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The People Have Spoken: Development Without Destruction

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My name is Vivek and I am speaking from Delhi right now. Today the serious danger of climate change is hovering over the entire world. The whole world is readying itself to fight this danger. On December 20, 2014, 350.org organized People’s climate march in which various organizations from across the country participated and raised their voices against the serious issue of climate change. From Mandi House to Jantar Mantar almost 1500 youth, women, men and children marched. The march was divided into 3 sections- the first section were people who wore black t-shirts and symbolized reasons, next- the ones who wore blue t-shirts symbolized impacts, and the third wearing yellow t-shirts symbolized solutions. Organizations such as Chutka Nuclear Energy Sangharsh Samiti, Mahan Sangharsh Samiti etc participated in the march. An activist from Mahan Sangharsh Samiti, Siyaram Shah said that the government is destroying forests without any basis because of which the climate is impacted. Besides, the destruction of forests is causing the loss of livelihoods for lakhs of people and also serious causing changes to the air and water thereby affecting crores of people. We have already seen the impact of climate change in Uttarakhand and in Kashmir. I appeal to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the Climate Change Conference in New York along with the Environment Minister, Prakash Javdekar. The organization of the People Climate March has been successful. The enthusiasm of the people participating in this march has made it clear that people don’t want development that is built on the foundations of destruction.

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BHAGWAN ASHRAY NAMDEO (village Raila, Singrauli)

“The work that Mahan Sangharsh Samiti is doing is laudable and I thank Greenpeace for the guidance they gave prior to that. I am with the movement in Singrauli to save the forest in body, mind and spirit. My wish is for the residents of Singrauli to progress. Singrauli has become a coal center and the government of Shivraj Singh has cheated us because when Singrauli had been made a district, they had assured us that your land will not giveaway your lands in cheap rates. But this time in Surya Bhavan when we questioned them, they said besides the company who will care about your land?
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‘Development’, who do you serve? Not us, for sure!

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JAGNARAYAN (Mahan Sangharsh Samiti member) from AMELIA, SINGRAULI, MADHYA PRADESH -
“We heard about the IB report from media. I reject the report’s allegation that  Greenpeace is a hindrance to our economic growth, as false! Development means progress that is for all!

Right now in India, the word ‘development’ only helps businessmen and city dwellers to ‘grow’ more. But it is us, the village dwellers, who have to deal with the ugly side to it. We get displaced and have no where to go, our livelihoods are snatched away from us, we are expected to make life changing sacrifices! After losing everything, we have to live with dust, unbearable pollution, a destroyed environment resulting in adverse health effects on our fellow villagers.

Our rights and needs are ruthlessly trampled over. In this environment of despair, Greenpeace has been supporting and working to enforce community forest rights on Mahan forest for the villagers. This is as per 2006-2007 Forest Rights Act.
There is necessity for organisations like Greenpeace in our co- to spread awareness, safeguard the rights and livelihood of us poor, to protect the environment from destruction. Greenpeace is not one to function for money or political motives. They are doing a great job”