If environmentalists truly seek to save endangered or unique species one would think that they would conduct efforts in a similar manner to the World Wildlife Fund that fund preserving forms of nature via fundraising and voluntary exchange. Instead the majority of groups that make up the global green movement act as nothing more than moral busy bodies and NIMBYs using nature preservation, the possibility of pollution and ruining quality of life as the excuse to justify their actions.
Nowhere is this seen more than not only on the local and state level of the US with environmentalist’s opposition to fracking and pesticides. It is also evident in developing countries too. The most stark examples of environmentalists who seek to hinder development is outlined in the documentary Mine Your Own Business. In the movie filmmaker Phelim McAleer and his wife Ann show how green activists work to keep people in developing countries in poverty in order to enrich themselves.
A news report that was just published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reveals a similar situation to what is in the movie. The elements in the article are similar to what the McAleer’s film shows is going on in Romania, Madagascar and Chile. Singrauli is known as the energy capital of India and the Indian government wants to expand the country’s energy sector which would allow for power to be supplied to more Indian citizens. This, in turn, will mean expanded economic activity not just for the energy sector but for India at large. Environmentalists, on the other hand, won’t have it and are using the impact of development on Mahan forest and its effect on Singrauli locals of the Almori village, such as Jeet Bal Baiga, as a reason to block it.
As a result of Greenpeace’s success at shutting down a nearby proposed coal mine, it can negatively effect a nearby power station and aluminium smelter owned by Essar, a Indian-British joint venture. The Singrauli locals state the Mahan forest is their life source where they get their fruits and water as well as feed their livestock. Environmentalists claim that the top soil would be removed and the villagers would displaced. However, if prior experience with groups like Greenpeace, this is usually just propaganda.
From the photos I have seen, the Mahan forest is very pretty. However, the coal mine and nearby plants would be of benefit to the development of locals and India’s population as a whole. But as far as the environmentalists are concerned, the needs of Indian citizens are to be sacrificed to preserve top soil and existence of trees. Upon further investigation, the Hindustan Times reveals Singrauli residents are actually split on the issue in which some do want the development since area locals know it can help lift them out of poverty. Like the below video points out, environmentalists don’t like economic development unless it ultimately benefits them.