Friday, July 13, 2007

Greenpeace garners support of 1,00,000 voices for “Ban the Bulb”

Bangalore, 13 July, 2007: Greenpeace today announced the completion of collecting 1,00,000 petitions for their “Ban the Bulb” campaign addressed to the Union Power Minister to implement a ban on inefficient light bulbs in the country by 2010. The campaign aims to collect a million signatures (ten lakh) from the public till the end of the current year.

To commemorate the occasion Greenpeace organised a special event at Christ College joining the hands with Green Army, the environmental cell of Christ College in Bangalore attended by a few eminent names like the young director Master Kishen and Dean of Science, Christ College Mr Chandrasekhar amongst others.

Representatives of Solar Generation from different campuses such as St. Joseph college,Mount Carmel College,St. John's Medical College,Mahavir Jain College,Dayanand Sagar Dental College and National College were present at the function.

Launching the “Ban the Bulb” Campaign on the 16th April 2007, Greenpeace handed over a copy of the model legislation to the Power Minister, mandating that light bulbs with an efficiency of less than 25 lumen/watt should be phased out by 2010. The incandescent bulb falls into that category and Greenpeace demands it to be phased out by that period. Another step for more efficient lighting should follow in 2012 and 2015 so as to raise the minimum efficiency level of lighting to 35 and 55 lumen/ watt respectively.

A decisive measure taken by the Union Minister to phase out the incandescent bulb and ushering in a process of continuous improvement in the efficiency ratings, would save roughly 12000 MW of electricity, while reducing our CO2 emissions by a minimum of 55 million tonnes annually.

Greenpeace will continue collecting petitions from the public, with the aim of collecting 10,00,000 signatures in the coming days. On-line signing of petitions can be done at the campaign web-page " "

1 comment:

ajohn316 said...

Inviting GreenPeace friends to share their experience on "Ban the Bulb" and the Climate Change Campaign.

Intergenerational Partnerships for Climate Change Mitigation

Date: 22nd April – 25th April 2008.
Venue: Visthar, Bangalore, India

Global Citizens for Sustainable Development, Bangalore, India is organizing a workshop on the theme "Intergenerational Partnership for Climate Change Mitigation" to be held at Visthar between 22nd April – 25th April 2008. This workshop is supported by Center for Environment Education (Ahemdabad, India), South Asia Youth Environment Network, Fair Climate Network, China-India Forum, Charter of Human Responsibilities, Friendship Foundation, Earth Charter Youth Initiative and many other organization which feel that there is a need for Intergenerational partnerships to work towards Climate Change Mitigation. The workshop is also a follow up of the ICEE conference ( held at Ahemdabad in November 2007 which brought together individuals and representatives from various youth and environment related networks, and has effectively demonstrated the efficacy of education as a tool. Youth participants have felt the need to sustain this effort to integrate education into sustainable development. Participants have acknowledged the need to create a convergence amongst networks especially youth network through steadfast and resolute action, in order to fight against climate change and to propagate the values and principles of sustainable development.
In our collective efforts to mitigate Climate Change, this workshop will focus on in-depth understanding of pro-poor Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects undertaken by grassroots organization in India. The workshop participants will get an oppurtunity to visit a CDM project.
During this workshop, we are also rejuvenating the Asia-Pacific Alliance which will be an alliance of Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability. The Alliance will discuss, propose and motivate citizens in Asia-Pacific and globally to act towards many such themes which require urgent attention and an intergenerational partnership effort.

Participants at this workshop will include:
- Representatives from or associated with any environmental and youth network across the world, especially from Asia
- Teachers, educationist and social activist working on ESD
- NGO, CSO and intergovernmental agency representatives
- Individuals with an interest in climate change and ESD related issues
- Participants from the ICEE conference held in Ahemdabad in November 2007

The objectives of this workshop are:
- To establish a mandate for the alliance for working towards SD through contributing to the fight against climate change
- To create an educational guidebook on climate change, which incorporates the goals and fulfils the objectives of ESD
- To consult various stakeholders, including civil society representatives, students and youth participants, on the content of the book
- To solicit inputs for similar upcoming initiatives on ESD and climate change
- To disseminate the content of the guidebook amongst stakeholders

The expected outcomes of the workshop are:
- A global alliance on ESD and climate change with a clear mandate conforming to the values of SD.
- An Educational Guidebook/Training module on Climate Change, containing information on causes, potential impacts and remedial measures with focus on Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).

Workshop Coordinators : Anugraha John (Global Citizens for Sustainable Development), Vikram Aditya (Friendship Foundation) and Aparna Susarla (Center for Environment Education).

For further information please contact:
Anugraha John
P.O. Box 3210, R.T Nagar Post.Bangalore 560032. INDIA. Telephone: +91-9448192010.