The Aravallis, the oldest mountain range in India, are the lush green hills in Southern Haryana, bordering Delhi. Yet, amongst all the States, Haryana has the second lowest forest cover. Surprisingly, the Haryana government thinks that the Aravallis are ‘not forest’. It has ‘privatised’ the Aravalli common lands through dubious processes. Builders are getting ready to tear down the very trees that help us breathe clean air, recharge our drinking water supply and support the rich ecosystem of the area. Over 20 million trees could soon be lost! If we don’t act now we face serious repercussions - like water scarcity, increase in pollution and loss of habitat for wildlife. There are hardly any green patches left in Haryana. If the government keeps selling off forest land, future generations won’t even know what a real forest looks like. Shockingly, there are no National Parks and Sanctuaries in the Haryana Aravallis. Even Mangar Bani, a locally protected Sacred Grove, is not considered forest land by the State government, nor has it been declared a protected area. This is despite the Supreme Court ordering the protection of the Aravalli Hills at any cost. The government thinks that people don’t care about the loss of green forests. They think that they can fool us by selling our forest land to developers, ministers, IAS officers and powerful locals. If enough of us sign, we will send a loud and clear message to the Haryana government that we will not let them tear down this beautiful forest. Sign our petition asking the Haryana government to protect the Aravalli Hills and forests by recognising them as deemed forests - https://goo.gl/UKMTtb. If you want to help with our initiative please send your contact details and area of expertise to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Protect Aravalli Team.’