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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”


  • GEM Inspirational series

  • Readers’ letters
  • Officials up the ante in war against pollution in Kanpur, nearby areas

  • Odisha: Land acquisition for Posco resumes, locals allege use of force

  • Malankara Bishop calls to shut down illegal quarries


  • Kerala Religious concerned about Poison in food (CNUA)

  • Why there is local opposition to coal mining in Karanpura Valley in Jharkhand
  • Indian farmers vow to fight land seizures

  • Kudankulam n-power project to be operational soon
  • Kundapur: Going green - Retired bank official adopts farming as occupation

  • China promises death penalty for polluters

  • Massive new mine will harm thousands, say NGOs

  • Howls of protest over China's dog meat festival

  • Annual event draws increasing condemnation
  • Jumbo photo op

  • Chavan to face people on Facebook

  • Mumbai: Thousands bid tearful adieu to braveheart Darryl Castelino
  • Dubai to build Holy Quran Park

  • ASIA : Catholic physician calls for organ donations to help medicine
  • 26 sign up for body donation after death

    Charity's rapid growth could be due to Pope's influence

  • Vessel cleaning boy from Sullia shines in IIT exam
  • Catholic journalist gets international award

  • Jobs vacant: Saudi Arabia needs more executioners Despite shortage, beheadings are on the rise.

  • GEM PLUS – Appeals, Job vacancies etc


Thought for the week

“There are two goddesses in your heard. The Goddess of Wisdom and the Goddess of Wealth. Everyone thinks they need to get wealth first, and wisdom will come. So they concern themselves with chasing money. But they have it backwards. You have to give your heart to the Goddess of Wisdom, giver her all your love and attention, and the Goddess of Wealth will become jealous, and follow you.”

Joe Vigil


By Atula
Courtesy: India’s endangered

I was visiting Uttarakhand exactly after a year. As the distant hills became visible and the anticipation of once again breathing the fresh mountain air grew, the heart plunged forward – already trekking up the slopes, hugging the Deodars, pines and oaks like a long lost friend.
But the rendezvous was not exactly as I had prepared myself for. In these 365 days the Uttarakhand I had bid adieu somehow looked a lesser shade of green. Freshly cut logs piled on street corners. More man-made roofs projected out of the slopes. The mountains still stood majestically but like the king who could see his pristine kingdom gradually vanish right in front of his eyes.

On 16th and 17 June, 2013 Uttarakhand, the hill state of India was pounded by landslides and torrential rains. What follows is a gory story of devastation with thousands of lives affected, many missing, hundreds feared dead, many hoping against all odds that help would arrive soon saving them from nature’s fiercest form in recent times.
If the tragedy had struck just a week earlier, I can’t help but think I would have been in the same situation as those fighting for their lives. But what also comes to mind are the warning signs I had already witnessed while I was there – the chopped trees, rampant construction, deliberate attempt to change the course of the Mountain Rivers so that roads, power plants and dams could be built.

This was not nature’s fury that led to the current devastation but her revenge for the unnatural ways Uttarakhand has been modified.

Ecological sins

Forty years ago, the women of Garhwal stood up for their forests and started the Chipko Movement. They said that the real gifts of the forests were soil, water and pure air, not timbre, resin and revenue. Sadly though, the tree huggers’ battle faded away when driven by their newfound status of an official Indian state (Uttarakhand was formally declared a state of Republic of India in November 2000) Uttarakhand too forged ahead – vanquishing traditional love for nature, embracing modern development.
The ecological crisis that it faces today is clearly the result of years of abuse of its forest, rivers and natural wealth.
Here is what has happened to the state,

  • Between 2001 and 2011 Uttarakhand lost 4856 sq kms of its forest cover as per the national census. Interestingly, the habituated areas have increased by 30 sq kms.

  • The state has seen a 1000 per cent increase in vehicular traffic in the last eight years with expansion of roads leading to the inevitable everyday – more chances of landslides with the mountains being cut.

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