[AI] Fw: Court Case

Krishnan moothimoola at gmail.com
Thu Jul 29 06:08:43 EDT 2010


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Ashish Fernandes, Greenpeace India 
To: moothimoola at gmail.com 
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2010 12:46 PM
Subject: Court Case




            Dear krishnan m. moothimoola,

            TATA has filed a law suit against Greenpeace for Rs 10 crore because of our TATA v/s Turtles game, highlighting the threat the Dhamra port poses to the turtles and other wildlife. [1] Greenpeace stands by its actions and will present its case in court on August 12.

            TATA is desperately trying to silence all opposition to their port in Dhamra, Orissa. The port will start functioning next month even as the Supreme Court’s Central Empowered Committee deliberates on its violation of the Forest Conservation Act. TATA is simply trying to divert attention from the core issue - the dangers their port poses to coastal biodiversity.

            There are over 300 more ports planned across the country’s coastline. Many of these are in and around eco-sensitive areas.  You have already written to Jairam Ramesh asking him to strengthen the Coastal Regulation Zone notification to protect our coasts. We need to get more voices to impress upon him the urgency of this issue.

            Can you forward this mail to your friends and family asking them to write to Jairam Ramesh?


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                  Ask Jairam Ramesh to save our coasts. Click here to write to him. 
            Dear supporter,

            The Tatas have filed a law suit against Greenpeace for Rs 10 crore because of our TATA v/s Turtles game, highlighting the threat the Dhamra port poses to the turtles and other wildlife [1]. Greenpeace stands by its actions and will present its case in court on August 12.

            The Tatas are trying to divert attention from their port’s impacts, ignoring the concerns of 150,000 people, scientists, politicians and NGOs.  The port has bent every law in the book, threatening turtles, mangroves, crocodiles and other species [2].

            Over 300 more ports are being planned across mainland India. Many will be in and near eco-sensitive areas. We cannot let more Dhamras happen and the Minister of Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh needs to act.

            Can you write to Jairam Ramesh asking him to protect our coasts? 

            http://greenpeace.in/turtle/no-more-dhamras

            21,262 people have already written to him. More letters will help make him realise that he cannot take the issue lightly.

            A lot of these new ports are planned in or near mangroves, fish breeding grounds and the habitats of marine turtles and other vulnerable species.

            In 1991 the Government had come up with a Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification meant to protect our coasts. But over the years this notification has been weakened to suit vested interests.

            To prevent future Dhamras this notification needs to be strengthened. Minister Jairam Ramesh can do this by inserting a clause which prohibits construction of new ports and expansion of old ones within 25km radius of eco-sensitive, CRZ I areas.

            Ask Minister Jairam Ramesh to save India’s coastal spaces before it’s too late: 

            http://greenpeace.in/turtle/no-more-dhamras

            Thanks a billion!


            Ashish Fernandes
            Oceans Campaigner
            Greenpeace India 

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            Sources:
            1. Tata sue NGO over turtle game, DNA, 18th July,  2010
            http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report_tatas-sue-ngo-over-turtle-game_1411245

            2. Wildlife activists move Supreme Court, The Times of India, 10th Oct, 2010
            http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/City/Bhubaneswar/Wildlife-Activists-Move-Supreme-Court-/articleshow/5110555.cms 
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