Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Is Greenpeace backed up by Science or by Emotion?

It seems that Greenpeace and other environmental organizations have a habit making unscientific demands without any scientific datas and inputs. This is clear from the position with regard to Dhamra Port. These organizations who claim themselves to work for environmental protection work more on emotional basis rather than on clear scientific reasoning and logic. On the request of Dhamra Port Company Ltd (DPCL), L&T and Tata Steel, two of them namely BNHS and WWF initially agreed to do further environmental studies on Dhamra port way back in 2005, but withdrew in the last minute. Due to the delaying tactics by the said organization the construction of Dhamra port was stopped for them for the period from Nov 2005 to March 2006. But inspite of the stoppage of the work at Dhamra, both BNHS and WWF withdrew from making further environmental studies on Dhamra Port.

Similarly after discussions between both the environmental NGOs and Dhamra Port developers, additional study was agreed upon in Dec 2008 to assess Biological Impact by Dhamra Port. The study was supposed to be conducted by mutually agreed upon scientists. The promoters agreed upon for further studies inspite of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – the world’s most renowned scientific organisation being already involved in the study in Dhamra since last 2 years.

But similar to last time ( that in 2005), these organizations led by Greenpeace once again demanded to stop construction of Dhamra Port immediately in February 2009. This demand has no scientific back-up or inputs and was purely made on emotional basis and it does not have scientific recommendation. However DPCL, Tata Steel and L&T team showed it preparedness to adjust the schedule of works including dredging to facilitate the study after due recommendation by the Scientists team.

It may be noted that IUCN and the MTSG (Marine Turtle Scientific Group) scientists working with the group have clearly stated that dredging operations for Dhamra does not and will not affect the Olive Ridley Turtles in Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary and its periphery area.

1 comment:

  1. Hi!

    I strongly agree to the point that Environmental clearance has been given by the government and after closely observing the actions used by Greenpeace, I feel something fishy about this NGO organization.

    1. When there is a distance of about 25 Kms. there shouldn't be any harm for the mating of turtles. Then what is the problem with Greenpeace?

    2. Is this so called "Globally recognized NGO" trying to stop the developments of the Orissa state?

    3. Does it have something to do with the competitors of TATA?

    4. Are they trying to be in media all the time and grab attention of public and other businessmen? or

    5. Through this issue, do they have something to do with the politicians or the Government?

    There are many such questions rolling around my mind but, there is one basic truth existing. If Greenpeace succeeds in stopping the port construction, the local people of the Orissa are the losers. They have been dreaming about earning some good money and living good life if the port comes into existence. I wish may their dreams come true and let Orissa cherish with prosperity saving turtles causing no harm to them.