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World Bank Funding Pollution In India

Please send a letter to the President of the World Bank to head off increased funding for a massively polluting industry.

The Indian state of Gujarat, birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, has launched a campaign to attract more than $12 billion dollars in investment for its massively polluting chemical industry. It is actively lobbying the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to fund an industry that is already devastating Indian communities.

Yesterday, more than 200 people, including Greenpeace activists, organized a sit-in at the Common Effluent Treatment Plant on the banks of the Damanganga River at the Vapi Industrial Estate located in Gujarat. The activists closed the discharge valves at the "treatment" plant, which in fact continues to discharge dangerous levels of poisonous heavy metals, including mercury, into the river.

Ironically, the World Bank is touting this plant as a good solution to Gujarat's pollution problems. Greenpeace believes that World Bank funding needs to be targeted to cleaning up existing environmental problems and helping the state of Gujarat develop effective environmental regulation.

Please send a letter to the World Bank President from here:

http://zope.greenpeace.org/z/gpindia/gujrat_mail_axn/net_signpetition

You can get more background information about this issue here:

http://zope.greenpeace.org/z/gpindia/storydetails?storyid=29

Kevin Jardine Greenpeace International

Kevin Jardine Greenpeace International New Media Campaigner Keizersgracht 176 1016 DW Amsterdam The Netherlands Tel: + 31 20 523 6660 Fax: + 31 20 523 6200 E-mail: kjardine@ams.greenpeace.org WWW: Help the victims of Union Carbide at http://www.greenpeaceindia.org


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