The Chipko Movement, which is also known as Chipko Andolan, which has been a practice of saving trees from being cut down, by different methods, most popular of which is hugging, or chaining oneself to the trees. Earliest instance of such incident dates back to 1730 AD, when people from the khejarli village of Rajasthan, exactly 363 people from the Bishnoi community gave their lives to save trees from being ravaged. Today, however, is the 45th Anniversary of movement that began in Uttar Pradesh in 1973, and which has been hailed as an exemplary way of non-violent protest in India for environmental purposes. It was a Mandal village, in Alaknanda valley. The movement was led by women, as is well documented and Chand Chandi Prasad Bhatt and his NGO Dasholi Gram Swarajya Sangh.
The movement was crucial, as it spread out in India and was supported by many people, who understood the need of saving the environment and trees from being razed to the ground. These people had a significant contribution to the Chipko Movement: Dhoom Singh Negi, Bachni Devi, Gaura Devi and Sudesha Devi.
Sunderlal Bahuguna, who was an activist gave more heft to the movement, which led then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi to impose a ban on cutting trees. On the 45th Anniversary of the movement, it is important to remember that environment is the most important element for humans to survive and if we keep damaging it, it will causes harm to us in the end. Google Doodle gave the Chipko Movement a tribute, which only tells its significance for the country and the environmentalists.
— Ashmita Badoni (@AshmitaBadoni) March 26, 2018