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Thursday, July 14, 2011

get your set of stickers and start spreading the message.

After two months, 70,000 petition signatures and two non-violent confrontations, the telecom sector has acknowledged the problem of dirty-diesel powering their mobile towers. Bharti Airtel however is yet to give a commitment.
Watch the action at Airtel HQ and get your set of stickers.
The telecom sector uses subsidised diesel to run its mobile towers and the subsidy is not meant for them, causing a loss of Rs 2600 crore.[1] Being the market leader, it is imperative for Bharti Airtel to act.

We can put more pressure on Airtel to clean-up by spreading the message about its dirty energy usage. A bunch of stickers with a message for Airtel will help do this. So get your set of stickers and stick them around to make more and more people aware of Airtel's reluctance to go green.

Watch our latest interaction with Bharti Airtel, get your set of stickers and start spreading the message.


My colleagues and I have had two meetings with the company’s executives so far, and both were preceded by a demonstration outside their office as they refused to speak to us. Public pressure is required to help the company shift. More and more aware people asking Airtel to switch-off diesel will put more pressure on them to act.

Oil, like coal and nuclear, also hurts the environment, as seen during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in America last year. [2] Renewable energy is clean and cheap and it can fulfil our needs.[3]

Bharti Airtel is a market leader and by switching to clean energy, it will set an example for the other operators in the telecom sector. Get your stickers and spread the word now!


Thanks a billion!

Abhishek Pratap,
Climate and Energy Campaigner,
Greenpeace India.

1. Telecom industry's "diesel exploitation" exposed, Business Standard, May 25, 2011

2. BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill likely to cost more than Exxon Valdez, Guardian, April 30, 2010

3. Renewable energy can power the world, says landmark IPCC study, Guardian, May 9, 2011

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