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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

Our Big Wins

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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How we said NO to GMO!

Blog entry by Veera Chavan | December 24, 2014

It started about a month ago with a tiny idea of opposing the genetic modification of crops. The idea came from the trip to Rahuri, a small affected village on the Pune-Mumbai highway. Two members from Hou de Green, the Pune volunteer...

FCRA Receipts and Utilisation 2013 - 2014

Publication | December 22, 2014 at 16:52

Summary of Receipts and Utilisation of Foreign Contributions for the financial year 2013 - 2014 (Greenpeace India Society).

2014: The best of times, the worst of times

Blog entry by Samit Aich | December 19, 2014

2014 has been a challenging year for Greenpeace India and our country's environment. Today, we are witnessing one of the gravest challenges in our history. In June 2014, an Intelligence Bureau (IB) report , leaked to the Indian media,...

Indian Pandora's box on climate change waiting to be opened

Blog entry by Avik Roy | December 6, 2014

There are whispers in the corridor in Lima that India may announce some unprecedented decision that will change the course of the ongoing climate negotiations in the lead up to Paris agreement. Nevertheless, India is a strategic player...

The people behind the movement: What makes Greenpeace run

Blog entry by Sanchita Mahajan | December 5, 2014

In the past 597 days of my being with Greenpeace India, the following instances stand out: 1. People hanging a banner from the Essar building- to tell the world how it’s destroying India's precious forests.   2. People persistently...

Soil is the soul of agriculture

Blog entry by Ishteyaque Ahmed | December 5, 2014

Soil is the soul of agriculture. In the present chemical-based agriculture paradigm, the soil health is under great threat. Excessive use of chemical inputs has caused a huge damage to the physical and biological characters of the soil...

Costly Coal- Greenpeace Investor Briefing

Publication | December 4, 2014 at 15:42

New financial analysis based on information on Coal India obtained via the Right to Information Act calls into question fundamental assumptions regarding Coal India’s long-term financial performance and raises important questions for asset owners...

Utmost faith in corporations? You must be kidding me!

Blog entry by Nandikesh Sivalingam | December 3, 2014

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the world’s worst industrial disaster, the Bhopal gas tragedy, the deadliest in human history. The aftereffects continue to haunt the Bhopalis even after the victims’ 3rd generation has been born.

Are we looking close enough?

Blog entry by Rahul Prasad | December 3, 2014

The drafters of the constitution chose democracy as the mode of governance for India. Wisely so, because democracy has a mutual relationship with the people. The people stand by the state and the state, in turn, stands for the people.

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