Friday, October 7, 2011

A Decade of Greenpeace in India

Although Greenpeace has been actively campaigning in India since 1995, it was only in 2001 that the international non-governmental environmental organization was formally registered in Chennai, India. Greenpeace has offices in over 40 countries and is run by an international coordinating body in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Greenpeace first stretched its wings in India in 1996 with a campaign against toxic waste trade imports, pressuring the Government of India to sign and ratify the Basel Convention and to ban the movement of hazardous toxic waste from developed industrialized nations to developing countries. In 1997, Greenpeace attempted to register itself in India but failed. Recent Greenpeace campaigns, most memorably the organization's strident and colorful protest against genetically modified BT Brinjal, have gained much visibility and compelled the government to reverse its initial decision. This exclusive slideshow chronicles the significant campaigns carried out by Greenpeace during its eventful decade in India.









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