Saturday, April 30, 2016
WIO's #BeatTheHeat2016 Campaign: 'An Issue A Day' with the Chief Minister of Odisha! Issue 6 - 30 April 2016
Greetings from Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO) !
As you are aware, we at WIO have just initiated a citizen's voluntary campaign #BeatTheHeat2016 to spread awareness and action to mitigate heat wave, climate change and related environmental crises in the state of Odisha this summer.
As part of this campaign, starting 18th April, we have started a Poster Drive to 'Raise An Issue A Day' with the Chief Minister of Odisha urging upon him to take notice of the vital issues and take action.
Our last tweet to the CM was on Earth Day 22nd April. Then there was a week long gap because all of us got engaged in field activities and other programmes.
Today on 30th April 2016, we are raising our 6th Issue with the Chief Minister.
While we are attaching today's poster with this email for your reference and doing the needful, please also find the same pasted below:
We sincerely need your kind support in making this drive successful for benefit of the common people suffering from Heat Wave and related disasters. Hope you shall actively participate in this campaign.
Issue No. 6 raised with the CM of Odisha on 30th April 2016
Land Degradation and Forest Loss in the State have complemented and aggravated each other!
Earlier we had informed you that the state’s degraded land increased from 10 per cent in 1991-92 to nearly 17.5 per cent in 2004-2005. In the last one decade, it has increased to almost about 30 per cent of the total geographical land of the state. This includes a huge loss of forest to the tune of about 5 per cent of state’s total geographical land. The compensatory afforestation percentage has been pathetically low at about 12 per cent of the total forest diverted for other pusposes!
Please ensure that the dense forest cover of the state is increased; no more forest is destroyed mindlessly for so called development programmes; and compensate all forests that have been lost so far with plantation and protection of natural species suitable for local ecological conditions.
We have already twitted this to the CM.
You may also like to retweet it from our twitter handles @ranjanpanda and @MahanadiRiver. In that case, please don't forget to tag @CMO_Odisha and use the hashtag @BeatTheHeat2016
In this campaign, we are asking all concerned citizens of Odisha to send in the issues/questions they feel are vital to be raised with the CM. Our Campaign Coordination Committee will decide on relevant issues and then send in one poster a day to the CM for the coming few weeks.
As always, we look forward to your support in this as well.
Convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO)
Mahanadi River Waterkeeper (Member, Global Waterkeeper Alliance)