Cutting carbon emissions

Coal fired power plants are the biggest source of manmade CO2 emissions. This makes coal energy the single greatest threat our climate faces. In India up to 40 percent of our current CO2 emissions comes from coal fired power stations.

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, including widespread drought, flooding and massive population displacement caused by rising sea levels, we need to keep global temperature rise below 2ºC (compared to pre-industrial levels). To do this, global greenhouse gases emission must peak by 2015 and go down to zero from there.

India is the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide after China and the US. Its emissions are expected to have significant growth over the next 20 years or so. Our emissions come from various activities but the largest share is from the electricity sector because of the way we produce most of our electricity today.

Coal based power plants produce 70 percent of our electricity needs and 40 percent of our total carbon dioxide emissions. If we want to play a significant, responsible role in tackling climate change, we must lead the way by reducing our dependence on coal and finding newer, cleaner ways to produce electricity.

Campaign story:

Our coal campaign highlights the impacts of coal in our energy mix, on the people and environment. We have an opportunity to build the energy infrastructure of the future and must seize it.

There is a huge surge in coal mining and the number of coal fired power plants in the guise of meeting electricity demands and development for the country. However coal cannot deliver India’s growth and development aspirations beyond a few years. It is neither a secure nor a sustainable energy option.

In fact it is a risky investment for the industries and the government. The campaign will demonstrate that supply of coal is severely limited by social and economical factors, making it a dead investment in the medium and long term. The campaign will also make the case that going down the coal route will be costly for India’s global image and long term development interests.

Limited coal:

A lot of our coal is found under the few remaining heavily forested areas of our country or where there are a large number of people living. To get to the coal we must either cut down the forests and/or displace large numbers of people from these regions. When people are displaced, they need to be rehabilitated to similar places where they can rebuild their lives. Given that land is not easy to come by we will not be able to provide people replacements for what they are expected to lose.

So while we theoretically have a lot of coal, there are unacceptable things that may be done to actually be able to use it. Therefore, we must stop looking at coal as an option and start by reducing our dependence on it beginning right now.

We will investigate and publicise the true cost of coal and urge people and policy makers to make the right choices.

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Mural 3

Image | October 13, 2005 at 12:37

Mural 3

Mural 2

Image | October 13, 2005 at 12:35

Mural 2

The mural begins at Chitra Kala Parishad!

Image | October 13, 2005 at 12:27

The mural begins at Chitra Kala Parishad!

The artists at work on day 2 of the ongoing

Image | October 13, 2005 at 3:30

The artists at work on day 2 of the ongoing mural work.

Jaguars roar into action

Feature story | September 5, 2005 at 15:45

SALTA PROVINCE, Argentina — In Argentina precious forest is being bulldozed at a rate of a soccer pitch area every three minutes - all for soya crops to feed pigs and chickens in Europe and China. We are out to stop this destruction with the...

Enormous climate fig leaf

Feature story | August 17, 2005 at 17:20

Top climate bad guys, the US and Australian governments, have unveiled their own shiny new pact to allegedly save the climate. Our climate guru Stephanie Tunmore exposes the announcement for what it really is.

a fishing community at balabhadrapur

Image | August 17, 2005 at 14:39

a fishing community at balabhadrapur, around the chillika lake. One of the first villages visited by the Solar Generation, they were heartily greeted by the community people. The people are distressed by the symptoms of climate change and...

The Day After Tomorrow. Showing Across Orissa Today.

Feature story | August 17, 2005 at 3:30

BHUBANESHWAR, India — When six members of the Greenpeace SolarGeneration team went to Orissa last month, they created history of sorts. This was probably the world's youngest climate change fact-finding team, bearing witness to one of the most...

In the activity that lasted for over 2 and

Image | June 7, 2005 at 17:04

In the activity that lasted for over 2 and a half hours, Greenpeace activists along with musicians - Room 207 (anurag, anupam, jeet, pheoba, megha); Local Vocals ('dj' Divya, Robbie, sanjith, mark, anand); Manuj; Naveen-Sherin and Nisha conveyed...

The renewable energy truck

Image | June 7, 2005 at 16:34

The renewable energy truck

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