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power is when determined people come together.

Here are a few folks who belong to various backgrounds and walks of life but stand united in their core by activism.

Deven Arya

Born and brought up in amchi Mumbai, I grew up witnessing the impacts of pollution on urban life and its dire long term effects on my city’s natural resources and the health of my fellow Mumbaikars. Being an activist gives me an opportunity to do something more than just complaint about the social and environmental issues that bother me. It gives me a chance to confront these issues rather than to just read about them in the papers and regret their predicaments. In a small way, it allows to keep clear my social consciousness while contributing to a larger movement that may bring about a change in the society. If all of us were to take action and give that little bit of activism to a cause close to our hearts, we might just make this world a better place.

Banu Priya

Activism is very dear to me. One of the things that has been crossing my mind off late is not to let our future go up in smoke. Air pollution is posing a threat to our very existence. There has to be a solution somewhere. I’m glad I was bearing witness and doing my bit to trigger it. The key to driving people-powered change for issues concerning people at large is through massive public participation. The issue of air pollution has reached such an alarming level that it now concerns each one of us. Having said that, activism should not only be restricted to volunteering for the sake of it, but continuing further into driving the desired change, through self-accountability and individual actions, in whatever form and capacity one may.

Nishan Aiyappa

Climate change is happening and is for real. And if I don't change, I cannot expect change from others, and that means- the current business like usual is going to make our future bleak. I am a climate warrior. For me, activism is seeing, believing, and then, telling- either through words or actions. So my heart goes out to the communities around me, our politicians, my friends, my families, and our future’s youngsters. I am thrilled to see young activists breaking barriers in new ways. While some portray activism through theater, art and music, some others like me, jump off a bridge (almost!) and send a message to the country. I feel a sense of freedom in being an activist.

Shwetha R.

To me, activism is an identity. I believe that change comes about when every individual brings out the activist personality in them. I have been a nature admirer since my younger days. I always found pleasure in the simple things of life; the fresh cool breeze, the smell of rain, and actually everything else about nature. I know that nature listens to me in the same way that I listen and interact with it. And somewhere, as I think about these things, it hurts me to know that the things I love are getting poisoned. In my core, I’ve always wanted to do something. A few weeks ago, I jumped into action, knot up, and brought out the activist in me. I did what I had to do. I said- Mumbai, clean up your air now! Why? Because at the end of the day, it's my land, my air and my resources as much as it is everyone else’s. This is me and my bit.

Abdul Azeez M.

Being an activist is more of a personal fulfillment and mode to quench satiety levels of my moral medium towards nature. I think sustainability has been widely discussed and deeply pondered upon. Although everyone agrees to its general terms, it’s often not acted upon. It remains somewhere in the subconscious mind but rarely surfaces in time of need. Activism for me is passing the idea from the subconscious mind to the conscious one, like ideas for change, reforming the current scenario, improving the environmental conditions, working on alternatives and so on. I do not want the generations that will follow, to suffer for what we have done. I tell myself over and again that change starts at home. I have begun contributing in my own little way.

Pranay Jajodia

The revelation that my city Mumbai had an ambient air quality six times more than the permissible limit came as a rude awakening. This is the place where I grew up, my family and my friends live and to learn that they are all at risk to various air pollution related diseases shook something inside of me. I knew I had to take action to better this situation. Hence, it was only natural for me to join Greenpeace's Clean Air Nation campaign.

Finally, the moment had arrived. As I was drove up to the spot on the bridge, I was overcome with nervousness. Silence overcame me while my fellow activists in the car were making random chatter - trying to calm their nerves as well, I'm sure. As we approached our drop zone, there was a sudden adrenaline rush, the nervousness disappeared and with razor sharp focus, I was all business. Within a matter of minutes, we helped the climbers secure their anchors and get off the edge.

Inside of me, I let out a sigh of relief. It was an exhilarating moment watching the banner unfurl.I beamed with pride to be a part of such a moment. I now hope that the government takes cognizance of our demands and the clean air programme is made available for public discourse and implemented at the soonest. Till then we will keep fighting. Abhi to yeh angdai hai, aage aur ladai hai!

(This is just the beginning, there is much more fight left in us!)

Komal Daal

Edited by Grace Saji. She works in the Digital Engagement team at Greenpeace India

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