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Experts, activists unhappy with Centre’s move to chemically sterilise wild animals

Nimisha Agarwal, a campaigner at Jhatkaa, a non-profit opposing the move, said, “The human-wildlife conflict has been a result of loss of wildlife habitat. Instead of focusing on the conservation of their natural habitats, the government wants to eliminate animals from the wild.” She added, “The government’s decision has come without assessing the long-term impact on biodiversity, especially sterilisation of keystone species like elephants, which have been considered nature’s guardians for centuries. We, humans, are responsible for the loss of habitat of wild animals. Let us not first take their homes and then their lives just for our convenience.”

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Proof Greta Thunberg’s Climate Activism Is Working

But while part of Thunberg’s story lends itself to the notion that “one person can make a difference,” she is also the first to acknowledge that it is going to demand massive collective action—from everyone and all over the world—to solve the climate emergency.

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This Powerful Climate Change PSA Reprises Greta Thunberg’s Momentous COP24 Speech

In a new video, "Change Is Coming," Indian organization Jhatkaa reprises powerful soundbytes from that speech, lip-synced here by Indian children. Phrases have been moved around to create a certain dramatic urgency, and it begins with our favorite part of Thunberg's now-famous address: "You are not mature enough to tell it like is. Even that burden you leave to us children."

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Rise up Bengaluru- Episode 1

Episode 1 from our brand new show in partnership with @RadioActive90_4 is NOW LIVE!

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Online petition against Koradi power plant expansion gathers momentum

Highlighting the common practice of using dried up rivers an d other fresh water resources under the garb of sewage water, senior campaigner at Jhatkaa.org Nimisha A said, “For the For the first time in years, Nagpur is facing severe water cuts. Bringing in more coal-fired units will only put moreput more pressure on the system.”

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Mumbai: Support pours in against cutting 2,703 Aarey trees

With the BMC inviting suggestions and objections to removing 2,703 trees at Aarey Milk Colony to pave way for construction of the car depot for the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro line-3, nature lovers and city-based green activists have launched several online petitions to garner support against the move. Another petition has been started by Empower Foundation on airalert.in and has been referred to Jitendra Pardeshi, superintendent of Garden Department and Tree Authority. Till now it has received 37,678 signatures.

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From Aravali To Bullet Train, How Environment Has Become A Lesser Priority In Quest For Development

Aarey Forest, the world’s only forest in the middle of a modern metropolis is facing a threat from the construction of a car shed for Mumbai Metro. The nearly 1 lakh crore Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train is one of the biggest infrastructure projects undertaken in India so far. The massive construction also comes at the expense of over 13.36-hectare mangroves which will be cleared for the project. Earlier this year the Haryana government passed the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA) amendment bill, 2019, which will in effect open up the Aravallis to real estate development. Last year the Karnataka Government had proposed to cut a total of 3,281 trees and prune 2,084 trees to build a network of elevated corridors that will span the length and breadth of the city.

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Delhi Metro: Free rides for women only the starting point, say activists

Jyotsna George, campaign manager (gender and sexuality) at Jhatkaa.org, a group campaigning for citizen power, said they have been running an online campaign on the issue. “Research shows that women feel safer in public spaces when there are more women around,” Ms. George said.

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‘SRFTI, I Won’t Let Go,’ Says Student Alleging Sexual Harassment

An online campaign organisation called Jhatkaa.org took up Smita’s case at the time, encouraging people to sign a petition which demanded the suspension of the accused and an efficient investigation.

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When city’s young eco-warriors took part in a global climate protest

Like across the world, the Indian team is also led by students and youth, whose aim is to put pressure on the government to declare a Climate Emergency. “Climate change affects us all. We all know someone whose house was damaged in the floods, or is suffering from asthma or other respiratory illnesses, made worse due to air pollution,” said Pranay Jajodia of Jhatkaa.org, an organisation that is joining the climate strike.

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Bengaluru: Citizens rally to protest climate change

“Climate change affects us all. We all know someone whose house was damaged in the floods, or is suffering from asthma or other respiratory illnesses, made worse due to air pollution,” said Pranay Jajodia of Jhatkaa.org

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Hundreds protest in Bengaluru, join global movement against inaction on climate change

Fridays for future is also petitioning Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change to declare a national climate emergency, and for the Indian government to implement rigorous policies to address the issue. See the petition here. To sign a petition, you can give a missed call to 910-850-7191.