It was inspired by a line by Roger Waters, "You shout and no one seems to hear."
This line reminded me of the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment which was proposed in March 2020. It dilutes the voices of the people who may get adversely affected by developmental projects by scrapping public hearings.
An Environmental Impact Assessment ( EIA ) is basically a process of evaluating environmental impacts of a proposed project. Under the Draft EIA 2020, if there is local resistance to polluting industries, their voices will not matter. The impacts such industries can have one the people are: 1. Nearby water bodies get polluted and people will lose access to clean drinking water 2. If the soil is polluted, the crops farmers sow won't grow. 3. Some pollutants can seriously affect the human health in the area, etc
Anyone who is concerned about this, you can go to the link in my bio to check out all the tools/resources which will help you understand this issue better and act on it.
Wrote this because I'm pissed at the massive deforestation happening in India, with the government approving unnecessary projects which cause MASSIVE deforestation and habitat loss, and irreparable damage to local communities. Also, these projects aren't even necessary. There are alternatives to them which don't destroy our world, and ways in which the damage can be minimised, and that's not even happening.
Dear Friends, this is a very important message for us to act on. Please object to the Environmental Impact Assesment (EIA) Darft 2020 by mailing the Environment Ministry. (Link in my bio)
Environmental Impact Assessment ( EIA ) is a process of evaluating environmental impacts of a proposed project taking into account inter-related socio-economic, cultural and human-health impacts. Draft EIA 2020 by Government of India proposes to legitimize actions currently listed as violations, dilutes rules by expanding list of projects exempted from public consultation & does not prescribe a robust post environment clearance monitoring system. Besides giving a lot of discretionary powers to govt authorities, Draft EIA 2020 is heavily loaded in favour of industries allowing polluting industries to pollute more and causing immense harm to nature. Under the new draft EIA, industries set to benefit from no public consulting are chemical fertilizers, pesticides, petroleum product plants & many more. If there is local resistance to these polluting industries, their voices will not matter. Removing public consultation spells disaster as it is a must for any environment clearance process.
The government has called for objections. Please share this petition link widely urging people in your networks to sign. All our local environment and forest battles will fall flat if the EIA is manipulated. We all have to work together to stop this Draft from becoming a Notification. So please, PLEASE go to the link in my bio and click on it and send a mail to the Environment Ministry and share this as much as possible.