• Maintain high air quality standards around U-17 FIFA World Cup venues
    Every year, the winter months of October to February bring out the worst in any city in terms of air quality. If we just talk about Delhi -- the use of firecrackers during Diwali and crop burning around NCR makes the air twice as polluted as that during the summer. Air quality in Kolkata, Mumbai, Guwahati and Goa has also been deteriorating. Being the host country for any sporting event is a matter of pride as well as a huge responsibility. No doubt that the focus of the national and international media will be on the talented players, but at the same time, they will also keep their eyes on us. And we do not want the winter smog to be the highlight of the tournament! But there’s still some hope. The CPCB recently asked all host states to ensure that adequate measures are being taken to curb air pollution. Kochi, another host city, has taken the first step and installed air quality monitoring devices both inside and outside the stadium. We need the same level of action from all the other cities. We have a little more than a week to fix things. These governments need to act now! Sign this petition and make sure that the governments act quickly to ensure a world class sporting event free of air pollution. If at least 5,000 of us sign in the coming week, we’ll make sure your signatures are made visible while the U-17 FIFA World Cup is taking place. In less than a month, a new nation will emerge as the U-17 FIFA World Cup champion. We hope that India brings victory both on the field and in the air! References: Why Delhi’s air worsens during winters: Scroll https://scroll.in/article/763441/why-delhis-air-worsens-during-winters FIFA U-17 World Cup: Gear up, pollution panel directs: Outlook India https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/fifa-u17-world-cup-gear-up-pollution-panel-directs/1137099 FIFA U-17 matches: mark it. Air quality to be monitored: The New Indian Express http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/kochi/2017/sep/20/fifa-u-17-matches-mark-it-air-quality-to-be-monitored-1659791.html
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  • Illegal dumping of Garbage next to our residential housing complex - ALPINE VIVA at Seegehalli
    Every day at-least 50 garbage trucks come to empty their contents in this ground. The stench from unauthorized dumping is unbearable and causing serious health hazard to our residents. The ground is a breeding ground of mosquitos that is spread epidemics like Dengue and Encephalitis. We already have a few cases of Dengue reported in our apartment. You would agree that this is a serious public health threat to the nearby residents and if no action is taken to stem it, this will inevitably lead to a serious public health tragedy.
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  • Shut down KCDC plant & Give Citizens the Fundamental Right to Breathe Clean Air
    The Karnataka Compost Development Corporation (KCDC) plant at Kudlu has become a major source of air and ground water pollution in Somasundarapalya and adjoining areas of HSR layout, Bangalore. The KCDC plant was created in 1975 to support and strengthen environmentally friendly and sustainable waste management systems outside the city limits. Gradually, the city grew and this area also flourished as it was strategically located between IT corridor of Electronic City and Sarjapura Road. In view of public health and safety, the plant was closed down in 2008. However, in 2013, an Expert Committee was set up at the behest of High Court of Karnataka to resolve City's garbage crisis. The committee disregarded the public opinion and overlooked the devastating harm that such a plant would cause to the local environment. They misconstrued the case, ignored the economic and social impact on public health and willfully got the plant reopened and worst of all -got it expanded. Now, KCDC in the middle of densely populated locality with numerous schools, apartments, shops, hospitals and other institutions with population over 25,000. The plant originally meant to process 70 tonnes, now receives 300 tonnes of waste everyday from Koramangala and other parts of southern Bangalore. The open disposal and unscientific processing of large amount of waste is producing toxic air. A highly unpleasant stench emanating from the plant spreads beyond 2-3 km radius, inflicting untold sufferings on people. The leachate drained into the lake and seepage from open mountain of RDF has severely contaminated the surrounding lake water. The people living in the vicinity of the plant are suffering damaging respiratory and lung diseases, apart from eye and skin problems. While the local governing bodies have failed to grasp the seriousness of the problem, residents feel completely helpless and exasperated with frequent spells of unbearable stink. Public money worth several Crores has already been spent on many piecemeal solutions which miserably failed to control the disgusting stink. We believe the denial of fresh and clean air is a serious violation of the basic human right