Today, Greenpeace India activists scaled a 76 metre (250ft) smokestack spewing carbon dioxide at the Kolaghat coal fired power station, to paint the message "SMOKING KILLS". No, we're not talking about cigarettes - we're pointing the finger at one of the biggest causes of climate change - coal. [UPDATED]
Greenpeace painted "Smoking Kills" on the smoke stacks of the Kolaghat Thermal Power Station.
"The addiction to coal fired power plants is a deadly one that
the Indian government needs to get away from immediately," said
Soumyabrata Rahut, Climate Campaigner Greenpeace India. "As in any
addiction, we will have to wean ourselves away from the bad habit
in a phased manner, but to continue on a carbonized growth path
will be suicidal not only for the health of the country but for the
Currently 67 percent of India's total electricity is from coal
fired power plants, and additional proposed plants will lead to the
doubling of CO2 emissions from the power sector in India. This will
push India in to the third slot just behind USA and China from the
current fifth position in overall CO2 emissions.
Update - 12 October -
Sixvolunteers were arrested yesterday, were denied bail and
remain injail. They have been charged with criminal trespass and
violation ofthe West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order Act
The Rainbow Warrior arrived in Calcutta todaybearing the message
"Arrest Climate Change: Free the Climate6." (
Update - 15 October
- The six Greenpeace activists, four men and two women were
granted bail this afternoon. The next hearing of the case is
scheduled for December 19. (
Saving energy - the other side of the issue
Greenpeace India is not only tackling climate change from the
supply side, they're also going after the demand side by calling
for a ban on energy wasting lightbulbs. Earlier this week, they
used floating life rings create a massive 45 metre (150ft) 'BAN THE
BULB' message on the Hoogly river (also in Kolkata), and over
200,000 people have signed their ban the bulb petition.
Banning energy guzzling incandescent lightbulbs would cut
India's carbon dioxide emissions by a whopping 55 million tones.
It's a simple, quick and doable step that can lead to a four
percent cut in India's carbon dioxide emissions.
Rainbow Warrior on the way
Rainbow Warrior is scheduled to arrive on the 12th of October
on its maiden voyage to Kolkata and the Sunderbans, to highlight
the extreme vulnerability of this ecologically sensitive region and
to sea level rise. Watch the Greenpeace India website
for more on the Rainbow Warrior's work there.
Ban the bulb
Ask India to ban the bulb.
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