Greenpeace India

ORGANIZATION : Greenpeace India

Founded in 1971, Greenpeace is an international non-profit based in Amsterdam which works for environmental conservation. Greenpeace India is working in India from 2001 to demand clear air, cheap renewable energy, and safe food. It uses digital channels and creates effective online to offline movements, often leading to policy changes.

For example, its online campaign against the allocation of a coal block in the Mahan forests in Madhya Pradesh led to the Supreme Court de-allocating the coal block in August, 2014 following which the coal ministry of India termed it as ‘inviolate’ meaning it cannot be auctioned for mining further. In January 2014, #IamMahan was launched to drive attention on this pressing issue of forests rights and communities. Radio Sangharsh is also a platform for people in Madhya Pradesh. It’s an online portal where people call in the mobile number, and record their stories, which are posted on the website then and it’s a unique way to broadcast grassroots stories of struggle from the front lines. Other such online campaigns include Dharnai Live, CleanChai and Greenpeace Extra which is an environmental petition tool that anyone in India can use to create a campaign and take action on local environmental issues.

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