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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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Fishermen left marooned - Hudhud Aftermath

Blog entry by Aishwarya Madineni | November 11, 2014

As we drove along the east coast off the Visakhapatanam main roads to reach the fishermen’s villages in Bheemilipatanam, the second town to have municipality in the country after Chennai, Srilakshmi, a community worker from the...

Activists slam Ministry of Home Affairs for targeting NGOs

Feature story | November 7, 2014 at 16:30

Civil society leaders today joined Greenpeace India to call on the Ministry of Home Affairs for targeting NGOs. Activists demanded that the government respects NGO’s right to dissent.

Letter to Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change

Publication | November 7, 2014 at 16:30

With the next round of IPCC negotiations upon us, Greenpeace would like to congratulate the government on indicating the seriousness it accords to the climate change issue by renaming the Ministry as to include 'Climate Change' and on your call...

Letter to Ministry of Home Affairs

Publication | November 7, 2014 at 16:30

We write to you concerning recent statements by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Delhi High Court (Greenpeace India Society vs Union of India, WP(C) 5749 of 2014). The MHA has stated in its affidavit dated October 9, 2014 that Greenpeace India...

Climate change washes off Hudhud in India

Blog entry by Aishwarya Madineni | November 6, 2014

On the 12 th of October 2014, the city of Visakhapatanam along with its neighbouring coastal villages in the district witnessed a climate catastrophe of an unimaginable scale . Cyclone Hudhud with wind speeds close to 220kmph...

Sustaining with solar

Blog entry by Anand Prabu Pathanjali | November 3, 2014

Sustaining with solar Environmental conservation and protection are the foundation stones of environmentalists and environmental organizations. Preaching and practicing measures that will uphold these beliefs are a day-to-day...

Why is the IPCC report vital for India?

Blog entry by Greenpeace editorial staff | November 3, 2014

Q & A with Navroz Dubash by Kaisa Kosonen, Campaigner, Climate & Energy, Greenpeace Nordic What’s in the new climate report for India? How bad is climate change by now? How bad could it get in the future? What can we do about...

Global Maize Contamination Report

Publication | October 29, 2014 at 12:18

Genetically modified crops were first commercially grown on a wide scale in 1996. But, there has always been concern about their effects on both health and the environment. A specific concern has been that once released, it would not be possible...

10 simple reasons to say No to GM Maize Field Trials

Blog entry by Manvendra Singh Inaniya | October 29, 2014

10 simple reasons to say No to GM Maize Field Trials 1. Inadequate regulatory mechanism The SBCC ( State Biotechnology Coordination Committee)  and DLC (District Level Committee) required by the law to monitor these field...

States Resist as the Centre Persists

Blog entry by Manvendra Singh Inaniya | October 29, 2014

Back in 2009, when a government tried to force Bt Brinjal on the public, voices from across the nation came out together to fight for their right to safe food and farmers’ right to seed sovereignty. The government finally accepted the...

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