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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dirty Diesel

Airtel is still talking dirty. The telecom industry giant has refused to commit to disclose its carbon emission and using renewable energy to power its mobile towers.
Call 080-4904-7666
Leave Sunil Mittal a voice message asking him to switch off dirty diesel.
The telecom sector burns subsidised diesel to power its mobile network towers.[1] Being the sector leader, Airtel controls lakhs of network towers and enjoys a major part of this subsidised diesel. Over 62,000 people have asked the company to go renewable. The company can set an example for the sector by switching to clean renewable energy.

The company management agreed to meet Greenpeace representatives after activists painted ‘Switch off Diesel’ at their head office in Gurgaon.[2] Airtel however backtracked and used the industry association as a shield to refuse to make a commitment.[3] With the senior management backing out, we now need to tell Chairman Sunil Mittal that we want Airtel to switch off diesel and switch to renewable energy.

Here’s what you can do:

Call 080-4904-7666 and leave a voice message for Sunil Mittal asking him to switch off dirty diesel.
  • First Dial the number
  • Then wait for the beep and a message
  • Finally, leave your name and city followed by your message
Thousands of messages flooding his voice mail will help show Mr Mittal the massive support behind this demand. Leave a message for him and get more and more people to do the same.

Ask your friends and family to leave a message for Sunil Mittal as well:


Thanks a billion!

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Abhishek Pratap
Climate and Energy Campaigner
Greenpeace India
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1. Telecom industry's "diesel exploitation" exposed, Business Standard, May 25, 2011

2. Don’t use diesel: Greenpeace to telecom firms, Times of India, June 1, 2011

3. Talks between Greenpeace, Bharti Airtel remain inconclusive, Yahoo! News, June 10, 2011

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