• Himachal Pollution Control Board: Formulate Air Pollution Control and Monitoring Plan
    Grab a Boro plus sachet, a bottle of your P&G Shampoo, your J&J soap, a tube of soframycin, your Dabur herbal toothpaste and just look at where it was manufactured. You are likely to find Baddi, Barotiwala in fine print. Baddi, Barotiwala and Nalagarh (BBN) in Nalagarh tehsil of Solan District (Himachal Pradesh) has witnessed rapid industrialization since 2003 when the Central Government announced an industrial subsidy package for the state. Since then an investment of thousands of crores, into close to 3000 (plus) registered industrial units has happened. A lot of the highly polluting industries from Gujarat and other parts of the country set up base here because of the subsidy offered. A large number of the units here are polluting in nature, like pharmaceuticals, chemicals, plastics, dying units and boilers. Heavy extraction of ground water, ground water pollution, toxicity in air, fly ash and hazardous waste dumping have been the key problems that have arisen in a stretch of almost 35 kms with 21 Panchayats and 115 villages being affected. Air pollution is the biggest, most urgent, crisis facing this area. The BBN region nearly made it to the Central Pollution Control Board’s list of “critically polluted” areas list in 2009. Air samples have shown the presence of heavy metals like mercury, lead, manganese, nickel and cadmium in the air, which could be fatal for the local population. Major health problems that have been reported in the area include chronic respiratory and skin problems. Dust due to industrial units and commercial vehicular emissions as well as poor conditions of the road have become a severe health hazard. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) the level of ambient particulate matter (APM) has been exceeding the National Air Quality Standards consecutively from 2011 to 2015 in the state’s industrial hub of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN). So much so that the CPCB has in early 2017 directed the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) to take effective steps to maintain pollution level within the prescribed norms. But, the Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board has failed to regularly monitor air quality in the area. In 2009 the National Ambient Air Quality standards were amended to accommodate monitoring of at least 12 parameters including PM 10, PM 2.5 and a range of volatile organic compounds and heavy metals in the air. However, HPPCB monitors merely 4 out of these parameters in air. With over 3000 industrial units in the region, most polluting (air pollution) of which are cement plants and pharmaceutical units, the PCB still chooses to place the air sampling devices on the road sides in these regions rather than downwind of these units. Himachal Pradesh is known for its clean, crisp, mountain air. Let’s not allow Himachal’s pristine air to be polluted. Hold the HPSPCB accountable by asking them to do their job and set up Air Quality Monitoring stations in the BBN area.
    542 of 600 Signatures
    Created by Himdhara Collective Picture
  • Extreme Air pollution at DLF INDL. area phase 1 Faridabad
    Those immense air pollution is adversely affecting the health of over a thousand people living and working in the surrounding areas and even in this factory. The fumes from this factory cause a burning sensation in the lungs when inhaled and is severely damaging the air quality of NCR contributing to respiratory diseases and even may cause TB or cancer.
    146 of 200 Signatures
    Created by Ashok Kumar
  • Keep your promise: Buy new BMTC buses by June 2017!
    An efficient public transport system is key to solving the outdoor air pollution problems in a city like Bengaluru. By scrapping old buses and buying new ones, we can reduce the problem of traffic congestion, and thus aim for cleaner air. But why do we need new buses in the city? Currently there are hundreds of old buses still running that need to be scrapped. These buses have outlived their shelf life and are less fuel efficient. Also, maintaining these buses cuts a deeper hole in the government’s pockets. Moreover, when these buses breakdown, they increase the traffic congestion on the streets, adding to the traffic woes of the city. More buses running on the streets will mean introduction of newer routes, thus increasing the connectivity in the city. This will reduce the dependence on private vehicles and increase the use of public transport, leading to less congestion and less traffic on Bangalore’s streets. Our dream for a pollution-free Bangalore will slowly become a reality. If at least 5,000 of us sign this petition, we will do a petition delivery to Mr Nagaraju to complete the purchase order. With amped-up pressure from citizens, the BMTC will not ignore this demand from concerned citizens. Source: BMTC promised 1,650 buses but adds just 75, wants two more months to complete purchase - Economic Times http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/bmtc-promised-1650-buses-but-adds-just-75-wants-two-more-months-to-complete-purchase/articleshow/58470619.cms
    1,878 of 2,000 Signatures
    Created by Jhatkaa .org Picture
  • Stop building Concrete Jungle
    This is one of the leading cause to Air pollution , as they cut down trees and and built Malls or Apartments and create a concrete jungle which leads to deforestation. There is enough space of people to to survive so stop cutting down trees in the name of development. The destruction of healthy forest systems causes so many different problems. Trees provide a habitat for animals, purify water sources, control flooding and erosion and help to replenish the soil with nutrients needed for farming. When farmers can’t grow anything their farms fail and they have no option but to move to the overcrowded cities looking for work. Often they have to resort to selling themselves or their families into slavery just to survive. So once our government stops being selfish, greedy and really think about the issues like Air Pollution, Soil Erosion, Deforestation, Global Warming and think about the families of the Farmers. This will them a decent income so they can provide for their families again. As the reforestation effort goes on, healthy forests begin to emerge and all the negative effects of deforestation will begin to disappear.. By signing this petition you are not only creating awareness for Air Pollution but also about the struggles related to farmers life and Global warming too and Eighty percent of Earth's land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes. Its not just about the Air Pollution in my City or Country its about the whole world and whole humanity.. Thank you, By- A human with humanity.
