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Kill bill update

On behalf of the #HeritageBeku Team and the citizens groups , we thank the Govt of Karnataka for the decision to withdraw the amendment to the Karnataka Trees Preservation Act.

The collective, collaborative energy of the people saw us gather over 65000 signatures in under a week. This was made possible with the jhatkaa.org team who partnered with us at #HeritageBeku

The #greysforgreen campaign that was inspired by the chipko andolan created a heartfelt digital response with many people standing up for Bangalore & sending in black and white images, of which our indefatigable freedom fighter Shri Doreswamy’s was the most poignant .

The powerful silent protest of citizens that went into the assembly proved that citizens are willing to be active participants in a democracy .

We worked seamlessly with ( & sincerely thank) the tweetathon from the Citizens for Bengaluru, revered presence of freedom fighter Shri Doreswamy & Project Vruksha. We would also like to acknowledge Namma Bengaluru Foundation, Citizens Action Forum and The Environment Support Group as well as media who have been relentless in their environment protection.

As we move ahead, we do hope that the elected representatives of government engage with us towards an inclusive development of Bengaluru and the State of Karnataka which does not infringe on our rights to clean air , clean water and a balanced quality of life.

These multiple campaigns that were executed in a matter of a week to a resounding response, shows us the power of what an active, vigilant citizenry can do to not only protect our cities and natural habitat, but all democracy.

On behalf of the trees and the conscious citizens of Bangalore... a heartfelt thank you.

Priya Chetty-Rajagopal

On behalf of Team #HeritageBeku

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