Environmentalists begin cycle rally in W. Bengal's Jalpaiguri District

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 22, 2012 04:10 hrs

Environmentalists are taking part in a cycle rally from Jalpaiguri in West Bengal to Dehradun city in Uttarakhand to highlight the deteriorating condition of the environment.

The rally is being undertaken by the founder of the Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation (HESCO), Anil Joshi, to highlight the poor condition of India's jungles and rivers, particularly in the Himalayan region, which has affected the environment and the livelihood of people.

"This cycle rally is from Siliguri to Dehradun and will pass through eight states, 75 districts and around 1000 villages. The main aim of this rally is to make the government, country and world aware about the deteriorating condition of air, land and water resources and forests. In the last 60 years after independence, the country has developed economically in terms of real estate, infrastructure and businesses but we have lost our forests, land and water resources," said Joshi.

Eleven members are participating in the rally, including farmers, youth and women, who will formulate a report on the present condition of land, agriculture, forests and water resources. This report will then be forwarded to the government.

"We want to demand from the country that the way they calculate growth of economy, similarly there should be a way to calculate ecological measures," said Joshi.

The rally will reach Dehradun by the end of December.

The livelihood and security of 300 million people living in peninsular India, who are vulnerable to increase in main sea levels is determined by climate change and the livelihood of those people living in the forest area, where most of coal, iron ore and bauxite is also located.

Due to extensive mining, deforestation takes place, which necessarily leads to increase in global warming, which has its all effect on climate change.

So, there are multiple dimensions of India's vulnerability of climate change, which does not exist in any other country. (ANI)

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