Target: Pranab Mukherjee, President of India
Goal: Retract permits to build more coal mines in tiger habitats and support more research for cleaner energy sources
A great conflict is brewing in India between the quest for energy and the desire to protect endangered tigers. Currently, India’s main source of power comes from coal, but mining for it leads to the destruction of essential tigers habitats, threatening to push this endangered species even closer to extinction. In order to save the tigers and also lower emissions, India must stop mining for coal and instead invest in more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy sources.
Following increases in blackouts across the country due to energy shortages, the Indian government is under extreme pressure to mine for more coal. However, the problem (aside from the destruction of numerous essential tiger habitats in Maharashtra and other parts of central India) lies in the fact that more coal mining would just be a temporary solution to the energy crisis. The only way for this issue to actually go away is to research and develop alternative energy. By doing this, the Indian government can both appease its citizens and aid the tigers.
At the end of the nineteenth century, there were approximately 100,000 tigers roaming in the wild. Now, the population of the Bengal tiger, India’s national animal, has been estimated at less than 2,000 individuals. As India’s greatest predator, the tiger’s position in the food chain and the ecosystem is essential to maintain the delicate balance of nature. It seems a shame to throw over an indispensable species for a problem that could easily be solved with a little ingenuity. Sign the petition to support a brighter future for both humans and tigers in India.
Dear Pranab Mukherjee,
In light of recent blackouts, the time has come to rethink the way that India is approaching its energy problems. It is obvious that you can’t keep pursuing coal and expect better results than the destruction of tiger habitats and a chronic energy shortage. I insist that you responsibly solve this issue by going after more renewable resources and reforming your country for the better.
As your national animal, tigers should hold a place of very high esteem in your culture. I’m sure the citizens would appreciate their conservation, especially when coupled with an attainable answer to the energy crisis. You have the power to become a leading force in green energy, and I insist that you use it.
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