Save Mahan campaign held in Trivandrum
#EnteThiruvananthapuram: Volunteers of Greenpeace India in the city joined hands to show solidarity to Van Satyagraha, an indefinite strike to save forests of Mahan in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh on 18th May at Kanakakunnu Palace Grounds.
Mahan forests of Madhya Pradesh are facing the threat of an absolute wipe out as corporations Essar and Hindalco are after the coal reserves below these forests. The final stage forest clearance was granted by Veerappa Moily – the former minister of environment and forests – in February this year. Greenpeace India and its volunteers from around the world demanded that Essar should reconsider on the grounds of a thorough investigation. Until then, the environmental clearance decision should be considered null and void.
Over 14,190 lives from 54 villages are being threatened by the proposed coal mine. Their culture, community and lives are intertwined with the forests and displacement from their natural habitat is going to be devastating for the indigenous community.
Greenpeace activists demanded that Essar should drop its plans of their proposed coal mine. Volunteers staged photographs with messages along with placards to show that it’s not just a small band of people who wants the corporation out of Mahan. Over 1500 volunteers from 133 cities across the globe showed solidarity to the event.
Besides the major cities in India from almost all the states, and far flung places like Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir, Imphal in the north-east and Tirunelveli in south, enthusiastic volunteers from various cities in the USA, Canada, Greece, Czech Republic, Thailand, Philippines, Tunisia, Yemen, Slovakia and Nepal also took part in the global event.