of people. The plant is set up right on the bank of Somasundrapalya Lake. It has failed to achieve environmental, economical and social sustainability, which in itself is a grave violation of the SWM rules. To reclaim our right to breathe clean and fresh air, and live healthy lives, we want the GoK and BBMP to stop ignoring the issue of public health, take immediate measures and work out an effective and time bound solution to this longstanding problem. If enough Bengalureans raise their voice for the residents of HSR layout and Somasundarapalya breathing polluted air, we will deliver our signature to Honable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Sri K.Siddaramaiah, BBMP J.C. SWM, CEO KCDC, MD KCDC and BBMP Commissioner and convince them to immediately shift the plant to a safe non residential location. Sources: http://bengaluru.citizenmatters.in/hsr-layout-residents-talk-on-kcdc-composting-plant-9242 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/hsr-layout-residents-stop-garbage-trucks-from-entering-compost-plant/articleshow/57740923.cms http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/Shut-down-HSR-Layout-compost-plant-if-you-can%E2%80%99t-maintain-it-say-residents/article17073461.ece
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  • End garbage burning in ward 191 (Singasandra)
    Garbage burning emits toxic chemicals and is killing people slowly .....Government needs to act aggressively and stop the garbage burning menace
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  • Pune needs CNG buses: Do not buy polluting diesel buses for our city
    Diesel buses are one of the major contributors of outdoor air pollution. Emissions due to such vehicles have major health impacts -- right from causing irritation in the eyes, noses and throat to causing lung cancer. And hence, we need better and sustainable alternatives like CNG, which has lower fuel consumption and lower emissions than diesel vehicles. Doing away with all diesel vehicles is one of the many ambitious plans by countries like France and Germany. India too is following suit, with its zealous plan of running only electric vehicles by 2030. So at a time when the entire country, as well as the world, is trying to aggressively move away from diesel and petrol run vehicles, Pune is taking a step back and taking the city into a decade-long battle with air pollution. Let us urge Pune city officials to not consider diesel buses and stick to their original plan of CNG buses. After all, clean air in Pune is possible with an efficient transport system! References: Careful study must be undertaken before purchasing CNG or diesel buses by PMPML, says NGO: http://bit.ly/2u9FIMo PMPML planning to buy diesel-run buses, activists call the move ‘ridiculous’: http://bit.ly/2fdZq2R
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  • Scrap Old Buses! : Shri M. R. Vijayabhaskar
    Air pollution in the form of vehicular emissions is most commonly faced by people across the country. Our cities are filled with old diesel buses and trucks that should be taken off the roads immediately. Taking old buses off the road is the right thing to do -- 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. Chennai’s buses are also known for frequent breakdowns. These breakdowns increase the traffic congestion on the streets, adding to the traffic woes of the city. Half of MTC's fleet have run beyond the permissible limit of six lakh km. The major pollutants emitted from transport include carbon dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter -- and the scary list goes on! But black carbon emissions from diesel vehicles are known to be several times more toxic than other pollutants. And commercial vehicles in several Indian cities run on diesel because it is cheap. So pedestrians and the millions of Indians who use public transport are inhaling very high levels of pollution. Scrapping old, polluting vehicles and upgrading public transportation fleets is essential for clean and vibrant cities.
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  • Submit your comments on draft National Energy Plan! Just 12 hours left
    We have 2 days to send in our comments to NITI Aayog before they finalise the policy, and here's what's at stake: -Protecting our environment vs. continuing to damage it -Massive increase in air pollution vs. breathable air for all Indians -Dependence on dirty fossil fuels vs. a renewable energy revolution -India as a climate champion vs. an India hit hard by catastrophic climate change NITI Aayog is seeking comments, views, recommendations and any other input from stakeholders and the public latest by 14th July, 2017. You have the option of submitting these comments we've compiled from issue experts, or editing/adding your own thoughts. Just use the box to the right. Please act now and send in your comments directly to the NITI Aayog today! Help strengthen India’s energy future. You can read the NEP here: http://bit.ly/2rXZmWK
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  • We need electric Teslas here in India - reduce the import duty!
