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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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Blog entry by Kartikeya Singh | August 28, 2014

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Annual Report 2013

Publication | August 27, 2014 at 12:33

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Will of the Majority vs. Manipulative Strength of the Powerful Minority

Blog entry by Priya Pillai | August 21, 2014

There is a lot of hustle and bustle under the mango tree in Hardayal Singh Gond’s house. The local women are chatting in a group, and not too far away, on the large ‘dari’, the men are also in discussion. There is positivity in the air...

The Making of an Activist!

Blog entry by Devyani Kulkarni | August 21, 2014

I came to Greenpeace looking for a one month 'legal' internship, learn some new things, have some fun, get my certificate and move on with my life. Little did I know that this internship was going to change me, my life and my decisions...

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Blog entry by Naveen Mishra | August 20, 2014

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Pesticide-free farming is the future

Blog entry by Siddharth Sreenivas | August 18, 2014

"Fruits and vegetables that Delhiites consume everyday are practically unfit for human consumption," noted the Delhi High Court on March 5th, 2014. This was following the findings of the High Court appointed expert committee on the...

Inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places!

Blog entry by Sudesh Pillai | August 18, 2014

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Great victory requires great risk

Feature story | August 15, 2014 at 12:04

After spending 50 hours on a billboard, 80 feet above the ground, located on Bandra Reclamation Road, Mumbai, seven Greenpeace activists finally climbed down from the billboards a few moments after they were informed that two of the leading tea...

Delhi Finally Starts Switching On The Sun

Blog entry by Pujarini Sen | August 15, 2014

Recent news shows a move towards energy self-sufficiency: but are we on the road to energy independence and equity yet?   For 2 years now Greenpeace India has campaigned in various ways for Delhi to switch on the sun. Delhi...

How Suraj met Bijli in the land of the Buddha

Blog entry by Reema Ganguly | August 14, 2014

It was the quietude that struck me first. Far from the incessant honking of Patna vehicles, the muck, the pollution, here I found peace. It was here that I felt calm. It was here that I felt, I should have been born a 100 years ago. It...

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