The Rainbow Warrior in Mumbai waters
About Greenpeace India:
Greenpeace India was founded in 2001, and is a legally registered society with offices in Chennai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Patna. Our governance structure has an Executive Board made up of notable Indian citizens, an Executive Director Dr. Ravi Chellam, and a Senior Management Team who lead a multicultural Indian team.
Greenpeace India campaigns to protect India’s forests, for clean air and water, to promote renewable energy especially solar power, to prevent the dangerous impacts of climate change and nuclear power, for safe food and ecological farming and to protect freedom of speech. We also provide tools and resources for you to plan your own campaigns on issues you care about.
Greenpeace India does not accept donations from governments or corporations, and relies on the donations of close to 60,000 Indian citizens to fund our campaign work. In addition we are supported by a national network of Indian volunteers as well as 7.5 lakh online and 19 lakh mobile activists [all figures March 2017]. As of March 2017, as part of our efforts to strongly focus our work on climate change and sustainable agriculture Greenpeace India is undergoing an important restructuring. For several years now, we have been supported by an able and committed team involved with raising public awareness on environmental issues and raising funds for the organisation. Over the years, this team has helped us inspire more than 3,00,000 individual supporters to join our mission and help us stay financially stable and independent. Under our new restructured model these critical functions are now with a partner organisation - Direct Dialogue Initiatives India Pvt. Ltd (DDII) whose mission is to raise funds ethically for environmental and social causes. As much as Greenpeace India stands to benefit from this initiative, we are hopeful that other civil society organisations will also be helped by the expertise and experience of the team in DDII.
Greenpeace India is an independent organisation registered in India, connected to a network of other Greenpeace offices in over 55 countries. We share the name and the vision of Greenpeace globally, and are guided by the same belief in non-violence, personal action, bearing witness, global solutions and financial independence. Please get involved.
Greenpeace started in 1971 with a small group of volunteers organising a music concert to raise funds to sail a boat from Vancouver to Amchitka to protest against US militarism and the testing of nuclear weapons. The tests went ahead but the protests gave birth to a new idea – Greenpeace.
44 years on each Greenpeace office decides its own campaign priorities working together to create a global framework;
- Catalysing an energy revolution to address the number one threat facing our planet: climate change. In India we actively campaign to promote solar power.
- Defending our oceans by challenging wasteful and destructive fishing, and creating a global network of marine reserves.
- Protecting the world’s ancient forests the animals, plants and people that depend on them. In India we have successfully campaigned to protect the forests of Mahan.
- Working for disarmament and peace by tackling the causes of conflict and calling for the elimination of all nuclear weapons.
- Creating a toxic free future with safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in today's products and manufacturing. In India we actively campaign to reduce dangerous air pollution and to deal with urban waste.
- Campaigning for sustainable agriculture by rejecting genetically engineered organisms, protecting biodiversity and encouraging socially responsible farming. In India we actively campaign to promote ecological farming, living soils, safe food and to reduce the use of pesticides in our food and tea.
As a global network we do not believe that environmental problems stop at national boundaries. However in India we perhaps focus more on local environmental problems than other offices. There are plenty of domestic issues that need your and our support - India’s national problems are often global in scale. We’re a big nation and we need the help of people like you more than ever - please get involved.