** BREAKING NEWS ON THIS STORY 22 May 2015**
Swami Shivanand has decided to give up his life because of destructive mining and development on the sacred Ganges River. He has given up both food and water in protest. We will put the film online for free until this situation is resolved.
How you can help:
Please copy this text below and email to the Chief Minister of Uttarakhrand: firstname.lastname@example.org ...and share with your friends!
Atten: Mr. Harish Rawat
Chief Minister of Uttarakhrand
Swami Shivanand, who is the head of the Matri Sadan ashram, is planning to leave his body because of your policy of mining the Ganges River in Uttarakhrand.
We are concerned that the river is under threat from irresponsible and unsustainable mining and development which could adversely affect the hundreds of millions of Indians who live downstream from Uttarakhrand. It is our understanding that the science used to justify mining the river bed is contested by unbiased and independent environmental scientists. It will also destroy wildlife corridors, affect the habitat of a vast array of animals, and destroy the delicately balanced ecosystem of islands which percolate and cleanse the water in the Haridwar area. Mining reroutes and weakens the banks of the river, creating floods which will destroy the crops from which millions of people feed.
One of the election promises of the new Prime Minister is to protect the Ganges River, as a national symbol of India, your public duty is to uphold this promise.
Swami Shivanand, a holy man, whose only interest is to protect what is venerated world wide as a sacred and holy river, is highlighting with his life the disrespect and disregard that your governance has for the Ganges.
If you want to know more about the story, go here:www.satyagrahamovie.com and watch the documentary made about Swami Shivanand and his fight to save the river.
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