Friday, September 27, 2013

Letter of Deep Concern About Grave Threats To Sundarbans from Rampal power plant

Below is a sample letter to copy and send to stop the Rampal coal powered plant. You can also sign the petition here

Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Old Sangsad Bhaban
Tejgaon, Dhaka- 1215
September 24, 2013
Cc: Dr. Hasan Mahmud, Honorable Minister of the Environment & Forests:
Dr. Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury, BB , Honorable Advisor to the PM:

Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh,
Please cancel the construction of the Rampal power plant. This is truly “a project of deception and mass destruction.”
I have seen the news reports that thousands of concerned people, young and old, women and men, are now preparing for more than 400 km 5 days long march from Dhaka, your capital city, to Digraj a place in Rampal. Organised by the ‘National Committee to Protect Oil Gas Mineral Resources Port and Power’, the main demand for this long march is to cancel ‘Rampal coal fired power plant’ and stop all activities that would destroy the Sundarbans.

 Sundarbans means “the beautiful forests,” and it surely lives up to its name in both benefits and productivity. Not only beautiful in all senses, it is extraordinarily rich in biodiversity and productivity. The Sundarbans is also the single largest mangrove forest in the world. UNESCO has declared it a world heritage site. The Sundarbans has also been a huge natural safeguard against frequent cyclone, storm and other natural disasters in the country. In every natural disaster, the Sundarbans saves lives of hundreds of thousands of people, while nurturing a rich coastal ecosystem. Also, the Sundarbans is vital for all of us on this planet to help counter climate change.
Yet, the Sundarbans is now threatened by the attempt to build the coal fired power plant in Rampal, which is the larger Sundarban area. This proposed Rampal Coal Power Project is a highly contested joint venture project by the Indian state owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Bangladesh state owned Power Development Board (PDB).
I wish to state my strong support for the people of Bangladesh who have demanded cancellation of the government decision to set up the Rampal Power Plant close to the Sundarbans.
 Please take immediate action to halt this project and protect the Sundarbans!

For the Mangroves And the Mangrove Communities!
Alfredo Quarto,
Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project

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