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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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Say NO to COAL

Image | August 5, 2009 at 10:33

Say NO to COAL - In one of the biggest protests for renewable energy in India, Greenpeace brought together nearly 1500 people demanding the scrapping of proposed coal power plants in Alibag, Maharashtra.

Say NO to COAL

Image | August 5, 2009 at 10:33

Say NO to COAL - In one of the biggest protests for renewable energy in India, Greenpeace brought together nearly 1500 people demanding the scrapping of proposed coal power plants in Alibag, Maharashtra.

Over 1000 residents from villages in the

Image | July 30, 2009 at 15:54

Over 1000 residents from villages in the Alibag taluka in Maharashtra gather to take part in a giant human art formation of a windmill, to voice their opposition to coal fired power plants planned in the region. The Maharashtra government is...

Over 1000 residents from villages in the

Image | July 30, 2009 at 15:54

Over 1000 residents from villages in the Alibag taluka in Maharashtra gather to take part in a giant human art formation of a windmill, to voice their opposition to coal fired power plants planned in the region. The Maharashtra government is...

Over 1000 residents from villages in the

Image | July 30, 2009 at 15:54

Over 1000 residents from villages in the Alibag taluka in Maharashtra gather to take part in a giant human art formation of a windmill, to voice their opposition to coal fired power plants planned in the region. The Maharashtra government is...

Mumbai kids to Hillary “SOS - Stop Climate Change”

Feature story | July 18, 2009 at 3:30

MUMBAI, India — Children from the Bal Jivan Trust, who were visiting the Greenpeace Climate Rescue Station on Carter Road today, had a message for Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, United States of America, asking that the world’s biggest...

Climate Change = Water Crisis

Feature story | July 17, 2009 at 3:30

DELHI, India — 25 Greenpeace activists queued up outside the Reserve Bank of India to deposit 100’s of pots of water for safe keeping to highlight the issue of the growing water crisis fuelled by climate change. The activists unfurled a banner...

The 'Green Idol' ballot box containing signed

Image | June 24, 2009 at 18:20

The 'Green Idol' ballot box containing signed petitions urging for a Renewable Energy Law[Mumbai]. The petitions will be forwarded to the MPs of the respective constituencies.

The 'Green Idol' ballot box containing signed

Image | June 24, 2009 at 18:20

The 'Green Idol' ballot box containing signed petitions urging for a Renewable Energy Law[Mumbai]. The petitions will be forwarded to the MPs of the respective constituencies.

The 'Green Idol' ballot box containing signed

Image | June 24, 2009 at 18:20

The 'Green Idol' ballot box containing signed petitions urging for a Renewable Energy Law[Mumbai]. The petitions will be forwarded to the MPs of the respective constituencies.

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