• Stop Garbage Burning in Pune.
    Pune is one of the few cities in India whose civic agency has a dedicated department for waste management. Despite this “organised” approach, burning of garbage is rampant in the city, especially in the outskirts of the city from Pashan Lake to Hinjewadi, from Sinhgad road to Dhayari, from Kharadi to Pisoli citizens are facing the breathing problems due to prevalent Garbage burning.[1][2][3][4] Besides the mess it creates, the fumes that emanate from such reckless burning are toxic and cause serious respiratory ailments like asthma. Garbage burning is also a leading cause of air pollution. It doesn’t help that in the past few years with rapid urbanization, an increase in the number of vehicles and construction activities, Pune’s air quality has dipped severely affecting the health of residents. There have been constant complaints by citizens on social media platforms. But the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has failed to curb the Garbage Burning problem completely. While there is a national movement happening in the nation on air pollution, we can’t sit idle while our kids breathe the toxic fumes. We demand strict action on offenders burning garbage choking our city. Sign this petition now and we’ll take this up with PMC and PCMC. We’re also building a new database of photos as evidence, so the next time you spot reckless burning in your area, send a WhatsApp message with the photo and the location on 8884983333. If you are reading this on mobile you can simply click here to send us the photos https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=918884983333 घनकचरा व्यवस्थापनामध्ये सातत्याने चांगली कामगिरी करणाऱ्या शहरांमध्ये पुण्याचं नाव नेहमी घेतलं जातं. पण कचरा जाळण्याच्या प्रकाराला प्रशासनाला अनेक ठिकाणी आजही आळा घालता आलेला नाही. पाषाण ते हिंजेवाडी, सिंहगड रोड ते धायरी, खराडी ते पिसोळी असा सगळीकडेच नागरिकांना धूर आणि धुरक्यामुळे श्वसनाचा त्रास सहन करावा लागत आहे.[1][2][3][4] कचरा जाळल्यामुळे तयार होणाऱ्या धुरामुळे श्वसनाच्या आजारणसोबतच दम्याचे प्रमाण वाढत आहे. आणि आधीच वाढत्या शहरीकरणामुळे वाढलेल्या वाहनांच्या आणि बांधकामाच्या प्रदूषणात कचरा जाळण्याच्या प्रकारातून अधिक भर पडत आहे. यामुळे पुण्याच्या हवेची गुणवत्ता सातत्याने खालावत आहे. या सर्वांचा नागरिकांच्या आरोग्यावर दुष्परिणाम होताना आढळून येत आहे. Social Media मधून या प्रकारबद्दल नागरिकांच्या अनेक तक्रारी येऊन सुद्धा पुणे महानगरपालिका आणि पिंपरी महानगरपालिका कचरा जाळण्याच्या प्रकाराला आळा घालण्यात अपयशी ठरले आहे. वायू प्रदूषणाविरोधात देशभरात चळवळ आहे, अशावेळी आपल्या मुलांच्या आरोग्याकडे दुर्लक्ष करून चालणार नाही. कचरा जाळून शहराचे आरोग्य धोक्यात टाकणाऱ्यांविरुद्ध कठोर कारवाई व्हावी हि आमची विनंती आहे. ह्या याचिकेवर Sign करून आमच्या मोहिमेला बळकटी द्या. आपल्या सहभागातून आम्ही नागरिकांच्या आरोग्याशी निगडित या विषयाकडे पुणे महानगर पालिका आणि पिंपरी चिंचवड महानगर पालिकेचे लक्ष वेधू शकतो. आम्ही कचरा जाळण्याच्या या घटना नेमक्या कुठे आणि किती प्रमाणात होत आहेत हे समजण्यासाठी एक Database बनवत आहोत. तेव्हा तुम्हाला कुठे कचरा जळताना दिसला तर आम्हाला त्याचा फोटो या नंबर वर Whatsapp करा - 8884983333 तुम्ही हे मोबाइलवर वाचत असाल तर ह्या लिंकवर क्लिक करून आम्हाला Whatsapp करू शकता https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=918884983333 Sources. 1. https://twitter.com/joshi1694aditya/status/1218908457434136577 2. https://twitter.com/shekharbhawsar/status/1216000245412163585 3. https://twitter.com/naveenkumarjh16/status/1215616733882523652 4. https://twitter.com/sangu0303/status/1214141168486928387
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  • We need a pollution-free Mumbai #SaafShwaas24Taas
