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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.

The latest updates

 

The Largest Climate March in History is Coming to a City Near You

Blog entry by Pujarini Sen | September 17, 2014

What: The largest public demonstration demanding action on climate change is just 3 days away. When: The People's Climate March will take place on the 21st of September, 2014, just two days before UN Secretary General Ban Ki...

End to the solar eclipse in Delhi?

Blog entry by Neha Khator | September 5, 2014

So Delhi’s solar eclipse is finally receding. After two years of dilly-dallying and releasing a restrictive version of net-metering guidelines last November that clearly attempted to block the sun over the national capital, the Delhi...

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...

Dharnai Becomes a Lighthouse of Energy Independence

Blog entry by Pujarini Sen | August 14, 2014

Greenpeace India receives unparalleled political praise in Bihar   In 2012 Greenpeace India published a report called “e[r] cluster: for a smart energy access”, advocating a ‘bottom up’ grid expansion through cluster based...

Nitish Kumar visits solar village of Dharnai!

Blog entry by Pujarini Sen | August 4, 2014

The small village of Dharnai was firmly in focus today, as eminent JDU leader and former Chief Minister of Bihar, NitishKumar visited the small village to witness first hand Greenpeace's decentralised renewable energy project there.

A New Dawn At Dusk

Feature story | July 31, 2014 at 16:24

Before Greenpeace India installed the solar microgrid in Dharnai it was a struggle for people to have access to energy for the basic necessities of life and livelihood -By Arvind Kumar

For Dharnai Youth, Solar Fires Up Passion, Local Pride

Blog entry by Somdatta Sengupta | July 21, 2014

Growing up in an era of darkness, Santan dared not believe that things could change for the better, until one day it finally did! By Somdatta Sengupta Dharnai, Bihar — Santan Kumar, 19, is shy, likes to keep to himself and a...

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...

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