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Technology needs a green vision

Feature story | November 18, 2010 at 14:01

I recently bought a Smartphone and was thinking of how these new-era communication devices have helped us keep a track of information on our fingertips. Being an environmentalist, I was thinking of the contribution this industry has made towards...

Closing march of the Urja Kranti Kendra

Blog entry by Grace Boyle | November 4, 2010

Patna doesn't have much in the way of social spaces. Its efforts are pretty much encapsulated in the Gandhi Maidan, a wide square of scrubby grass in the centre of town, and people flock to it.    The evening scene there on Friday...

600 people arrested for opposing nuclear plant, hundreds more voluntarily risk jail

Blog entry by Karuna Raina | October 29, 2010

World's largest nuclear park is planned in Jaitapur, in Ratnagiri district on the coast of southern Maharashtra. The park would comprise up to six large nuclear reactors bought from the French nuclear giant- Areva. In addition to the...

Renewable way forward for Bihar

Blog entry by Grace Boyle | October 29, 2010

Everyone in Bihar knows the electricity problems of the state.  It’s got a massive, yawning deficit, but not the coal reserves to plug it.  Yet, somehow, the issue of energy is often overlooked in the shadows of other developmental...

Yatra reaches Chhapra

Blog entry by Shiva Sharma | October 29, 2010

The yatra team reached its second last destination-Chhapra, a land famous for the special ghee loaded dish, Litti chokha. The event was attended by women from local NGO groups. A lot of people working in the development sector also...

Bihar sees the light of renewable energy

Blog entry by Grace Boyle | October 28, 2010

It’s been nearly a year since the Greenpeace campaign for decentralised renewable energy in Bihar began, and it’s seen a multitude of forms: press conferences, network events, informal meetings with political parties, reports. It came...

Renewable energy message reaches Bodhgaya and Hajipur

Blog entry by Shiva Sharma | October 28, 2010

The sky lanterns had already set the mood for the yatra in Bodhgaya. Now it was time to enact our street play and tell people about it. The theatre yatris set out with their dholak (Indian drum) and dhapli (tambourine), singing...

Double standards in environment ministry

Feature story | October 18, 2010 at 11:13

“I have taken this decision in a purely legal approach, that these laws are being violated.” - Jairam Ramesh, Minister for Environment & Forests on the Vedanta decision, August 24, 2010.

Yatra part one ends at Nitish Kumar’s village

Blog entry by Shiva Sharma | October 15, 2010

After the Bhagalpur event got over, the yatra bus reached Thatha panchayat, Khagariya for malyarpan. Here we found a group of aware individuals especially women, some of whom worked for an NGO called Navjagriti. This organisation works...

Same story, new act for Bhagalpur

Blog entry by Shiva Sharma | October 15, 2010

Bhagalpur, famous for its silk sarees was our next stop. Unfortunately, the famous silk industry is suffering due to the power shortage in the village. The workers and weavers of the industries have taken up other jobs to earn a basic...

Araria pledges support to renewable energy

Blog entry by Shiva Sharma | October 12, 2010

Araria was the next stop for the Greenpeace yatris. Tired from the long and bumpy bus journey we decided to take a small break at Purnia before we reached Araria. The sort of welcome that was given to us at Purnia showed the kindness...

Destination Madhubani

Blog entry by Shiva Sharma | October 12, 2010

Our next stop was the city of fishes-Madhubani. Amazing scenic beauty welcomed us and the greenery soothed our eyes. The land famous for its paintings is at present suffering from severe power shortage. Artists here, find it difficult...

Kanti village joins the kranti

Blog entry by Shiva Sharma | October 12, 2010

A lot many times we have heard and seen that the biggest setbacks come with the greatest discoveries. Energy produced by thermal power plants is one such discovery. Kanti village in Bihar, has been adversely affected by the ash...

Litchi land welcomes the yatris

Blog entry by Shiva Sharma | October 8, 2010

After the adventurous beginning of the yatra (journey) from Champaran, the yatris (travellers) set off for their new destination into the land of litchis. Muzaffarpur, a land famous for the sweetness of its litchi, is the largest city...

Yatra kicks off from Bhitiharwa

Blog entry by Shashwat Raj | October 8, 2010

An appropriate occasion, an appropriate location and a noble cause, Greepneace’s Urja Kranti Yatra was flagged off on Gandhi Jayanti from the Gandhi Ashram in Bhitiharwa. The yatra which will travel across 10 districts of Bihar is...

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