    Earlier this year, the Indian government announced its ambitious plans to to phase out the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles altogether. They want only electric vehicles to be sold in India by 2030! This massive pivot in India’s energy consumption towards sustainable and renewable energy will significantly reduce vehicular emission on Indian roads, one of the primary causes of outdoor air pollution. This move by the Indian government is a progressive and proactive step towards to tackling air pollution and reducing carbon emissions in the long run. Tesla Motors has state-of-the-art technology for energy efficient electric cars, and their interest in bringing this technology to India comes at the perfect time: when our government has just announced plans to become all-electric car nation by 2030. By levying restrictive import duties on Tesla, just as it is poised to bring electric-cars en masse to the country, the Indian government is being short-sighted, and creating unnecessary obstacles that will only further slow down the process of becoming all-electric by 2030. In order for the Indian government to live upto its visionary target of getting rid of gas-guzzling vehicles from Indian roads, Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, needs to temporarily waive import duties for Tesla, giving them enough time to set up a local production unit in India, and make electriccars in India. Sign this petition and add your voice to assert that Indians support progressive measures by the Indian government to shift to renewable energy and have only electric cars on Indian roads by 2030. Temporarily waiving import duties for Tesla is the smart thing for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to do. If enough Indian citizens sign this petition, we will deliver our collective voices to Mr. Jaitley and convince him to not let import duties be a roadblock in India’s march towards embracing renewable energy. Sources: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/auto/miscellaneous/india-aiming-for-all-electric-car-fleet-by-2030-petrol-and-diesel-to-be-tanked/articleshow/58441171.cms http://www.deccanchronicle.com/business/companies/150617/tesla-in-talks-with-indian-govt-to-reduce-import-duty-elon-musk.html https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/05/india-electric-car-sales-only-2030/
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  • Stand your ground: Do not allow 300+ power plants to continue with extreme air pollution
    UPDATE: As per a new order issued by the Environment Ministry, new thermal power plants in India will now have to comply with ‘human health and environment’ criteria as part of their mandatory environmental clearance procedures. This essentially means any company seeking environmental clearance for new thermal power plants will have to take into account chronic exposure to air and noise pollution which may adversely affect health of not only workers but also of people living in its vicinity. However, cleaning up of existing power plants (through retrofitting) needs to be prioritised and the progress needs to be made public, so there's more transparency and accountability. BACKGROUND In 2015, the Environment Ministry put in place improved pollution norms for the thermal power industry which required all the thermal plants to become more water efficient and to further reduce the pollution they spew into the air. These included toxic pollutants like sulphur oxides, nitrous oxides, mercury, and particulate matter. These important rules were set to come into force in 2017, but this did not happen. Instead, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) disregarded the Environment Ministry's rules and gave thermal power plants an extension. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change later told the Supreme Court that coal-based thermal plants will conform to emission norms by 2022. Sulphur dioxides (SOx) and Nitrogen dioxides (NOx) are toxic gases hazardous when inhaled. Inhalation of these gases may cause or worsen respiratory diseases, such as asthma or bronchitis, or may also aggravate existing heart disease. The asthma cases in India are already on the rise -- doctors claim that they are now seeing a rise of 60-70 per cent in ailment cases related to pollution. To meet the new pollution norms for SOx the plants are required to install a technology called, flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) which helps remove sulphur dioxide from the exhaust gases of fossil-fuel power plants. Even though the industry had a two year window period to install the required technology, most of the industry began arguing back with the government against the rules once they had been officially notified. High levels of toxic air pollution are a problem plaguing most parts of India for several years now. And thermal power plants are a major contributor to SOx and NOx levels in the country. A study found that coal-based thermal power plant clusters were responsible for more than 75% of total SO2 emissions in all 23 Indian states they analysed, and for more than 90% in 16 Indian states. With over 300 thermal power plants allowed to flout environmental rules for another 2 - 5 years, it will lead to an increase in air pollution levels across the country. Centre for Science and Environment estimates that about 45% of the SOx pollution from the industrial sector comes from thermal power plants. Sources: - http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/300-thermal-plants-ignore-rules-to-adopt-pollution-norms-in-2020-not-2017-117060801228_1.html - http://www.environment.gov.au/protection/publications/factsheet-sulfur-dioxide-so2 - http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/delhi-pollution-cases-of-breathlessness-asthma-allergy-rise-in-the-city-3739775/ - http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/two-indians-die-every-minute-due-to-air-pollution-study/article17328922.ece - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/green-light-to-thermal-power-plants-only-after-human-risk-evaluation/articleshow/66717796.cms
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  • Green Bus Stop
    - Trees prevent climate change -Trees clean the Air -Trees provide oxygen -Trees cool the streets and city -Trees provide energy -Trees prevent water pollution -Trees prevent soil erosion -Trees bring diverse groups of people together Trees provide lot of benefits to clean and safe environment. So, how about increasing trees in our city for better future?