    Did you think air pollution was not a concern in Mumbai? Or not as much as in other northern cities in India? Think again. A Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study has revealed that Mumbai’s air has the highest concentration of PM 10 (particulate matter) among 24 cities in peninsular India. Particulate matter enters the respiratory system and causes serious illnesses like asthma, bronchitis and lung disorders. It also affects cognitive behaviour and children, elderly and pregnant women are the most vulnerable to the impact of air pollution. Mumbaikars have routinely woken up to a blanket of smog in the past couple of months. In December, the air quality index also crossed the levels in Gurugram. Areas like Bandra-Kurla Complex have been among the most polluted with the AQI hovering above 300. A mix of emissions from waste burning and industrial belts, construction dust, poorly planned transport systems and road congestion have all led to a spike in pollution levels. So far, both citizens as well as government officials have been indifferent to issues of air pollution believing in the city's coastal advantage -- that the sea breeze helps keep the air clean. We can no longer afford to be this negligent. In addition, Maharashtra is the most polluted state in the country, with 18 cities on its list. Air pollution is a serious health hazard and with increasing traffic, construction and industrialisation, we cannot afford to wait till it's an emergency. The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) needs to be implemented in Maharashtra on an urgent basis. Our CM Uddhav Thackeray has shown concern towards environmental issues like Aarey by halting Metro car shed work. We need to push him to have a time-bound plan to curb air pollution, so Mumbaikars can breath #SaafShwas24Taas. Sign this petition urging the CM Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to clean up Mumbai's air. Source https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/mumbai-needs-to-walk-an-extra-mile-to-curb-air-pollution/story-oiBvaJ6qtiqmxTBDV3P3NK.html
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  • Stop the burning of plastic on the banks of the Vrushabhavati
    Clean Air Should Be Recognized As A Human Right. Air pollution clearly violates the rights to life and health, the rights of the child, and the right to live in a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment
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  • Mula Mutha river needs Sewage Treatment Plants urgently!
    The Mula Mutha river cleaning project in Pune has been pending for more than 50 years. Environment Minister Mr Prakash Javadekar has highlighted the urgency of this project in his press conferences. Loan of 990 crores was sanctioned and the project was kickstarted in January 2016. The most important components of the river cleaning project are 11 proposed Sewage Treatment Plants. Yet four years later, Pune Municipal Corporation hasn’t started the construction of a single STP. Heavy amount of untreated sewage and excreta is mixed with river water every day. A Joint study by Indian and Australian researchers found that heavy microbial load on the river has created the bacteria in river water which are resistant to present antibiotics. This means Mula Mutha River has become a serious health hazard for the city. The study emphasized the urgent need for STPs, while PMC has remained negligent. We demand that PMC should prioritize the STP work and start the construction of STP on in the next few months. Timeline of events occurred after the announcement of the Mula Mutha river cleaning project. Jan 2016 Environment Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar announced the funding of 990 crores for Mula Mutha Clean up. He called it Centre’s Gift to Pune City. Jan 2016 Puneites in deep water: Alarming rise in fecal coliform in city rivers worrisome [1] Apr 2017 Pune’s untreated Sewage reached Solapur. [2] Jul 2017 After one and a half years, PMC unable to start the project. Jan 2018 A joint study by Indian-Australian researchers found bacteria resistant to all antibiotics in Mula Mutha.