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Nuclear energy is unsafe

Greenpeace opposes nuclear power because it poses unacceptable risks to people and the environment. Nuclear power plants cost millions, are unsustainable, and take decades to build. India must recognise this, and build its energy future on renewable sources and energy efficiency.

The truth about nuclear power

Many myths surround nuclear energy. That it will provide energy security; that it provides a solution to climate change;that it is affordable; that it heralds a new age of energy generation that will plug India’s energy deficit. All of these are false. Most crucially, the notion that it is safe is also false.

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Damage at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant In Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. The damage was caused by an offshore earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred on 11 March 2011.  © DigitalGlobe

Nuclear energy is an extortionately expensive and unacceptably risky method of power generation.  All power plants are vulnerable to human error, natural disasters and design failure.  The difference with nuclear is that the risk of an accident carries with it terrible and long-lasting consequences, which are vastly disproportionate to the power generated.  Apart from the risk of accidents, each power plant also creates a legacy of radioactive waste that will remain harmful for hundreds – and sometimes thousands - of years.  There is still no proper solution for the storage of this waste.

Power and electricity are services, intended to improve people’s lives. They are not tools to endanger lives or compromise health, as they become through nuclear power generation.

In India, the risks of nuclear power are made greater by the secrecy that shrouds the industry, and the unwillingness of authorities to heed citizens’ concerns. Greenpeace calls for a complete and transparent safety review of existing and proposed nuclear plants in India, and a review of India’s nuclear ambition with a refocus to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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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.

Gunjan Devi: “This light has been our liberation!”

Blog entry by Somdatta Sengupta | July 18, 2014

Women can move around without fear and socialise after dark since the solar-powered microgrid has started operation in the village Dharnai, Bihar — It was a moment to remember. The local panchayat bhavan was buzzing with...

Lights! Dharnai! Action!

Blog entry by Somdatta Sengupta | July 18, 2014

After sunset, the stage is set for all Dharnai folks to come together for a chat, friendly banter or neighbourly meet-up Dharnai, Bihar — Times are changing. No longer do women in Dharnai rush to get dinner ready before dark. No...

Quality Defines Success in Dharnai

Blog entry by Anand Prabu Pathanjali | July 16, 2014

The success of a microgrid largely depends on the quality of components used right from the generation, transmission and storage. For example, in the microgird installed at Dharnai, we have used a grade A solar panel with the...

Dharnai Live Microgrid Media Manual

Publication | July 15, 2014 at 13:54

Greenpeace's energy access campaign in Bihar. A detailed manual consisting of all the information on the decentralised solar microgrid installed by Greenpeace India in Dharnai revenue village, Jehanabad district, Bihar

Dharnai Live Briefing Paper

Publication | July 12, 2014 at 12:15

Enabling energy access through smart microgrids based on renewable energy technologies in the state of Bihar, India

Dharnai: Going LIVE on July 20

Feature story | July 10, 2014 at 17:15

Several decades have passed since India became an independent country, but several million of its citizens still live in darkness. The centralised grid system has failed to live up to the hopes and aspirations of the people, with those in rural...

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