Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Airtel: Switch off Diesel

Hi ,

I just signed a petition opposing Airtel's use of dirty diesel energy to power their cell phone towers.

Please read the mail below and take action.


Dear friends,

Thanks to the telecommunications sector, every new call and SMS is hurting our environment. Lakhs of massive mobile network towers in our country run on dirty diesel.

Airtel is the market leader and trend-setter of the Indian telecom industry. If we get them to switch to renewable energy, it will set an example for the others to follow. Customers are the mainstay of this industry. Airtel would notice if customers ask them to make their calls green by using clean energy to power company’s mobile towers.

You should ask Airtel to switch to renewable energy.

Several current and potential Airtel subscribers, asking them to switch to renewable energy will help put pressure on them to act. Since the company is bound to provide good service to its subscribers, they will not be able to ignore this feedback.

Like coal and nuclear, oil too is an unsustainable energy option. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill last year showed the dangers of our addiction to oil.[2] Studies conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have shown that renewable energy is capable of powering the world.[3] Airtel needs to realise this and quit dirty energy.

Tell them now.

Thanks a billion!

Photo of Abhishek Pratap

Abhishek Pratap
Climate and Energy Campaigner
Greenpeace India


1. Dirty Talking? Case for telecom to shift from diesel to renewable, Greenpeace India, May 19, 2011 [PDF]

2. BP Oil Spill: How Bad Is Damage to Gulf One Year Later? Time magazine, April 19, 2011

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

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