[3] Apr 2018 Mula-Mutha is included in most polluted rivers list in India. Jul 2018 Environment Status Report 2018 states that Pollution in Mula Mutha is all-time high Jul 2018 National Green Tribunal asks civic bodies for immediate action on the river pollution. Mar 2019 Regatta – COEP’s flagship event face river pollution threat. Jun 2019 Excreta in Mula Mutha reaches three times the safe limit.[4] Jul 2019 Blame game in PMC and revenue department over land allocation for STPs. Aug 2019 Construction of 11 STPs hangs in balance over-inflated proposals.[5] मुळा मुठेच्या स्वच्छता प्रकल्पाचा प्रश्न ५० हुन अधिक वर्षे प्रलंबित आहे. केंद्रीय पर्यावरण मंत्री प्रकाश जावडेकर यांनी त्यांच्या पत्रकार परिषदांमधून ह्या प्रकल्पाच्या त्वरित पूर्णत्वाची निकड अनेक वेळा बोलून दाखवली आहे. यासाठी ९९० करोड रुपयांचे कर्ज जानेवारी २०१६ मध्येच मंजूर झाले होते. ह्या प्रकल्पातील ११ मलशुद्धीकरण केंद्रे या प्रकल्पातील प्रमुख घटक आहेत. पण आज चार वर्षे उलटून गेल्यांनतरही पुणे महानगरपालिकेने अजून एकाही मलशुद्धीकरण केंद्राचे बांधकाम सुरु केलेले नाही. आजही मोठ्या प्रमाणात सांडपाणी आणि मल मुळा मुठेच्या पाण्यात मिसळत आहे. भारतीय आणि ऑस्ट्रेलियन संशोधकांनी केलेल्या संशोधनात नदीच्या पाण्यावर मोठ्या प्रमाणात सूक्ष्मजीवांच्या प्रजातींचा भार पडत असल्याचे लक्षात आले आहे. या संशोधनातील निष्कर्षानुसार मुळा मुठा नदीच्या पाण्यातील धोकादायक सूक्ष्मजंतू हे कोणत्याही प्रजैविकांनाही (Anti-Biotics) दाद देत नाहीत असे दिसून आले आहे. त्यामुळे त्यांच्यापासून होणाऱ्या आजारांवर कोणतेही औषध उपयोगी पडणार नाही. सर्व पुणेकर नागरिकांच्या दृष्टीने हि अत्यंत गंभीर बाब आहे आणि यावर त्वरित कृती होण्याची आवश्यकता आहे. या अभ्यासातील निष्कर्षातून संशोधकांनी मलशुद्धीकरण केंद्राच्या त्वरित उभारणीची निकड जानेवारी २०१८ मध्येच निदर्शनास आणून दिली होती. पण पुणे महानगर पालिका मात्र अजूनही या मुद्द्यावर उदासीन दिसून येत आहे. पुणे महानगरपालिकेने मलशुद्धीकरण केंद्राच्या कामाला प्राधान्य देऊन सर्व ११ मलशुद्धीकरण केंद्रांच्या बांधकामाला त्वरित सुरवात करावी ही आमची मागणी आहे. जानेवारी २०१६ पर्यावरण मंत्री प्रकाश जावडेकर यांनी मुळा मुठा शुद्धीकरण प्रकल्पासाठी ९९० करोड रुपयांच्या प्रकल्पाची घोषणा केली. त्यांनी या प्रकल्पाचा "केंद्राकडून पुणे शहराला भेट" असा उल्लेख केला. जानेवारी २०१६ मुला मुठेच्या पाण्यात Fecal Coliform नावाच्या विषाणूंच्या संख्येत चिंताजनक वाढ. [1] एप्रिल २०१७ पुण्याचे सांडपाणी सोलापूरला पोहोचले. सोलापूरला दूषित पाण्याचा पुरवठा. [2] जुलै २०१७ दीड वर्ष उलटूनही नदी शुद्धीकरण प्रकल्पाला मुहूर्त सापडेना. जानेवारी २०१८ भारतीय आणि ऑस्ट्रलियन संशोधकांच्या संशोधनातील निष्कर्षानुसार मुळा मुठा नदीच्या पाण्यातील धोकादायक सूक्ष्मजंतू हे कोणत्याही प्रजैविकांनाही (Anti-Biotics) दाद देत नाहीत असे दिसून आले. [3] एप्रिल २०१८ मुळा मुठा नदीचा देशातील सर्वाधिक दूषित नद्यांमध्ये समावेश. जुलै २०१८ Environment Status Report च्या पाहणीत मुळा मुठेचे प्रदूषणात विक्रमी वाढ झाल्याचे दिसून आले. जुलै २०१८ राष्ट्रीय हरित लवादाने नदी प्रदूषणावर त्वरित कृती करण्याचे आदेश महापालिकेला दिले. मार्च २०१९ COEP च्या रेगाटा कार्यक्रमावर नदी प्रदूषणाचे सावट. जून २०१९ मुळा मुठेच्या पाण्यातील मल सुरक्षित मर्यादेच्या तिप्पट वाढले. [4] जुलै २०१९ मल शुद्धीकरण केंद्राच्या भूमीअधिग्रहणावरून पालिका आणि महसूल विभागाचे एकमेकांवर दोषारोप. जुलै २०१९ अतिवाढीव रकमांच्या प्रस्तावांमुळे मल शुद्धीकरण केंद्रांचे काम टांगणीला.