Target: Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of State of India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change
Goal: Protect wildlife from roads and highways that run through reserve forests and wildlife sanctuaries.
Wildlife are experiencing devastating fatalities due to roads and highways that run through wildlife preserves and protected forests. Vehicle collisions are only part of the problem. Roads through these forests also disrupt wildlife corridors and migration patterns. We must speak up now to stop the development of more roads through these important wildlife areas.
India, a country known for being the second most populous country in the world, also is home to eight percent of the world’s known biodiversity. The Western Ghats of India is a mountainous region that has numerous parks, reserves, and wildlife sanctuaries. A variety of wildlife live in the Western Ghats, including deer, jackal, snakes, chital, gaur, and endangered species such as tiger and elephant. This area is actually home to over half of the world’s tiger population.
Sadly, nine out of 15 national highways and numerous state highways pass through the thriving wildlife habitat of the Western Ghats. Since vehicle owners increase by nearly 10 percent each year in India, there has been an excessive demand for more roads.
Although some roads in the Western Ghats are closed for nighttime traffic, this just isn’t enough. Roads can affect animal behavior by impacting migrating patterns, increasing the spread of invasive species, and increasing the risk of illegal logging, poaching, and mining. We must speak up now to stop all vehicular traffic on roads in the Western Ghats as well as act to prevent further construction of roads through this diverse place.
Dear Minister Javadekar,
Wildlife in the Western Ghats is suffering from vehicular traffic in the region. Roads run through reserve forests and wildlife sanctuaries, putting these animals in danger of a collision as well as disrupting crucial habitat.
The Western Ghats are home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, tigers, jackals, deer, gaur, and snakes. As of now, nine out of 15 national highways run through this important wildlife habitat.
Vehicular traffic and the construction of roads through wildlife habitat disrupts migrating patterns, increases the spread of invasive species, and increases the risk of illegal logging, poaching, and mining. I am urging you to take action and stop vehicular traffic and road construction in the Western Ghats. Please protect India’s precious wildlife.
[Your Name Here]
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