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Why are parties not discussing a green manifesto, asks activist

An online campaign created by environment activistBhagwan Keshbat and addressed to various politicians including Devendra Fadnavis, Uddhav Thackeray, Balasaheb Thorat and Ajit Pawar demands a green manifesto. Promoting the campaign campaign, Bangalore-based start-up ‘Jhatkaa.org’ has stated that Nagpur, Akola, Amravati and Chandrapur are the most polluting cities in Vidharabha

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Five years and counting: Bengaluru is still waiting for its first electric bus

“Since 2014, BMTC has been assuring us that the city would be getting electric buses. We have been waiting for the past five years. The delay has resulted in the agency losing out on the subsidy for electric vehicles, but that’s had no impact and they are only going back and forth on their decision of buying or leasing the buses. With frequent transfer of officials within BMTC, it is tough to even initiate a proper dialogue with the authority concerned,” says Dr Nimisha Agrawal, senior campaigner at Jhatkaa.org, the NGO that has initiated the petition.

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India’s #MeToo Movement Was Groundbreaking, But What Has Changed A Year After?

“Digital advocacy campaigns like ours, where we bring in allies and government agencies like the MWCD, change the perception that this is one akeli ladki (lone girl) trying to change things, as opposed to thousands of people supporting her,” said Jyotsna George of Jhatkaa.org. “We employ various public mobilisation strategies to sustain pressure on the institutions, telling them we're watching, compelling them to respond and take sexual harassment seriously.”

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“There is no Planet B, if we don’t save it no one will”, say Tibetan students at Global Climate Strike

Around 90 Tibetan high school students from Tibetan Children’s Village School, Lower Dharamshala, and Mewoen Tsuglag Petoen School, marched in solidarity with the global movement demanding climate action and highlighting the climate emergency unfolding in Tibet.

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Tibetan high school students join global climate strike 2019

Tibetan students from classes 8, 9 and 10 of the above schools have spotlighted what a unique climate emergency Tibet is facing as it is known as the Third Pole. Like the Arctic, Amazon and the Pacific Island nations, Tibet is on the frontline of global climate change. Rapidly rising temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, melting glaciers and extreme weather are directly affecting Tibetans and the wildlife and ecosystems of Tibet.

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Tibetan students march for global climate strike

About 100 children participated in the march in McLeod Ganj, organised by Tibetan Youth Congress, Tibetan Women’s Association, and Students for a Free Tibet. The event was coordinated by International Tibet Network and Jhatkaa. The organisers said that Tibet is experiencing a climate emergency due to the rapid melting of the glaciers caused by climate change.

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‘It’s actually sad that I have to support the cause at this age’, 10th Grader Protesting Against Climate Crisis

As the United Nations on Climate Change marks Global Climate Week from 20th to 27th September, The Director of Jhatkaa organization spoke about her concerns over the deteriorating climate, “From wearing sweater throughout the year to witnessing unbearable summers, Bangalore has indeed come afar. It’s visible! It’s in front of us! Cutting thousands of trees for development will definitely lead you to abnormal weather patterns and rampant heat,” said Divya. Jhatkaa is now leading the protest in Bangalore’s Town Hall that will run throughout the week. They are backed by hundreds of students dodging schools, playgrounds, and tiffin-times just to bring to attention the alarming biodiversity crisis that is ever-intensifying. “It is inspiring and scary for us to see the determination of children across the world standing up for a cause they so firmly believe in. Some have even skipped exams,” added Divya.

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City’s eco-warriors protest for a better tomorrow

A climate protest held outside Town Hall on Friday evening saw over 1000 eco-warriors. “Our first strike witnessed a crowd of some 50-odd people and this is the third such gathering. The rising number of people shows us their willingness to talk aboutabout climate change, says Nimisha Agarwal from the NGO Jhatkaa.org

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It’s Greta Thunberg movement in Bengaluru for green Earth

On Friday, over 1000 protestors led by Jhatkaa.org, Fridays For Future India and Extinction Rebellion took to the stairs of city's Town Hall from 5 pm to 7 pm as part of a worldwide event aimed at pressuring the governments and corporates to be truthful about their impacts on the environment and take restorative steps to address climate change.

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Mumbai students join global climate change strike

"Over 2,600 trees at Aarey Colony; 54,000 mangroves for the bullet train; and the problematic coastal road project… entire ecosystems in Mumbai are being destroyed in the name of development, ” said Anushka Manchanda at the protest organised by Jhatkaa.org, a citizen action group that also led the gathering in Bengaluru.

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Mumbai activists protest for climate justice

Activists who want climate justice gathered at Juhu Beach on Friday to discuss the changes they have been making in their lifestyle, and to encourage and educate citizens about climate change. The protest was held as part of a global movement initiated by Greta Thunberg (16) and Fridays for Future. The organisers, Jhatkaa.org, said such protests will be held throughout the week, and a bigger gathering will take place on September 27.

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Voicing out for a social change

Using street plays and songs to get their message across, schoolchildren, too, joined the protest and urged the government to take effective measures to protect the environment. jhatkaa.org, which organised the Friday’s protest, estimated 400 Bengalureans participated in the event. There were calls for more awareness programmes so that people realised how their way of life was affecting the environment, while others suggested that government find ways to ensure that development does not spell the death of biodiversity and the ecosystem.