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----- Original Message -----
From: "Ecological Internet" <[log in to unmask]>
To: "Betty Levene" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, August 06, 2010 7:25 PM
Subject: FOREST ALERT UPDATE: India's Dongria Kondh Tribal Way of Life
Threatened by British Vedanta Mining - Let's Build on Initial Success
> ACTION ALERT PLEASE SHARE WIDELY!
> UPDATE: India's Dongria Kondh Tribal Way of Life Threatened by British
> Vedanta Mining - Let's Build on Initial Success
> By Forests.org - Forest Protection Portal http://forests.org/
> a project of Ecological Internet
> August 6,, 2010
> Vedanta Resources, a British mining company, is set to destroy the
> forests, wildlife and way of life of the Dongria Kondh people. A new
> protest email has been added which is going to Indian government officials
> in support of local demands. Please take part in this new protest target.
> Also, our action to date has caused HSBC and WestLB banks to publicly
> distance themselves from Vedanta and Niyamgiri mining, an early success.
> This is reflected in the updated 2nd email to send. Please send both! EI
> is doing this alert in close consultation with local communities through
> John Seed and Rainforest Information Centre, Australia.
> TAKE ACTION HERE NOW:
> The Dongria Kondh are an indigenous tribe who have lived since time
> immemorial around the mountain Niyamgiri in the Indian state of Orissa.
> Because they revere this mountain as their god, it has not thus far
> suffered the deforestation and degradation experienced by similar areas in
> that part of the world but contains an elephant reserve with Sambar,
> Leopard, Tiger, Barking Deer, various species of birds and other
> endangered species of wildlife. However now Vedanta Resources, a British
> mining company, is set to destroy the forests, wildlife and way of life of
> the Dongria Kondh people. These local peoples have been vociferously and
> bravely protesting for years.
> MORE INFORMATION AND TAKE ACTION NOW:
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