[5] Sources: 1 . https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/puneites-in-deep-water-alarming-rise-in-fecal-coliform-in-city-rivers-worrisome/ 2. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/Punes-sewage-in-water-of-Solapur/articleshow/51859651.cms 3. https://punemirror.indiatimes.com/pune/cover-story/diseases-caused-by-mula-mutha-are-untreatable/articleshow/62449938.cms 4. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/excreta-in-mula-mutha-three-times-above-safe-limit-mpcb/story-f1IOlpTOAtKYJakNIV6LQK.html 5. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/construction-of-11-new-stps-hangs-in-balance/articleshow/70612216.cms
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  • Send comments on Bengaluru Comprehensive Mobility Plan
    BMRC received all the suggestions from us. Last date of submitting suggestions was January 20, 2020. We would be meeting BMRC MD in early February to discuss the project. We met DULT Commissioner and BMRCL MD on 19 February 2020 and are following up on a number of recommendations sent by us. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ BMRCL extended the deadline to gather public feedback on the proposed CMP (Comprehensive Mobility Plan) till January 20, 2020. Citizens of Bengaluru can send their comments to Metro using this page. 1. I question the legality of this CMP because it does not follow the due process described by KMC (MPC, Ward Committees) Metro is not the authorized agency to create a city-wide mobility master plan and will not clear legal scrutiny. 2.I demand that the elevated corridors be entirely removed from this plan wherever it lands. The project has been cancelled due to massive public opposition last year. Our city needs to stay focused on public transport for the next 15 years since we missed the boat for the last 30 years. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Getting stuck in traffic every day is the norm in the life of every Bangalorean. Comprehensive Mobility Plan (CMP) for Bengaluru while has some good proposal it misses out on some key aspects around mobility. We have Just 4 days, until January 6, to give our feedback to on the draft CMP for Bengaluru. The CMP, a 226-page plan, outlines an overall transport/mobility strategy and specific projects for the next 15 years in Bengaluru. The CMP Plan has not been prepared in consultation with the Bengaluru city Master Plan (RMP 2031). Ideally, it should be part of the master plan because mobility plans cannot be made in isolation. Where people live and work has everything to do with mobility. The biggest problem with this plan however is something all of us fought very hard last year - the dreaded elevated corridor makes an appearance in the plan for phase 2 and phase 3. Time and again, Bengalureans have objected to the proposal of the elevated corridor. Bengaluru does not need more projects that attract more vehicles and cut trees - instead, investments and energies should be driven towards public transport in the next ten years. The plan includes positive proposals around public transport and disincentivizes private transport (parking fee, congestion charge etc) but risks negate all these with the elevated corridor. We need to convey these points as such ad hoc plans are not likely to progress and likely to be at odds with the overall city master plan. Time is of the essence and if we want to have a better mobility system, we need to send in our inputs. Click on the email to send these to BMRC inputs to the plan before 6 Jan 2020.