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  • Install More Air Quality Monitoring Stations in Pune
    Pune is the ninth largest city in the country and is home to many of India’s IT, automotive and manufacturing companies, which attracts lakhs of Indians every year. A growing population means an increase in the number of vehicles as well as new construction sites around the city, both of which contribute significantly to outdoor air pollution. That’s why we need the government to ensure that the problem of air pollution is mitigated effectively. According to recommendations by the Central Pollution Control Board, a city like Pune should have at least 12 AQMS in different regions. But we’re not even halfway there. Moreover, the MPCB has more than Rs. 500 crores of unused funds! Air quality monitors record the pollution levels in a particular region and the data is used to understand health impacts citizens face. Air pollution is extremely dangerous for children. On a really poor air quality day, the government can issue health advisories to its citizens and ask schools to shut down. Parents, too, can refer to this data if it is readily available and ensure that children stay indoors or wear air masks. This will also justify if we need more gardens and trees in the vicinity and distinguish certain places as vehicle free zones. Punekars need access to better data on air quality and that’s why you should sign this petition for more AQMS across Pune. If thousands of Punekars sign the petition, we will deliver it directly to Satish Gavai, chairman of the MPCB. This will show him that citizens want him to take action! If we don’t act now, Pune’s air quality will reach dangerous levels. We cannot wait anymore! Our health and our children’s health is at risk.
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  • Install More Air Quality Monitoring Stations in Mumbai
    AQMS record the pollution levels in a particular region and the data is used to understand health impacts citizens face. Air pollution is extremely dangerous for our children. On a really poor air quality day, the government can issue health advisories to its citizens and ask schools to shut down. Parents too, can refer to this data if it is readily available and ensure that children stay indoors or wear air masks. According to recommendations by the Central Pollution Control Board, a city like Mumbai should have at least 15 AQMS in different regions.2 Meanwhile a smaller city like Bangalore has 15 AQMS! This means that Bangaloreans can get better data and health advisories. Don’t we Mumbaikars also deserve accurate data on the quality of air we breathe? We cannot wait anymore! Our health and our children’s health is at risk. Tell Satish Gavai, the chairman of the MPCB, that we want him to fulfill his promise, and SHARE the petition with every Mumbaikar. If thousands of Mumbaikars sign the petition, we will deliver it directly to Mr Gavai. This will show him that citizens want him to take action! If we don’t act now, the growing population, more than a million vehicles, and plans to cut down thousands of trees for development, will add more pollutants and Mumbai’s air quality will reach dangerous levels. Sources: Maharashtra pollution board high on funds, low on staff, equipment: The Hindustan Times - http://bit.ly/2rzHggv Guidelines for ambient air quality monitoring: NAAQMS - http://bit.ly/2qZ8t9Z Deadly pollutants in Mumbai’s air have soared in past 10 years: The Hindustan Times - http://bit.ly/2rkiu4n
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