Monday, July 18, 2011

Tree cutting

Right now I am trying to stop the civic authorities in Bangalore from cutting down ancient trees. There are lots of people here and all of us want the trees safe.

While Bangalore is fighting for its trees, the country risks losing its forests. The government wants to mine coal in the forests of Central and Eastern India.[1] Forest communities and wildlife inhabiting these regions will be affected by this deforestation.

I think it’s foolish to destroy these forests when there are other choices that don’t compromise our energy needs. But according to our government, those trying to keep the forests and the environment safe are foolish. So far there are 30000 Fools for Forests. More and more fools will make this movement stronger.

Watch me and others trying to protect trees in Bangalore and then become a Fool for Forests.

More people taking a stand for forests and those who depend on them will help strengthen the support for them. The government needs to know that the people of this country want their forests and wildlife protected from coal mining.

Coal is dirty and hurts the environment. Renewable energy is clean and can help meet our energy needs.[2] Help save forests. Become a fool for forests now!

Thanks a billion!

Brikesh Singh,
Greenpeace India


1. Allow mining in 90% no-go zones', Hindusthan Times, October 29 2010

2. Renewable energy can power the world, says landmark IPCC study, Guardian, May 9, 2011

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Save Black Mountain

Rainforest Action Network

Revoke Massey's corporate charter
Black Mountain
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Dear Dwijendra,

Everyone reading this email knows that we need to switch to a clean energy economy. It will create jobs, protect vulnerable communities, and save our ailing climate.

This obvious logic is an abomination for coal corporations like Massey Energy. Though Massey was bought earlier this year by Alpha Natural Resources, Massey's corporate charter still exists. This means business as usual for Appalachia's most notorious mountain destroyer.

Tell Delaware's Attorney General to revoke Massey Energy's corporate charter so it can't continue destroying America's sacred mountains.

Nestled at the base of Eastern Kentucky's rugged Black Mountain are two historic mining towns working hard to define a future beyond coal. Local residents of Lynch and Benham are in the midst of reinventing their towns as historic tourist destinations of Appalachia.

Much to their dismay, the coal barons at Massey Energy have other plans for Black Mountain. The same company whose negligence contaminated countless Appalachian waterways and took the lives of 29 coal miners just last year is one of several companies attempting to mine coal on Black Mountain.

Demand Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden revoke Massey's corporate charter.

Putting a coal mine on Black Mountain means putting the health and culture of local communities on the line.

Local Lynch city councilmember Bennie Massey explains, "The biggest thing is our water resource. Our water is really good now. You're not just taking out the coal, you're destroying generations of people who could live here and raise their families here.”

Stand with the families of Black Mountain. Tell Delaware's Attorney General to revoke Massey's charter today.
For a clean energy future,
Amanda Starbuck
Energy & Finance Program Director
Twitter: @DirtyEnergy

Rainforest Action Network
221 Pine Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 USA
Phone: (415) 398-4404   Fax: (415) 398-2732

Mumbai: we will not be divided

Dear friends,

The brutal Mumbai terrorist attacks sought to divide us. Join an urgent message to show the extremists they failed, and call for unity against terror:

We're all feeling the shock of the attacks in Mumbai. All our hearts go out to the victims and their families.

These attacks were aimed at our people, our prosperity and our peace. But their top target was something else: our unity. If these attacks cause us to turn on each other in hatred and conflict, the terrorists will have won. They know that hatred and chaos feed on division. They also know they are radical extremists, and their only way to win is to turn the rest of us against one other.

Let's deny them that victory. We're launching a message to extremists on all sides and all our political leaders that these tactics aren't working, we're more united than ever, united in our love and support to each other, and determined to work together to stop violent extremism. Let's tell them that we expect all our political and religious leaders to join us, and make this a moment for unity, not division. Click to sign the urgent message and then share it with everyone -- when it reaches 2 lakh we will publish it in newspapers across India and Pakistan :

Extremists seek to tear India, and the rest of the world, apart. Our best weapon against them, and the best way to honour the memory of those who have been killed, is to come together in unity and reconciliation, and make sure our leaders do the same.

It's time to speak out, let's do it together.

With respect, sadness and hope,
Ricken Patel and the Avaaz team.

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get your set of stickers and start spreading the message.

After two months, 70,000 petition signatures and two non-violent confrontations, the telecom sector has acknowledged the problem of dirty-diesel powering their mobile towers. Bharti Airtel however is yet to give a commitment.
Watch the action at Airtel HQ and get your set of stickers.
The telecom sector uses subsidised diesel to run its mobile towers and the subsidy is not meant for them, causing a loss of Rs 2600 crore.[1] Being the market leader, it is imperative for Bharti Airtel to act.

We can put more pressure on Airtel to clean-up by spreading the message about its dirty energy usage. A bunch of stickers with a message for Airtel will help do this. So get your set of stickers and stick them around to make more and more people aware of Airtel's reluctance to go green.

Watch our latest interaction with Bharti Airtel, get your set of stickers and start spreading the message.

My colleagues and I have had two meetings with the company’s executives so far, and both were preceded by a demonstration outside their office as they refused to speak to us. Public pressure is required to help the company shift. More and more aware people asking Airtel to switch-off diesel will put more pressure on them to act.

Oil, like coal and nuclear, also hurts the environment, as seen during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in America last year. [2] Renewable energy is clean and cheap and it can fulfil our needs.[3]

Bharti Airtel is a market leader and by switching to clean energy, it will set an example for the other operators in the telecom sector. Get your stickers and spread the word now!

Thanks a billion!

Abhishek Pratap,
Climate and Energy Campaigner,
Greenpeace India.

1. Telecom industry's "diesel exploitation" exposed, Business Standard, May 25, 2011

2. BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill likely to cost more than Exxon Valdez, Guardian, April 30, 2010

3. Renewable energy can power the world, says landmark IPCC study, Guardian, May 9, 2011

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