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Don’t change the Karnataka Preservation of Trees ActChopping down of trees to make way for development can have devastating environmental and ecological consequences. Bengaluru has already been reeling under increasing air pollution and any further loss of green cover is bound to drive up the sulphur dioxide and particulate matter levels. This can give rise to asthma and other serious respiratory illnesses. Some of the species in the new amendment to the KPTA include Gulmohar, Indian Coral, Dodda Bevu, Umbrella Tree and conifers like fir and pine. Among many of these are trees that line Karnataka’s beautiful roads. If this amendment goes through, it would give KJ George, Bangalore's Development Minister, the power to fell nearly 852 trees to build a steel flyover in the city. Jhatkaa.org members like you have been among the thousands of citizens who have come together in the past to protect our city’s trees from being axed for poorly planned infrastructure projects. This amendment, if approved, will leave very little room for us to rally for our trees, as the government will not be obliged to ask for public consultation before chopping these trees. We have only till February 28 to raise our voices and stop this very convenient change in the KPTA law. If enough of us stand with Karnataka’s trees, we can convince KJ George and CM Siddaramaiah to withdraw this dangerous amendment. We’ve done it before. We can do it again. Sources: http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/cover-story/chopping-these-beauties-set-to-become-very-easy/articleshow/62891163.cms http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/cover-story/choppers-stop-attempt-to-amend-karnataka-tree-preservation-act-has-bengaluru-seething/articleshow/62906346.cms http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/bangalore/others/Scofflaw-BBMP-twisted-law-over-several-years-to-make-tree-cutting-spree-easy/articleshow/54633610.cms61,512 of 75,000 SignaturesCreated by Jhatkaa .org