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Green Earth Movement
An E-Newsletter for the cause of Environment, Peace, Harmony and Justice

Remember - “you and I can decide the future”

  • Mumbaikars see red on climate change

  • GEM Inspirational series

  • Readers’ Letters

  • Six corporators who make Mumbai better

  • Uncertainty dogs Mumbai race course

  • Tower-ing inferno (Reg radiation from cell phones/towers)
  • Too hot? Blame wind direction, concrete buildings

  • Juhu residents win back open space

  • High court slams BMC for lacking civic sense

  • M'rashtra farm widows, activists to oppose GM crops
  • Maharashtra: Bhajans for Milk

  • SC nod for Kudankulam n-plant but people's protest to continue
  • Anti-nuke activists seek details of emergency plan

  • ‘Church’s stand on Western Ghats unfortunate’

  • Kerala Church to move UN over Western Ghats

  • Over the moon with the cows

  • Banned chemicals found in Mindanao rivers

  • Bright business idea but no money? watch a film


  • Paper boy-turned-politician who humbled mighty Eshwarappa
  • Udupi Inter-religious asks promote peace

  • Kerala buzzing with interfaith meetings

  • Mankind flourished with spirituality- Swami Raghaveshwar

  • My experiences at Nirmal Hriday, home for destitute by Mother Teresa
  • Shirdi temple gives away 53% earnings, Siddhivinayak 13%

  • Pope Francis the smiling revolutionary

  • Mumbai gets two auxiliary bishops

  • YOUTH : 12 Ways We Sabotage Our Mental Health By Amanda Gardner (Health via CNUA)
  • Diocese opens Jaipur's first de-addiction centre

  • Improvement in Railway services. Facing a problem send an SMS. Problems do get rectified.

  • GEM PLUS: Appeal for medical help, vacancies etc


Thought for the week …

Pope Francis spoke of the need for the Church to build bridges, not walls. Christians who are afraid to build bridges and prefer to build walls are Christians who are not sure of their faith ... When the Church loses this apostolic courage, she becomes a stalled church, a tidy church, a church that is nice to look at, but is without fertility, because she's lost the courage to go to the outskirts. – Pope Francis

(see article later-Pope Francis a smiling revolutionary)

Mumbaikars see red on climate change

Chinmayi Shalya, TNN | May 8, 2013

MUMBAI: Climate change is no longer an environmentalist's concern. Erratic weather, change in temperature, depletion of air quality and wind patterns seem to be weighing on Mumbaikars' minds too.
A recent survey has revealed that almost eight out of 10 Mumbaikars have perceived indicators of climate change in their immediate environment. Change in temperature seemed to be most palpable for people, followed by changes in rainfall and wind patterns. The survey was conducted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to gauge people's attitude towards environmental issues.
Climate change and indicators of a depleting environment are a cause of concern for most people. The survey findings indicate that 99% people feel air quality has depleted in Mumbai over the years, causing respiratory and skin ailments. Most people blamed poor air quality on factories and transport. Though there are policies to regulate it, an average 51% people feel there is no proper implementation in areas like air pollution, forest conservation and climate change. Government apathy towards environment vis-a-vis development seemed to be a prime concern for people and environmentalists.

Debi Goenka of the Conservation Action Trust ( CAT) wondered why government policies are not climate-friendly. Goenka said it was only because of a high court order that people and activists have kept some open spaces alive in Mumbai. "If it hadn't been for the order to remove encroachments, we would have lost the (Borivli) national park to the city. Despite a high court order to preserve mangroves, there are petitions from the state government seeking relief for development projects," said Goenka.

Ironically, though the survey indicated huge awareness among Mumbaikars on environment and climate change issues, there was little that people wanted to do to start a change. For instance, when it came to water wastage, 51% people identified tap/faucet leakage as a key reason. A significant percentage of people did not want to segregate solid waste at their home and 66% people placed the onus of improving the environment on the government, followed by NGOs (40%) and businesses (14%).

Maharashtra chief secretary J K Banthia said, "The government has to strike a balance between development and environment. But awareness campaigns among citizens will also help a lot."


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