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  • Save 8561 trees from being axed in Bengaluru!
    UPDATE 1. On 5 February 2020, Fridays for future along with citizens of Bangalore participated created a Human Chain to protest against the cutting of trees. 2. On 6 February Some citizens met Deputy conservator of forest and asked him to intervene but DCF suggested that tree authority can only send recommendations and are under a lot of pressure to pass the order for clearing of trees. 3. On 14 February Children protested in their school and outside on Sarjapur road to talk about the felling of trees in the green heart campaign. 4. February about 35 citizens from Bangalore visited KRDCL office to deliver petition and talk to MD about the project. MD denied the need for EIA or public consultation for any road widening project. Over 30 RTI were filled by citizens on 14 February regarding the project. 5. Citizens did not receive any updates on the RTIs even after the one month of filing RTIs. 6. KRDCL has issued orders to fell the trees in Anekal Taluk as part of the project. The process would start on 8 July. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bengaluru, our green cover is under threat once again. 8561 trees are proposed to be cut for a road-widening project, in order to decongest the tech corridor. Existing two-lane and four-lane roads will be converted into four-lane and six-lane ones on the stretch between Bannerghatta, Sarjapur, Mandur, Anekal and Whitefield. Some of these trees are over 80 years old and include peepal, banyan, tamarind and other species. In just the past couple of years, air pollution has risen drastically in Bengaluru, with construction dust, garbage burning and the rise in private vehicles leading to more emissions. In the midst of this, the city's old trees are a natural buffer and their loss for development projects will lead to worsening impact of climate change, not to mention the health effects of air pollution. This is what the project looks like in a nut-shell. - 4 Projects - Estimate 2000 + crore - Cost per km - 8.44 crore - Numbers of trees to be cut - 8561(according to official number, actual numbers may be higher) - Lack of Transparency - No Detailed Project Report - Available in public domain -- Number of public consultation done on the project - zero -- Public consultation about tree cutting - -- On December 24, members of trees authority came unprepared to answer citizen questions. -- On 20 Jan 2020, order issued that jurisdiction of trees outside BBMP does not fall under Tree committee! Bangalore has always been known as the Garden City. However, rampant development due to unplanned real estate and road widening projects, we are on the path to losing that tag. We are moving backwards, destroying our green cover for a concrete jungle even as other countries realise the true meaning of development without sidelining the environment. We cannot let this happen. Sign this petition now. Reference https://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/krdcl-proposes-to-fell-8561-trees-on-citys-outskirts/articleshow/73502165.cms
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  • MPCB: Penalise polluting industries in Nashik!
