Chipko Movement – Tree Huggers

During a recent meeting with a prominent Indian Australian businessman and educator, in which we were discussing environmental education projects in India, I was introduced for the first time to the “Chipko movement”.

Until that point, I had been unaware that in the early 18th century, and more recently in the 1970’s, “an organized resistance to the destruction of forests spread throughout India and came to be known as the Chipko movement. The name of the movement comes from the word ’embrace’, as the villagers hugged the trees, and prevented the contractors’ from felling them.” The Chipko movement originated in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand in northern India (later spreading throughout India) and was inspired by Gandhi’s philosophy of Satyagraha.

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