    9 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Roshan Zameer Picture
  • Clean The Air
    This is very very important since without good quality air - 1. Public will be affected & prone to various types of respiratory & cardiovascular diseases like asthma & cancer. 2. Public also will be affected by other related diseases like various types of skin diseases, eye diseases, lung diseases, digestive diseases, excretory diseases, bone diseases, nerve diseases, nose, teeth & mouth diseases, ear diseases, foot diseases, intestine diseases, reproductive diseases & even diseases related to hair & blood count. 3. The lifespan of public at large will come drastically affecting the future growth of population.
    3 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Praveen Joshi
  • SHUT DOWN HIGHLY POLLUTING BADARPUR THERMAL POWER PLANT
    This is an emergency — Delhi’s air pollution is 16 times higher than the safe limit prescribed by the Government! 3000 children die due to air pollution each year in Delhi. Air pollution disproportionately impacts the health of infants and children and we need to act now for the future of India’s children. The Delhi Government publicly committed to shutting down the Badarpur Thermal Power Plant in 20153, but instead of following-through, they will only shut it down for 10 days. With the Delhi Government and Ministers like Kapil Mishra seeking citizens’ opinions on how to address air pollution, this is the perfect opportunity for us to ensure Delhi’s future is not one covered with face masks and air purifiers. Sign the petition telling Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Delhi Government to permanently shut down the outdated and polluting Badarpur power plant immediately. While there are many reasons for the smog that has overtaken our capital, Badarpur Power Plant is one of the most persistent ones. In 2015, a study showed that the Badarpur plant is the most polluting power plant in the country. It was also found to contribute 80-90% of particulate matter, SO2 and NO (i.e. dangerous pollutants) from the energy sector in the region! It barely supplies 7% of the electricity needs of the NCR region and its power costs more than that generated by other plants. Unfortunately, the power plant will shut only for 10 days. By shutting the power plant temporarily, the Delhi government is publicly admitting to the fact that pollution from this plant plays a big role in the air quality in Delhi. Even the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had issued a directive to curb pollution from this plant. This provides us with the perfect opportunity to weigh in on this matter. If thousands of us sign this petition asking for the permanent closure of the Badarpur power plant, backed by the facts and the NGT directive, we will demonstrate strong public support for this to happen. Please sign and share this petition and ask the Delhi Government to take immediate action and shut down this polluting power plant! Sources: 1. Indian Government declares Delhi air pollution and emergency, 6th November 2016, The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/06/delhi-air-pollution-closes-schools-for-three-days 2. India’s air pollution emergency, 13th February 2014, The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/14/opinion/indias-air-pollution-emergency.html?_r=0 3. AAP government to take a call on Badarpur power plant closure date, 31st December 2015, DNA India http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-aap-govt-to-take-a-call-on-badarpur-power-plant-closure-date-2160866 4. The Badarpur Plant’s effect on Air Pollution and why it needs to be shut down, The Economic Times Clean the Air campaign http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/the-badarpur-plants-effect-on-air-pollution-and-why-it-needs-to-be-shut-down/changetheair_show/53669369.cms
    113 of 200 Signatures
    Created by Jhatkaa .org Picture
  • BANGALORE: LET’S END OPEN GARBAGE BURNING!
