July 11, 2008

What's Tanzania got that India doesn't?

Hi blog,

I just found out that on the banks of Lake Natron in Tanzania, the Tatas were planning a soda ash plant, which would have posed a serious threat to the survival of flamingos and the livelihoods of local communities. Now, under huge public pressure there, the Tatas have pulled the plug on this project.

But the same Tatas are still building a destructive port in Dhamra, that threatens to send the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles into extinction.

So, either flamingos are cuter and therefore more deserving of protection than the turtles are. Or then the good folk in Tanzania are better than all of us at making a corporation behave responsibly.

Whatever it is, it's got to change. We've got to stop that port. The Tanzanians have proven that public pressure works. Now it's our turn.

I've done my bit.Please click here to do yours


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