joints, strong bones, etc.
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  • Make cycling cool in Mangaluru.
    During the bad times of this pandemic, fitness and being healthy is the utmost importance to every individual. I feel cycling is a fun and effective way to achieve the same. Of course, while cycling during these times it is important for us to maintain social distancing and take the necessary care to prevent the spread of COVID.
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  • Bring cycling plans on-track for Delhi and make work commuting Covid-19 safe!
    I’m Mudra. I’m a domestic worker and I live in Badarpur. I am one of the few lakh Delhi citizens- domestic workers, factory employees, pheri-wallahs, delivery boys and other workers- who do not have the luxury of working from home or taking expensive transport everyday to work to protect ourselves from Covid-19. Our only option is to step out and earn our living everyday and the only way for us to safely commute and maintain social distancing is through our cycles. Last year, the Delhi government announced free public transport for women in an effort to make public transport safer for women. With the Covid-19 crisis, public transport is neither adequate, nor does it guarantee women’s wellbeing and safety from Covid-19. The only way I can follow social distancing during my commute and keep myself and my family safe, is through cycling and walking. But with poor cycling infrastructure, I risk my life on the road everyday. This is why I am demanding the government to prioritise drafting and implementation of Delhi's Non-Motorised Transport Policy. Recently, even the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs also announced guidelines for promoting cycling. The central government has shown willingness to push for cycling and walking infrastructure. When the new government won the elections in February this year, we were promised cheap public transport, women’s safety and clean air in Delhi. Why is the Delhi government not prioritising this? Sign my petition so that everyone can access cycling as an affordable means of commuting to tackle Covid-19 and help Delhi become a cycling-friendly city. Get the Delhi government to enact a ‘Non-motorised Vehicle Act’ to include laws that focus on walking and cycling and safeguards the interests of pedestrians and cyclists.
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  • MAKE NAGPUR THE BICYCLING CAPITAL OF INDIA
    Help the Bicycle Mayor of Nagpur in making Nagpur the bicycle capital of India and bring a wave of transformation.
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  • Make NOIDA cleanest greenest and cycling friendly
    Less severe accidents, Greenery, No pollution. Moreover a Perfect health is waiting for us ahead of the road. How many times have we forgotton to see our surroundings but cyclings will help us absorb and maintain the social contact we once lost.
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