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Jan 28, 2011, 2:24:31 AM1/28/11
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Hi ,

I have just shown my support for India's forests. Please see the mail below and support our forests at http://www.greenpeace.org/india/en/What-We-Do/Stop-Climate-Change/Quit-Coal/support-the-forests/


Dear ,

The dangerous forest versus coal tussle has claimed its first victim – the endangered Indian elephant. The Chhattisgarh government has scrapped plans for an elephant reserve in order to allow the same forests to be mined for coal. [1]

Last year the environment and forest ministry defined regions rich in forest cover and biodiversity as No-Go areas for mining. [2] The coal ministry wants the government to scrap this classification. [3] A Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to resolve this will take a decision later in the year. [4]

These No-Go areas are among the last remaining forests in our country. They are home to wildlife such as tigers, leopards and elephants, and crucial to the livelihoods of millions. [5] If mining is allowed here, we can bid good bye to all of these. We need to pick our sides for this epic match. Big ministries backed by private lobbies are siding with coal – and against the forests.

Can you show your support for the elephants and our forests?


This is the first preparatory step for our massive fight to save our forests and the communities who depend on them. The government needs to know that millions of Indians want their forests protected and declared No-Go for mining.

Instead of increasing its dependence on coal the government needs to invest in exploring renewable energy options. [6] Once destroyed, these forests will never get resurrected even with the best reforestation efforts.

Clearing forests will only hasten climate change. Coal mining not only destroys forests and displaces communities but also contaminates nearby rivers and water sources.[7] India's remaining forests and wildlife and communities must be protected from mining.

Show your support for the elephants and their forests now.


Thanks a billion!

Preethi Herman
Climate Campaigner
Greenpeace India


1. Chhattisgarh govt scraps elephant reserve plan for coal mining, The Times of India, January 16, 2011

2. 35% of India's coal mining areas are in 'no go' zones, DNA, March 27, 2010

3. Allow mining in 90% no-go zones, Hindusthan Times, October 29 2010

4. GoM will look into sensitive 'no-go' mining areas, Deccan Herald, January 13, 2011

5. Forests will rescue India, says Jairam Ramesh, new.rediff.com, August 11, 200

6. Energy Revolution, Greenpeace, March 23, 2009

Greenpeace provides an alternate energy vision for India, Greenpeace, March 24, 2009

7. Case study of Damodar river, rainwaterharvesting.com

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