The Witness

Page - August 15, 2016
The Witness, is a quarterly newsletter published by Greenpeace India for all its supporters. The newsletter updates our supporters about our campaigns. Get your updates here:

Witness 1.18 Vol. 62

One year down the line, the air quality hasn’t improved much, despite efforts like ban on firecrackers,  implementation of odd-even car policy and more. Meanwhile Greenpeace came out with Airpocalypse II report  to show we are way behind in taking any meaningful step towards solving the air pollution crisis.

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Witness 4.17 Vol. 61

There has been a strategic shift towards renewables as the world realised the implications of climate change with increasing number of extreme weather events and 195 nations joined hands to forge a war against climate change through Paris protocol.

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Witness 3.17 Vol. 60

GB Shaw once said, “There is no sincerer love than the love of food,” and indeed he was true. Our actions and intentions are governed by this basic instinct of hunger and while we strive to achieve this, we have forgotten the art of eating healthy. On July 27th, Greenpeace launched its Waste to Food campaign, which directly links the waste that we produce, to the food that we consume in our day to day lives.

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Witness 2.17 Vol. 59

India has an ambitious plan to generate 100 GW solar and 75 GW wind energy by 2022, in line with its national commitments to the Paris Agreement. Achieving these targets will greatly reduce our dependence on coal-based power plants that cause significant carban emissions. Solar is currently cheaper than coal, its cost has plummeted drastically over the last few years while the prices of coal-based power have been rising.

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Witness 1.17 Vol. 58

There has been an alarming rise of air pollutants in the atmosphere, and India is among the top countries in that list. Despite calls for action and emphasis on renewable energy -pollution levels are on the rise.

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Witness 4.16 Vol. 57

Cheers to a new year and our continuing joint commitment to keep the  planet healthy and thriving. Our work to keep our food, air, water, rivers, oceans and forests safe, reached significant milestones in 2016. None of the work Greenpeace does is possible without your indispensable support.

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Witness 3.16 Vol. 56

It's been two years that the farmers in Kedia have embraced the eco-farming model and practising completely natural methods of pest control. Today, 100% of Kedia farmers have switched to sustainable, ecological pest management solutions, unhesitatingly phasing out chemical intensive farm practices.

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Witness 2.16 Vol. 55

Delhi finally got its much awaited rooftop solar policy. Greenpeace India was first to put forward a 2GW vision for Delhi, through our report Rooftop Revolution: Unleashing Delhi's Solar Potential. As predicted in out report, the initial focus will be on government, industrial and commercial sectors, though the target adopted by the Government is till the year 2025, unlike the highly achievable 2020 target put forth in our report.

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Witness 1.16 Vol. 54

Kakrapar Nuclear Plant suffered an accident in March which led to leakage of heavy water. Close to a million lives, that reside within the 30km radius of Kakrapar Nuclear Plant in Gujarat, could have been at risk had the situation not been contained.

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Witness 4.15 Vol. 53

Greenpeace India's young and clever bunch of volunteers never fail at creativity. The volunteers in Delhi took to the streets to introduce a new customer product - "Frest Airo - 100% Pure Mountain Air"

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Witness 3.15 Vol. 52

A year ago we launched our ToxiCity campaign, focused on Air Pollution in Delhi and now the media and decision makers are starting to get serious about dealing with the problem. But Air Pollution affects more than just Delhi, and so in August we went national - launching our bold new initiative to build a clean air nation - where the air is safe to breathe for everyone.

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Witness 2.15 Vol. 51

Did you hear? The much-talked-about celebrity couple, Suraj (Sun) and Bijili (Electricity), funally tied the knot and sealed their fate of love and commitment towards the environment, signifying the promise that renewable energy holds for India.

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Witness 1.15 Vol. 50

Over the course of 4 years, more than one million individuals like yourself have given their immense support and not only managed to save these precious ancient forests of India, but also ensured that people have won over powerful interests and this forest is safe for now.

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Witness 4.14 Vol. 49

Year ends are always a time of reflection. 2014 has, by and large, been a sea of high and low tides at Greenpeace India, In June 2014, following an alleged report by the Intelligence Bureau which called us anti-national and anti-development, Indian Government restricted our lawful access to the funds that we receive from our international donars. This was a direct attack on democracy and our fundamental right to free speech.

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Witness 3.14 Vol. 48

Together, we can do great things, magnificent things, Time and again, out work at Greenpeace as profoundly proven so.

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Witness 2.14 Vol. 47

Development is about transforming lives, not just the economy. We, Greenpeace India, truly believe in this, as much as we do in our values of nonviolence, bearing witness to environmental crimes and complete financial independence. Our values are an inseparable part of our work culture and our campaigns that subsequently help us in effective lobbing and to tackle authorities.

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Witness 1.14 Vol. 46

Exasperation leads to effective campaigning. This statement is true in every sense of the word. Everywhere we look around, in every sphere of our lives; be it family, society or the work place, we harbour frustrations that lead to action. As the saying goes, “there’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer”.

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Witness 4.13 Vol. 45

It’s a known fact that strength lies in numbers and we at Greenpeace take pride in our extended family across the globe. Recent events involving the arrest of the crew of one of our ships that was peacefully protecting oil drilling in the Arctic, brought us face to face with the proverbial Goliath and demonstrated that suppressing like minded, passionate people is no easy task.

