Help! Prevent This ‘Pay And Violate The Environment’ Proposal

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ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD WARNING! Projects that do not have an environmental clearance may soon be allowed to carry on their work after paying a fine.

The new proposal by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) intends to allow such projects to go ahead, that are currently operating illegally.

Jhatkaa, a group of environment crusaders, is signing up a petition that sends public opinions to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. This is open till 9th July, 2016. The group has previously successfully campaigned for stricter fuel emission standards.

If you care for the environment and understand the repercussions of cutting our forests, please sign up on their site and voice your concern about the Environment Impact Assessment. You can appeal to the Government to implement the law and protect the environment. Allowing companies to pay for damages to the environment will worsen the already dwindling eco-system.

The National Green Tribunal has stated that such a proposal would “provide benefits to the class of the project or activity owners who have started construction in violation of law, i.e. prior environment clearance.” An Environmental Supplemental Plan (ESP) is expected to come in this proposal that would essentially make it easier for corporations to violate environmental laws for the sake of development.

Development is necessary, but not at the cost of environment. Sustainable development is the word our country and the world need to look at, and together, we can help do just that.

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