    Bangaloreans can no longer brag about the ‘natural air-conditioning’ in the city. The summers are getting hotter and garbage burning is adding to the heat. Open burning of garbage is a common practice around the city. It is so normal that most people don’t even know that it is against the law. Particulate matter on Bangalore’s busy roads is 6 times the limit prescribed by the World Health Organisation. Garbage burning greatly contributes to the existing urban air pollution which is known to reduce the lives of Indians by over 3 years. The cocktail of toxins that are released while burning garbage is extremely harmful to humans, causing growth defects and cancer in children. Our campaign is called #BangaloreIsBurning, because our city is being smothered under the smoke of burning garbage. Here is the problem: The burning of garbage represents a whole systems failure. It’s what happens when there’s overconsumption, littering, not enough waste segregation, too few sorting facilities, and not enough landfills. But the good news is that there is no shortage of solutions. If the BBMP makes this a priority, and invests/enforces accordingly, we can not only end garbage burning in our beautiful city, but it will also be major step forward in addressing the problem of waste management itself. We already have 4 Indian cities on the list of 10 most polluted cities in the world. Let’s not add Bangalore to that list. Let’s help Bangalore be recrowned as the ‘garden city’ of India. Any time you spot garbage burning in the city, send the photos and location to us via WhatsApp on 888-498-3333. Let's tell the BBMP that garbage burning is illegal and the ban on open garbage burning must be enforced immediately!
    5,124 of 6,000 Signatures
    Created by Jhatkaa .org Picture
  • SAVE BANGALORE’S TREES!
    Jhatkaa team is now officially a part of the North Bangalore Tree Committee and will be raising your concerns there. We have also facilitated the inclusion of two other expert citizen representation on this committee. Join more than 1,00,000 Jhatkaa members in standing up for Bangalore’s tree cover by signing this petition today! On 21st September, Jhatkaa started a campaign calling for the BBMP to stop cutting Bangalore’s old and beautiful trees without a public consultation or studying alternatives. Last week, we joined hands with the Citizens Against Steel Flyover (CASFo) to peacefully protest the cutting of trees for infrastructure projects without analysing alternatives. Over 8000 Bangaloreans joined together to form a peaceful human chain along the route of the proposed steel flyover project. By the end of the protest day, 66 Jhatkaa members had sent in their views on Whatsapp and 19 Jhatkaa members sent in pictures from the protest site! Every Bangalorean knows the city needs its trees to keep the city liveable and ready to face the challenges of climate change and air pollution that are already at our door. If thousands of us put pressure on civic authorities like the BBMP and the BDA, they will be forced to reconsider their current plans! By informing citizens and consolidating public opinion on this issue, we can show them that we won’t allow them to cut Bangalore’s trees unless there is no other option. That’s why we need many more Bangaloreans to join us and ensure that the Karnataka Government and its officials do not cut any trees from these project before exploring all alternatives and including citizen voices in the decision making process! Get your friends and family to join the movement by signing and sharing this campaign. We launched this campaign after a recent High Court order directed the Government to go ahead with road widening along Bellary Road – even though it would mean that more than 800 of the city’s oldest trees would have to be chopped down. In just a few days this campaign had garnered support from 8000 people. Around the same time, news remerged of another infrastructure project in the same geographic area – a 6.7km steel flyover to facilitate traffic towards Bangalore International Airport which would also require felling of 812 trees. This project is estimated to cost Rs. 1800 crore! This galvanized Bangalore’s leading activists, citizen groups, issue experts and the media to sound the alarm on the Government’s logic behind this project. We knew we had to act. That’s why we decided to support the #NoSteelFlyover movement in solidarity with Citizens Against the Steel Flyover (CASFo) . The steel bridge project is a perfect example of not just the disregard for the environmental needs of the city but also of attempts to keep citizens out of the decision making process. We felt that while it is key for us to get as many people as possible out on the streets to take a stand on this issue, it’s also important to give those who may not be able to do so physically on that given day an opportunity to weigh in. So, we continue to reach out to thousands of people via SMS, Whatsapp and email to strengthen this movement. That’s where you come in. It’s time that decision makers in Bangalore acknowledge that they need to be proactively looking for city and town planning solutions that take into account our environmental needs. Join us by signing the petition! For media queries, please write to tania[at]jhatkaa[dot]org More information: - High court order: http://bit.ly/2oIpIcK - BDA botches up the steel flyover issue by hiding information: http://bit.ly/2qd8lBX - Citizens for Bengaluru volunteer group: http://bit.ly/2pjSqEP Press hits: 1. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/Bengalurus-steel-flyover-Bengaluru-residents-raise-pitch-of-protest-to-form-human-chain/articleshow/54841789.cms 2. http://www.livemint.com/Politics/RYOmwQbmJs3183IuyuXFQL/Protests-intensify-against-Bengalurus-proposed-flyover-proj.html 3. http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/bengaluru-steel-flyover-mired-controversy-attracts-wideranging-protests-51419
    167,534 of 200,000 Signatures
    Created by Jhatkaa .org Picture
  • Formulate the Bihar Clean Air Action Plan!