    Nashik has a natural green cover thanks to Sahyadri mountain range. This made Nashik famous for clean air and serene weather all year round. The national discourse around air pollution is usually focused on metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune. Nashik, however, is always portrayed as a clean alternative to these metro cities by newspapers.[1] But this picture has started to change in the last few years. Residents of areas surrounding Satpur have started facing heavy smog at night and early mornings during winters. Since November 2019 Nashik's Air Quality is worsening at an alarming rate. An air quality measurement by Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) found Nashik’s Air Quality Index to be above 150 for 12 consecutive days in November. [2] The overall rise of pollution as indicated by CPCB is just the tip of the iceberg. Parts of the city surrounding Industrial areas are experiencing air pollution problems on a daily basis. Satpur MIDC is one such area where Smog has become a daily problem. The pollution around Satpur MIDC in Sant Kabir Nagar, Ambad link road, Serene Meadows is visible to the naked eye! This is especially true for emissions at night making the smog problem worse in the winters. [3] The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) should take action to curb industrial emissions in Satpur MIDC and control the smog problem. MPCB has not updated Satpur MIDC Air Quality data since 29th October 2019.[4] This is unacceptable. This information must be made public NOW! Citizens have the right to know the Air Quality of their areas. MPCB should release this data on their website at earliest. We demand that the health of the people of Nashik be made a priority. The air quality of Nashik must not be neglected with increasing industrialization. नाशिकला सह्याद्रीच्या डोंगररांगांच्या मदतीने चांगला निसर्ग लाभला आहे. यामुळे नाशिक शहर हे वर्षभर मिळणाऱ्या स्वच्छ हवा आणि प्रसन्न वातावरणासाठी महाराष्ट्रात प्रसिद्ध आहे. वायुप्रदुषणाची चर्चा मुख्यत्वे दिल्ली, मुंबई, पुणे अशा मोठ्या शहरांच्या बाबतीतच केली जाते. त्यावेळी नाशिकला मात्र प्रदूषित शहरांतील राहणीमानाचा पर्याय म्हणून बघितले जाते.[1] पण मागील काही वर्षांपासून हे चित्र बदलायला सुरुवात झाली आहे. खासकरून २०१९ च्या नोव्हेंबर महिन्यापासुन नाशिकची हवा वेगाने प्रदूषित होण्यास सुरवात झाली आहे. केंद्रीय प्रदूषण नियंत्रण मंडळाच्या Air Quality Monitoring Station च्या आकड्यांनुसार नाशिकचा Air Quality Index नोव्हेंबर मध्ये सलग १२ दिवस १५० पेक्षा जास्त होता. [2] पण केंद्रीय प्रदूषण नियंत्रण मंडळाच्या station वरील प्रदूषणाचं हे चित्र म्हणजे फक्त एक सुरुवात आहे. नाशिकच्या सातपूर MIDC भागातील वाढत्या प्रदूषणामुळे आजूबाजूच्या भागात वायू प्रदूषणाचे प्रमाण वाढले आहे. सातपूरच्या आजूबाजूच्या संत कबीरनगर, अंबड लिंक रोड, Serene Medows ह्या परिसरांमधून हे प्रदूषण उघड्या डोळ्यांनी दिसू शकते. खासकरून वाढत्या थंडीसोबत रात्रीच्या वेळी होणाऱ्या प्रदूषणामुळे धुरक्याचा प्रश्न अधिक गंभीर होत चालला आहे. [3] MPCB ने सातपूर MIDC मध्ये रात्रीच्या वेळी मोठ्या प्रमाणात होणाऱ्या औद्योगिक वायू उत्सर्जनाला आळा घालावा जेणेकरून तर धुरक्याचे वाढते प्रमाण नियंत्रणात आणण्यास मदत होईल. सातपूर MIDC भागातील Station ची २९ ऑक्टोबर २०१९ नंतरची माहीती MPCB वेबसाईटवर उपलब्ध नाही. [4] त्यामुळे सातपूर मध्ये होणाऱ्या प्रदूषणाची खरी पातळी समजू शकणे कठीण झाले आहे. आपल्या भागातील हवेच्या गुणवत्तेची पातळी समजणे हा तेथील रहिवाशांचा हक्क आहे. MPCB ने लवकरात लवकर ही माहीती उपलब्ध करून द्यावी. नाशिकच्या नागरिकांचे आरोग्य जपण्याला प्राधान्य असावे. वाढत्या औद्योगिकीरकणात लोकांच्या आरोग्याकडे आणि हवेच्या गुणवत्तेकडे दुर्लक्ष होऊ नये ही आमची मागणी आहे. Sources: 1.http://www.peninsula.co.in/blog/nashik-one-fastest-emerging-cities-maharashtra/ 2. https://www.airvisual.com/india/maharashtra/nashik 3.https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nashik/Nashik-air-quality-dips-with-mercury/articleshow/55303995.cms 4. http://www.mpcb.gov.in/air-quality/Nashik/0000000066
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  • Prevent Deforestation at Benniganahalli Lake
