Stories from Program: Environmental Justice

May 9, 2018

“A Victory of the Common Man”: Farming Community in India Takes on Polluting Company

by Namati in

For over two years the village of Bogribeil was cloaked in a thick cloud of dust. A private company had set up a stone crushing operation on the edge of the small farming community in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, India. The dust threatened the villagers’ health and impacted their livelihoods, polluting the water in…

May 9, 2018

Desperate to Leave: Foinda Community Takes Action Against Mining Company

by Namati in ,

“Our situation has worsened, our only water source is destroyed, and our farm lands have been turned into a mining field. We cannot sleep due to heavy noise and vibrations. Our roads have been diverted. …Our livelihood is threatened by the operations of Sierra Rutile mining company.” — Mr. Massaquoi, 52, Foinda community.  Foinda is a…

March 17, 2017

Sand Mining Sinkholes in Kagal

by Debayan Gupta in

Durgi Naik is a 58 year old woman who lives alone and does household work in Kagal, a small fishing village in Northern Karnataka. Vinod Patgar, an Enviro-Legal Coordinator (ELC) with the CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program, also hails from this village. His work as an ELC has made him the go-to man for his fellow…

February 28, 2017

Gujarat villagers act to stop a company’s mishandling of coal and cement

by Namati in

For years, the improper handling of coal and cement at the jetty of a prominent company polluted the air near the Muldwakarka Port in Gujarat, India. Villagers worried that the dust posed health risks and farmers complained that it damaged their crops and fields. The newly appointed Sarpanch (Village Head) of Muldwarka felt compelled to…

December 4, 2016

One Fisherman’s Fight for Environmental Justice

by Namati in

Shakir Ahmad Bloch lives and works on the Jamnagar coast in the Gujarat state of India. Fishing is how he and many thousands of others in the state provide for their families. But what was once a secure livelihood is now one that is regularly in jeopardy. The area has seen a significant influx in the…

May 15, 2015

Along Our Western Shores

by Namati in

AGHANASHINI, KARNATAKA The Aghanashini River is one of the last entirely free-flowing rivers in the World. Near the coast, the estuary’s beautiful and ecologically rich environment supports the livelihoods of local communities who fish, harvest clams and oysters, and depend on its precious ecosystem in myriad ways. This coast supports a rich variety of wildlife…

November 1, 2014

Meet Manisha

by Meenakshi Kapoor in

Fighting for the Fisherfolk Manisha Goswami, 32, is a young mother with a 12-year old daughter and a six-year old son. She is always bursting with energy, which extends not just to rearing her children but to the causes she feels most strongly about – the environment. As you will see, she needs her energy…

November 1, 2014

Among the Acronyms and Artisans

by Meenakshi Kapoor in

“Sister, the natural shape of this piece of land, the usual direction in which the wind blows here and the magnitude with which the waves hit the coast, everything together makes up for an ideal boat-mooring spot!” So says Shakir Bhai a resident of Okha Port in the Jamnagar District of the Indian state of…