    The beautiful and ancient city of Patna has consistently been one of the most polluted cities in the country. According to our research, Patna has the second highest concentration of particulate matter across top 100 cities in the world. If the situation remains unchanged by 2031, 70 lakh people in Patna will fall sick due to the degraded air pollution. Now all of this isn’t great news for Patna and its environment. But it’s not too late. We do not want our city to surrender to a problem whose solution is right in our hands! Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav is a young leader who grew up in a family that has always been in Bihar's political limelight. As citizens and civil society based in Bihar, we ask him to join us to devise the Clean Air Action Plan. As the first step, we need to ensure that the state government and the citizens understand the gravity of the situation. It is important to translate pollution data to language that is easily understood. This will happen only when the government begins issuing regular health advisories that indicate air quality levels in the city and advise the people on reducing their exposure to pollution. Simple measures in these advisories will go a long way in protecting public health. The health minister has the power to educate and protect the public. But all of this will start with you! For a cleaner and safer Patna, sign this petition. With the support from ordinary citizens like you, the Bihar government will know that people are waiting on them to act immediately. If enough of us mobilize, we know that the health minister will take notice and may even join us. After the first few hundred signatures, we'll take this petition and deliver it straight to Mr. Yadav. Will you help us reach this goal?
    517 of 600 Signatures
    Created by Ankita Jyoti Picture
  • Clean air: a fundamental right of every citizen
    It is important to preserve the nature for future generations. Like, we have the fundamental right for a clean environment similarly the future generations also have the fundamental right for a clean environment. No person shall have the right snatch it from the future generations. Infants are dying. Teenagers are being diagnosed with lung cancer
    1 of 100 Signatures
    Created by vignesh Shankar
  • End open garbage burning in my ward (Ward 27)
    We can no longer brag about the ‘natural air-conditioning’ in the city. The summers are getting hotter and garbage burning is adding to the heat. Open burning of garbage is a common practice around the city. It is so normal that most people don’t even know that it is against the law. Particulate matter on our busy roads is 6 times the limit prescribed by the World Health Organisation. Garbage burning greatly contributes to the existing urban air pollution which is known to reduce the lives of Indians by over 3 years. The cocktail of toxins that are released while burning garbage is extremely harmful to humans, causing growth defects and cancer in children. Here is the problem: The burning of garbage represents a whole systems failure. It’s what happens when there’s overconsumption, littering, not enough waste segregation, too few sorting facilities, and not enough landfills. But the good news is that there is no shortage of solutions. If the BBMP makes this a priority, and invests/enforces accordingly, we can not only end garbage burning in our beautiful city, but it will also be major step forward in addressing the problem of waste management itself. We already have 4 Indian cities on the list of 10 most polluted cities in the world. Let’s not add Bengaluru to that list. Let’s help Bengaluru be recrowned as the ‘garden city’ of India. Join us in telling the BBMP that garbage burning is illegal and the ban on open garbage burning must be enforced immediately!
    1 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Aliena Varghese
  • End Open Garbage Burning In Ward 57
    Bengalureans can no longer brag about the ‘natural air-conditioning’ in the city. The summers are getting hotter and garbage burning is adding to the heat. In the winters, because of lower temperatures, the pollution in our city worsens. Open burning of garbage is a common practice around the city. It is so normal that most people don’t even know that it is against the law. Particulate matter on Bengaluru’s busy roads is 6 times the limit prescribed by the World Health Organisation. Garbage burning greatly contributes to the existing urban air pollution which is known to reduce the lives of Indians by over 3 years. The cocktail of toxins that are released while burning garbage is extremely harmful to humans, causing growth defects and cancer in children. Here is the problem: The burning of garbage represents a whole systems failure. It’s what happens when there’s overconsumption, littering, not enough waste segregation, too few sorting facilities, and not enough landfills. But the good news is that there is no shortage of solutions. If the BBMP makes this a priority, and invests/enforces accordingly, we can not only end garbage burning in our beautiful city, but it will also be major step forward in addressing the problem of waste management itself. The pollution in North India is reaching unbearable levels. Let's not take Bengaluru there. Join us in telling the BBMP that garbage burning is illegal and the ban on open garbage burning must be enforced immediately!
    1 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Chaithra B