Sunday, May 1, 2016

WIO's #BeatTheHeat2016 Campaign: 'An Issue A Day' with the Chief Minister of Odisha! Issue 7 - 1 May 2016

Dear Friends/Co-sailors,

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.

Today on 1st May 2016, we are raising our 7th Issue with the Chief Minister. 

While we have pasted today's poster above, please also find the text of it 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. 7 raised with the CM of Odisha on 1st May 2016

 Increase in forest fires is another indicator of failure in managing Heat Waves!
Many stretches of forests in the state are now experiencing deadly fires during summer.  Fire incidences and intensities are on an ever increasing trend since 1990 coinciding with the industrial growth of the state that has chopped off more forests, emitted more heat and sucked more water. Just in the last five years 8392 forest fire incidences have been reported by your departments! This shows that the flora and fauna inside Odisha forests are in a very vulnerable condition and depleting/dying fast.  This is also increasing further heat in the state.
Please ensure that industrialisation in the state does not destroy more forests and emit more heat.  Also, ensure that forest officials don’t engage in aiding forest fires in the name of bush cutting for Kendu Leaf operations.  Please also ensure that ample water conservation and harvesting measures are taken up inside and nearby the forests.  Empowering forest communities with skills and ‘rights to forests’ will be a great help in controlling forest fires!

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.

Thanking you,

Ranjan Panda

Convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO)
Mahanadi River Waterkeeper (Member, Global Waterkeeper Alliance)

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