    The Benniganahalli Lake is a sight that most of the residents in and around Pai Layout are accustomed to. The tall trees and various birds that can be spotted there during a morning or evening walk has become a part of our daily routine. However, a few years a ago, the lake was in bad shape. It was extremely polluted and filled with sewage and weeds. A terrible stink hung in the air and no birds or fish could be seen. In 2016, the BDA handed over the lake to the BBMP, who spent Rs. 3 crore for the restoration of the lake. The cleaning of weeds and silt began in March 2018. BBMP authorities stated that there was no need to plant saplings as there were already well grown trees on the lake bund. The same trees are now being marked and numbered for chopping down. These trees have been present around the lake for many years. They bloom in every season and provide habitat for various species of birds. The beautiful pink and yellow blossoms that one can enjoy while taking a walk around the lake or driving over the flyover is simply otherworldly. The ducks and herons that thrive on the island and circumference of the lake also add to the aesthetic. The tall grass and bushes are home to species of harmless, non-venomous snakes that usually emerge during the monsoons. If the trees that surround the lake are cut down, the habitat of the various fauna would be lost. The beauty and tranquility of Benniganahalli Lake would be lost. Any resident who is accustomed to taking a morning or evening stroll around the lake would support the notion that the chopping of the trees would be a major loss to the society. The lake ecosystem is unique and the greenery is much needed in the concrete jungle that we currently live in. The birds and animals which have made the lake their home play an important role in maintaining the integrity of the area. I visited the lake on and saw workers numbering the trees. On being asked what they were doing, they informed me that the trees were being marked to be cut down so they can make way for a road that needs to be constructed alongside the metro. The beauty and greenery that surrounds the Benniganahalli Lake is soon to be lost and the birds and animals that have returned to the lake only a couple of years ago are soon to rendered homeless again. The need for action is immediate and I request you to kindly sign this petition and help request the BMRCL to keep the deforestation to a minimum.
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  • Save 63,799 trees from getting axed in Lucknow!
    Lucknow is one of the most polluted cities in India. At a time when the city must protect and grow it’s green cover, Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has ordered for almost 64,000 trees to be cut down! In February 2020, the city will host a defence expo where the defence forces’ latest arms and weaponry will be displayed to guests from several countries. For this 2-day expo, trees that have grown over 2 decades will be mercilessly cut down. As a response, the LDA has said they will plant the same number of trees in different locations. But for the next few decades, until the trees grow, the people of Lucknow will continue to suffer from rapidly rising air pollution levels. LDA has requested for nearly 60 lakhs to replant the trees. Not only are they felling 64,000 trees and worsening the air of the city, they are further using taxpayers’ money in a poor compensation for their avoidable act. January 15, 2020 is the deadline for the trees to be felled and land to be handed over for the expo. In the recent past, citizens have mobilised for our forests on various occasions. 64,000 trees are in need of our help. Join the campaign to save them. Sources: UP Govt to Hack Almost 64,000 Trees for Defence Exhibition in Lucknow - The Wire Bad Air Day: UP Govt to cut nearly 64,000 trees in Lucknow for Defence Expo - Sabrang
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  • We don’t want Bolsonaro for Republic Day
    The Indian Government announced that Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade next year. Each year, India invites the heads of other states as the chief guest for its Republic Day celebrations on 26 January. In the past, eminent personalities like Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth, Barack Obama and Shinzo Abe have been among the chief guests. But Modi’s invitation to Bolsonaro is a cause for concern for many of us. (1) Bolsonaro’s politics — be his take on the Amazon fires, women’s rights or LGBTQ rights or democratic rights in general — are problematic. While the Amazon fires were raging in August, Reuters reported that in 2019, Brazil reported the highest number of forest fires since 2010, an 83% increase over the same period of 2018(2). After he took office, Bolsonaro ignored international worries about deforestation in the Amazon and said that he wanted to open up protected lands for development in order to spur economic growth. Recently, he has a new scapegoat for the fires in the Amazon: “cool guy” Leonardo DiCaprio.In a speech from the presidential palace he referred to social media posts alleging DiCaprio donated to an environmental