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Witness 3.13 Vol. 44

How far would you go to fight for what you believe in? Would you hop on a boat, brave the treacherous seas, sail to the top of the world and confront the problem head on? For most, this would seem outlandish but for the valiant Arctic 30, this is just another day on the job! It’s been over a month since the Greenpeace ship, Arctic Sunrise, crewed with 28 brave activists, two freelance journalists and supported by millions, set sail to stop drilling for oil in the Arctic.

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Witness 2.13 Vol. 43

“What’s all the fuss about solar power and renewable energy off late?” I’m sure this question has at some point crossed your mind. At the risk of sounding repetitive, the current rate at which we’re going, there isn’t going to be much energy left in the near future. With the rampant destruction of our planet’s natural resources on an alarming rise, the time to act is now. It doesn’t take a fancy formula to deduce that we’re burning up more than we can replenish. It’s a simple case where the supply is not meeting the demand. Luckily for us though, there is a solution at hand - one that’s as old as time. The Sun.

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Witness 1.13 Vol. 42

Don't you love that feeling you get when you witness a change that you were instrumental in? It brings hope - the key ingredient that fuels our passion to pursue. This year has started off with pleasant news that acts as a reminder of the good things to come.

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Witness 4.12 Vol. 42

For some time now, we've been hearing a lot about 'climate change' and the inevitable apocalypse that awaits us. What does all this mean and are we going to be witness to it in our lifetime?

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Witness 3.12 Vol. 41

Have you noticed the relatively recent change of events taking place around us? The perpetual quest for power is revealing its dark side. The irony of it all is that we call ourselves 'modern' but yet resort to archaic means of attaining energy - clearing forests to mine for coal. Given the dismal track record, this is clearly not the solution to a growing demand. 

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Witness 2.12 Vol. 40

The recent past has indeed been a significant milestone in providing to the world that renewable energy (RE) is no longer just a theory but has the potential to make its way into the mainstream grid. This issue, the spotlight shines on Bihar. As a result of persistent campaigning and public support, Bihar is shaping up to be a model state which acts as working proof that RE is indeed the solution to a dark future. [Download the full report in PDF]


Witness 1.12 Vol. 39

In the recent past, you must have read about our Prime Minister raising the spectre of “foreign hand” which is supposedly behind protests against nuclear energy and GM food. By doing this, the Prima Minister dismissed out concerns and created a smokescreen to undermine both nuclear and food safety of 1.2 billion of us.

It’s no coincidence that the PMs statements come even as the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India bill and the rules under the Nuclear Suppliers Liability Act are due to be introduced in the Parliament. Both are seen as critical by the real foreign hand: giant American agrotech companies and the French, US and Russian nuclear industries. [Download the full report in PDF]


Witness 4.11 Vol. 38

So what is it you think when you think of Greenpeace? Are we “just another NGO” or are we determined campaigners on a mission to protect our environment?

All around us, we see rampant destruction of our planet’s natural resources to satisfy short term wants. What about the future – not only ours but that of our children and grandchildren?

As a child, I learned about India’s rich and ample resources. I’m sure you did too. Recent events have exposed what the vicious jaws of the mining industry are doing to those resources. With complete disregard for repercussions, they’re out to wreck pristine forests in Singruli. All for coal, an unsustainable and dirty energy sources. [Download the full report in PDF]


Witness 3.11 Vol. 37

Inspiring action in India and across the world! Greenpeace recently completed ten years in India and 40 years internationally. With a colourful history of victories and major milestones, Greenpeace continues to retain its core values that started it all.

‘Climate change’ – an inherent, man-made risk on a steady rise. This is one of the major problems that has to be addressed in order to re-establish the delicate balance our environment needs to survive.[Download the full report in PDF]


Witness 2.11 Vol. 36

Who is a fool? Someone who wants to destroy beautiful, life-supporting forests to mine coal – a dirty source of energy, or someone who wants to protect these forests and everything they shelter?

According to the powers that be, forest defenders are fools! What would be rather be; a foolish forest defender or a clever forest destroyer? If you chose the first option, welcome to the 30,000 strong group of people who’ve already joined our fight to protect India’s richest, densest forests from coal-mining. When India has the potential to produce 180 Gigawatts of electricity from clean and renewable sources, why wreck forests for coal?[Download the full report in PDF]


Witness 1.11 Vol. 35

The events in Japan have left us all with a sense of tragedy. Our hearts go out to the people of Japan. If there is one thing we must do as a mark of respect to their courage, it’s to double our efforts to prevent a nuclear disaster like this from happening again.

It becomes all the more important for us to support the people of Jaitapur who are opposing the building of untested nuclear plants on their earthquake-prone land. We need to keep pushing one simple choice – clean, renewable sources of energy over dirty and dangerous ones.[Download the full report in PDF]


Witness 3.10 Vol. 33

When people can raise their voices and be heard, there is still hope for democracy. In response to huge public opposition, the conterversial clauses in the nuclear liability bill were changed to make it more people-friendly. It was public opposition that stalled the BRAI bill again, keeping genetically modified food crops out of India for now.  

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Witness 2.10 Vol. 32

What do the issues of safe food and risky nuclear power have in common? A lot, as it turns out. We’ve spent a good part of the last few months fighting two proposed laws. The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) bill will create a single-window body to clear all genetically modified (GM) crops in India. The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage bill will let corporations supply risky nuclear technology to India without bearing the financial or legal burden of potential accidents.

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Witness 1.10 Vol. 31

We closed 2009 with faith that 2010 would be the year of hope. This hope came to us from the people of the world who stood up for our one and only planet. And we haven’t been disappointed. In three short months, we have been overwhelmed by the support and conviction of millions of people across the world who recognize what our planet needs. And are willing to fight for it.

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