To: Chief minister of Karnataka, H.D.Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Government, your turn to declare Western Ghats as an ESA!

Karnataka Government, your turn to declare Western Ghats as an ESA!

Karnataka Govt. needs to comply by Centre’s rule and declare Western Ghats as an eco-sensitive area (ESA).

Why is this important?

The Western Ghats is a mountain range spanning across 6 states. It is home to hundreds of plants, animals and birds. In the wake of the devastating Kerala floods, the Centre will soon issue a draft notification declaring Western Ghats as an eco sensitive area (ESA)
In 2014, the Centre had issued a draft notification declaring the Western Ghats as an ESA but Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka objected this.

Now, Karnataka is the only state raising objections to the new draft. Claiming it will “affect the State’s economy”1, Karnataka government is rejecting a petition that will ensure the prevention of mining and red category industrial activities, which includes polluting industries like pesticides and petrochemicals, in the Ghats.

An official from Karnataka’s forest ministry has disclosed that ministers in the state government have mining interests in the ghats2, hence refusing to abide by Centre’s draft. Vested political interests shouldn’t stand in the way of preventing further disasters like the ones we saw in Kerala and Karnataka just two months ago!

Sign the petition asking Karnataka CM, H.D.Kumaraswamy to declare Western Ghats as an eco sensitive area.

Sources
1. https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/karnataka-oppose-centres-notification-declaring-western-ghats-eco-sensitive-88822
2. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/karnataka-rejects-centre-s-plan-to-declare-western-ghats-eco-sensitive-area/story-Zwb6n4vQpYSKsR6mA6kBsM.html

Karnataka, India

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Reasons for signing

  • I believe that the vested interests in mining and other red category industries need to wake up their conscience and think about the damage that they have already done to our land and nature. Money doesnt trump life. We have lost many lives due to floods and other natural disasters and the govt must wake up now.Mr CM, show the people who elected you that you care about earth that you live on. Stop bowing to the mining lobby and other vested interests
  • I am appalled at the life threatening floods, typhoons, earthquakes and other natural disasters that are a direct outcome of our plundering our mother earth. We cannot eat money, so any attempts to destroy our eco system in the name of jobs, money is not acceptable to me.Our government needs to start thinking about ways and means to protect our natural habitat.
  • I think as humans, we need to learn, live, understand and, respect nature. We are the main cause of the planned habitat destruction of many species of flora and fauna. This consideration has to apply to the government as well which has corrupt officials taking decisions. People need to take a stand and not allow destruction of such a pristine place and should declare it as an ESA.

Updates

2018-10-08 09:55:45 +0530

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