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Ignorance is not bliss, nor is silence golden #Oppose EIA draft 2020

The 2020 EIA draft 2020 is problematic because of the following:

EIA covers all those activities which are potentially dangerous to our already fragile ecology and landscape.

The 2020 draft of EIA allows Post-Facto Clearance meaning factories and other such establishments can set up shop without EIA clearance and can later pay a fine to cover up.

A huge list of projects called’ strategic’ are clearly exempted from taking any kind of EIA clearance. This also means that these projects will not be open to public scrutiny.

Strangely violations to the draft can only be represented by government officials and not citizens. Public consultations help the general public to understand the ecological footprint of any project, it gives them time to be partners in the developmental process. The inability to study and understand a project can lead to disastrous consequences. The time duration for public consultation in the new draft has been reduced to 20 days from 30 days.

If you don’t agree please take a look at some of the recent news items. Understanding Climatic change is not just about opposing Greta Thunberg, it is about what you and I can do to make our living not a burden to the planet!

*Only 750 quarries have permission; 5924 quarries active in state Kerala had experienced 115 earthquakes in the years between 1983 and 2015. Among them…

Read more at: https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/kerala/only-750-quarries-have-permission-5924-quarries-active-in-state–1.4042636

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2019/aug/14/kerala-floods-experts-point-to-role-of-quarries-in-landslide-2018547.html

*LG Polymers: South Korean CEO held over fatal India gas leak

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/lg-polymers-india-has-absolute-liability-for-gas-leak-ngt/article31737142.ece

Still raging fire at oil well in Assam

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/assam-flood-july-21-24-50-lakh-people-affected-one-dead-toll-86-1702809-2020-07-21

Misery of the Assam state, ravaged by floods
Devastating Floods in Uttarakhand- 2013
Kerala Floods

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/monsoon-rains-trigger-severe-floods-india-mumbai-200705090816386.htmlity’s wettest month with an average rainfall of 819mm.

We can as a people continue to keep mum about the devastation in Assam and other north eastern states but recent history and the pandemic tells us meddling with nature has disastrous effects. Unless public pressure is built on the government bodies there is no way ahead for sustainable development. That is the reason why we should know of the public policies that are being laid out.

a href=”https://medium.com/the-hitchhikers-guide-to-digital-democracy/citizen-participation-in-iceland-a-success-86e27f425718″>https://medium.com/the-hitchhikers-guide-to-digital-democracy/citizen-participation-in-iceland-a-success-86e27f425718</a>

In the above article published on Medium Marucio Mejia argues how citizen participation has improved governance and brought about a digital democracy in Iceland.

Technology penetration in India is very high and so is the use of digital medium for communication. It is time that these communication channels are used for creating better awareness and improving citizen participation in the governing process.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/yelahanka-gas-based-power-plant-commissioning-likely-this-summer/article26232002.ece

Getting ready: The 370-MW power plant is coming up at Yelahanka in place of a defunct diesel plant.
The upcoming powerplant threatens the Puttenahalli bird reserve

Balloon- Bubbly, beautiful but not very eco friendly

I remember how while I was growing up in Vijayawada, a major town in Andhra Pradesh, the balloon seller would come to the street on weekends. Me and my brother, along with other kids would run after the balloon man and get our red and orange colored balloons. For a few days at least we would wake up and go to sleep with balloon by our side, that is if it lasts that long.

I loved the balloons and I would be lying if I said that I was aware of the dangers to the environment posed by the balloon at that age or even much later.

It never occurred to me that a light, fluffy , beautiful thing could cause any damage to any one at all.

This I am sure is how we look at most of things. But now the times we are in force us to evaluate the environmental cost of every item of use be it a balloon, a ball, the ubiquitous plastic bags or anything else.

Here is an example of a balloon fest that went horribly out of turn to become a major environmental disaster. In 1986,the city of Cleveland announced that it was going to set a world record by releasing 1.5 million balloons up into the sky. It was a mass movement with a lot of hype on the television and the print media, there was much enthusiasm, great community feeling and lots of positive vibes in the air. In fact the television anchors announced that it was time to prove that Cleveland was a happening city to the world!

Soon festivities took a serious turn when an impending storm hit the city and the balloons fell all over filling the nearby lake where two local fisher men went missing.

The rescue efforts were affected because it was impossible to identify the life jackets of the fishermen among the many floating balloons.

In fact, Cleveland Balloonfest became an example of what not to do in celebration!

Kids love balloons so do adults but it is important that we consider the cost to the environment of these blown up plastic bags.

With environmental damage causing flash floods, droughts and other major catastrophes across the world, it is time to act! Say no to balloons!

For further reading!

https://www.ecowatch.com/balloons-bad-for-the-environment-2596193514.html