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"Greenpeace in India backed by lakhs of supporters from across the country will keep using peaceful confrontation to expose environmental problems, hold polluters and those who violate our laws across the world to account and ensure that as India develops, it does so without destroying what we love best about it. We can’t do it without you. Because you give Greenpeace a lot of strength and support so it can continue to do it's work.
As an organisation, all we want to do is make sure that our beautiful country is fit to live in for our children and their children. We might appear to be a pain in the neck but we won’t stop speaking up for those who don’t have a voice. That’s because we act based on our values. And one of our values is that if we see something wrong, we don’t cross the road and ignore it, we do something about it. We just can’t help it, its part of our DNA." - Samit Aich, Greenpeace India, Executive Director

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The nuclear liability bill was passed in 2010 following Greenpeace’s campaign. The revised bill enforces complete supplier liability ensuring a tragedy along the likes of Bhopal doesn’t recur.

A strong Nuclear liability law has been achieved by coming together of people on the ground and different civil society groups. This means that the foreign companies wont be shielded if any n- disaster happens because of their fault or their faulty equipment. Taking our lesson from Bhopal, where the supplier didint take any responsibility after the accident, we ensured that the nuclear supplier in India is held liable for their product. In absence of this law it was possible that if a Bhopal like tragedy happened then it would be the Indian government who would have to pay the compensation, whereas the foreign partner would have walked free.

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Greenpeace was invited by the Finance Ministry in 2011 to a pre-budget consultation following our “Living Soils” campaign that highlighted the impacts of soil degradation on food security.

As part of our "Living Soils" campaign, we have worked with our supporters, allies, experts and the government to highlight the impacts of soil degradation on food security and secure support for ecological fertilization and sustainable farming under the flagship programmes of the Government such as the Mahathma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme (MGNREGS) and the National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA).

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Greenpeace worked with government agencies and companies like HCL, Wipro, Dell, HP, and Apple to help formulate the e-waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2011 that prevents e-waste dumping by developed countries in India.

India had long been a destination for the dumping of e-waste from developed countries but also had a rapidly growing domestic electronics industry which added to the e-waste. We worked with companies like HCL, Wipro, Dell, HP, Apple etc and the government agencies to help formulate the e-waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2011 which helps in curbing this practice.

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Greenpeace India ran ‘Ban the Bulb’ campaign, calling for a phasing out of inefficient light bulbs which would then help in big saving of electricity both to the consumer and the producer.

Over 250,000 people helped the campaign and this definitely had a impact on the introduction of Bachat Lamp Yojana.

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People Speak

I have seen the intelligence report on foreign-funded NGOs and its sweeping observations on the adverse impact of their activities on the country's progress.I uphold the premise that NGO's receiving donations, either foreign or domestic, including the political parties of the country, should comply with the law of the land, especially the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and should, in no way, compromise the national interest. If some NGOs and political parties are guilty of this, they should be proceeded against. I wish that the intelligence agencies had also looked into the illegal donations accepted by some major political parties for quid pro quos and the impact of the same on the country's natural resources and its democratic processes.

An important attribute of a functioning democracy is the opportunity that it provides to its civil society to express its views freely and without any fear. Counter-view and debate are the essence of any healthy democratic process. When we start scoffing at these essential attributes of a democracy, we will erode its credibility and strength. Those who rule us are themselves the products of a democratic system and, therefore, I hope that they will do everything to uphold the civil society's right to express its views.

E. A. S SHARMA, Former Power Secretary

This is an attack on civil society. A strong democracy is one that celebrates activism and provides space for freedom of expressions and opinion.

 

SHYAM BENEGAL, Director & Screenwriter

We need an independent voice to stand up for the rights of communities , the poorest of poor , animals that have no voice and the environment at large. As citizens we have the freedom to express our opinions.

 

MAHESH BHATT, Director, Producer & Screenwriter

No report can discredit the selfless work and passion you [Greenpeace] invest in the security of our future, our India.

 

DIA MIRZA, Actress

Greenpeace has fought many causes around the world and is not allied to any government or corporate house. This is an attempt to silence voices that do not toe the line of the government and to promote the interests of transnational corporations.

 

MALLIKA SARABHAI, Dancer, Chorepgrapher & Social Activist
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Dharnai – The (Sun)light at the end of the Tunnel !

Blog entry by Rahul Prasad | July 24, 2014

We all have been hearing about the solar micro-grid in Dharnai, Bihar, which will provide electricity access to the village deprived of power, for the last 30 years or so. It gives a sense of fulfilment and great accomplishment to us,...

The People of Mahan Have Prevailed

Feature story | July 23, 2014 at 17:27

The oft-repeated quote by Mahatma Gandhi, "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win," is extraordinarily apt for the heartening news for people's power in Mahan.

Is This What Development Is?

Blog entry by Ardhra Karayil, Ajay Arockiadass & Rizwan Zubair | July 21, 2014

The controversial IB Report that demonizes many NGOs and targets Greenpeace India has been in the news a lot. It is clear to us that the report is biased and totally misleading. Having worked with Greenpeace on various issues including...

For Dharnai Youth, Solar Fires Up Passion, Local Pride

Blog entry by Somdatta Sengupta | July 21, 2014

Growing up in an era of darkness, Santan dared not believe that things could change for the better, until one day it finally did! By Somdatta Sengupta Dharnai, Bihar — Santan Kumar, 19, is shy, likes to keep to himself and a...

The Power of One

Blog entry by Somdatta Sengupta | July 21, 2014

It is not easy to believe that change is possible or change is good without conviction and a vision for the future By Somdatta Sengupta Bishunpur Tolla, Dharnai, Bihar — During the day, he is busy managing his business. At...

From Womb to Tomb: Can Microgrid Alter the Fate of Women in Rural India?

Blog entry by Neha Khator | July 21, 2014

Women in Dharnai, like Soni Devi, struggle every day to fulfill basic necessities of food, water and fuel, often risking their health and saf ety By Neha Khator Dharnai, Bihar — Till back in November last year, meeting...

Power from the Sun: A new life for Dharnai, India

Blog entry by Neha Khator and Ruhie Kumar | July 20, 2014

In this world where we seem surrounded by news of gloom and doom, we don't often hear stories of positive change. But here is one: a story of a village that has unshackled itself from darkness, after 30 years of having its energy...

Dharnai Goes LIVE Powered by Greenpeace’s First Solar Microgrid

Feature story | July 20, 2014 at 11:00

The miracle wasn’t caused by any divine intervention but by the sheer determination of Greenpeace India and the residents of Dharnai who came together to make the impossible happen.

The Blame Game Over The Power Crisis

Blog entry by Nandikesh Sivalingam | July 19, 2014

It's that time of the year again- when the buck gets passed! Every summer when the power crisis hits hard, the whole rigmarole begins with the power companies blaming coal mining companies for fuel scarcity, mining companies blaming...

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