Though there does seem to be a lot of controversy regarding Greenpeace, a lot of good things are also due to its activities and we need to recognise this. They do reach out to various places to truly make sure all regions are touched. Many are regions we don’t even hear about.
Let us see the example of a small village in Bihar, Dharnai. Located near Bodh Gaya in Bihar’s Jehanabad district, it didn’t have access to electricity. A few years ago, the villagers took things in their own hands and changed their fate forever. They could do this as they did have someone showing them a direction.
With the help of Greenpeace, the village installed a solar-powered micro-grid, which provides 24×7 electricity to more than 450 households and 50 commercial establishments. The entire project cost them 3 crores, making Dharnai India’s first first fully solar powered village.
This is a great thing for the residents. One of the residents says,“While India was growing leaps and bounds, we were stuck here for the last 30 years, trying everything in the book to get electricity. We were forced to struggle with kerosene lamps and expensive diesel generators. But now I can proudly say that Dharnai is a leader in innovation. We have established our identity as an energy self-sufficient village and can compete with the country in its race to growth.”
Since the time Dharnai declared itself an energy-independent village, students no longer have to limit their studies to the day time, women no longer fear stepping out of their homes at night, and small industries are prospering, as the village heads for a better, brighter future. This has indeed made all of them happy to belong here.
We all need to know what development is always a joint venture and work towards helping ourselves as the world helps us.