May 6, 2008
Ratan Tata may have faced enough troubles in Nandigram for the proposed SEZ in that location, but environmental NGO Greenpeace is giving the industrialist sleepless nights over an upcoming port at the Dhamra estuary in Orissa, being built by the Tatas
A coalition of Indian conservationists, comprising Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), the Wildlife Society of Orissa (WSO) and Greenpeace India, has called on TATAs to reconsider their Dhamra Deepwater Port in Orissa, citing the threat it poses to endangered sea turtles and two important Protected Areas.
According to Executive Director of WPSI, Melinda Wright -
The olive ridley turtle is a species that enjoys the same legal protection as the tiger. Yet despite its ecological significance, the Dhamra area was purposely excluded from Bhitarkanika and Gahirmatha Sanctuaries to facilitate the Dhamra Port
Greenpeace launched an internet campaign a few month back encouraging netizens to email Ratan Tata and protest against the constructioon of the port. According to latest statistics, over 57,000 people have written to Ratan in the past four weeks. And now in the latest smart move by Greenpeace, the NGO has taken the help of Bollywood to spread awareness about their cause. Check out Jai, Veeru and Thakur in action below:
Bringing out the legendary characters of Sholay – a movie entrenched in the consciousness of the Indian public, might just turn out to be the best action taken by the team of Ashish Fernandes, Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace India.