organization that Bolsonaro accused of setting fires in the Amazon just to get good pictures of them Bolsonaro has been Internationally criticised for his actions against the protection of the environment and inviting him would put India in a bad light. We must ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider the decision to have Jair Bolsonaro as chief guest for Republic Day. As a progressive nation that cares about the environment and people’s rights, India must invite leaders that stand for the same. Sign this petition now to register your protest against this move. We need lakhs of signatures before January 26. Sources: 1. https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/jair-bolsonaro-modi-republic-day_in_5dcd3b9fe4b0a794d1fb5745 2. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-environment-wildfires/amazon-burning-brazil-reports-record-forest-fires-idUSKCN1VA1UK
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  • BBMP, Hulimavu Lake is your responsibility
    A large number of houses were flooded in Hulimavu area in Bangalore as water from the lake seeped through on 24 November, after its bund was damaged. According to a news report, more than 1,000 families in half a dozen neighbourhoods were affected by the sudden flooding and 300 cars have been submerged(1). Though the reason for the unprecedented amount of water that entered people’s homes was reported to be a lake bund breach, the actual cause is a bit more severe and worrisome, experts say(2). This is one of the biggest man-made disasters Bengaluru has seen in recent times. The reason is appalling. According to news reports, a contractor had undertaken this work without proper permission from the BBMP, which has been the custodian of Hulimavu lake since 2016. The immediate relief steps are far from adequate and citizens are paying the price of lack of due diligence done by BBMP. Ask BBMP to start immediately start the investigation into the contractor for the breach of the lake bund and provide adequate compensation and relief to the families that are affected. In case of heavy rains in the future, the people living around Bengaluru’s many lakes could face similar flooding problems. We need to take action now before it’s too late! Sources: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/karnataka-hulimavu-lake-breach-hits-1000-families-sinks-300-cars/articleshow/72215744.cms https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/unplanned-urbanisation-hulimavu-lake-floodplains-worsened-bluru-floods-says-expert-112922 https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/bangalore/bengaluru-hulimavu-lake-breach-probe-on-to-identify-culprits-restoration-work-underway-bbmp-bwssb-police-lokayukta-6136535/
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  • We need a #CleanAirAuthority
    Air pollution kills a child every 3 minutes in India. A new born smokes the equivalent of 26 cigarettes in case of toxic air. According to the Global Burden of Disease 2017, children are the biggest victims of toxic air, as their as their lungs are still developing. It also causes cognitive impairment (lower IQ as well!). A newborn smokes the equivalent of Over the past few years, air pollution has peaked to alarming levels in India, caused in great part due to vehicular and industry emissions, coal-fired power plants, construction dust, waste burning, poor land use patters and more. Sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter (PM) are the major pollutants -- PM enters the lungs and causes severe health impacts. Besides, no one develops immunity to micro pollutants especially PM2.5, (otherwise smokers would have the best immunity!) Air pollution can trigger cancers, heart disease diabetes, obesity, neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, infertility and low birthweight. The exposure to PM levels is well above WHO's air quality standards. And while individual initiaves matter, they don't eliminate the need for a leadership role within our Central Government to address what is a public health emergency. We need a strong and decisive "Clean Air Authority" who is empowered, independent (reports directly to PM), accountable, fully-resourced, transparent and will put public health ahead of any other goal. S/He will implement a new Clean Air Act whose focus is public health. Sign this important campaign asking for a Clean Air Authority, who will be dedicated to the cause of bringing down air pollution by working towards sustainable and effective solutions.
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