Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Working for Environmental Justice

India has been a dumping ground for all developed countries over the past two decades. Now with a booming economy, an equal amount of waste is being produced domestically. All this waste is polluting the environment and posing a health risk to millions of citizens in India. Besides India is among the top 5 countries for CO2 emissions. Keeping in mind all these environmental risks, it is our general expectation that this issue would be on top of the Indian government's agenda. In the process of finding out the Indian government's stance on this issues, I came across a website which is run by a group of people who have taken it upon themselves to fight for a non toxic environment(http://www.toxicslink.org/)

“We are a group of people working together for environmental justice and freedom from toxics. We have taken it upon ourselves to collect and share information about the sources and dangers of poisons in our environment and bodies, as well as about clean and sustainable alternatives for India and the rest of the world.”

Some of the key features of this website are
After reviewing information and press releases from this website it is evident that the Indian government is not addressing the issue of toxic waste in the environment effectively. But the website does a great job in explaining the issues and the fight of the common man to address this issue. Someone has wisely said that "China grows because of the government and India grows inspite of it ". This is an excellent example of a group of people coming together because the government is not doing enough to bring about a change.

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