Vandana Shiva is an environmentalist, feminist, renowned academic, economist and all around activist. She was part of the Chipko movement in the 70’s where she would, with other protesters, form human rings around trees to prevent them from being cut down.
Ashok Khosla is a leading Indian environmentalist, having founded the Office of Environmental Planning and Co-Ordination and a group called Development Alternatives. He is a board member for several eco-minded organizations, and an adviser to the World Bank and the United Nations. Working with businesses in a number of ecological efforts including using agricultural waste as fuel and recycling, he is considered an expert in sustainable development.
Shri T. Srinivasa Rao and Shri Gnanasekaran traveled the world in 2002 to raise environmental awareness.
In the 70’s and 80’s, many Indians took action against deforestation through the Ghandi-inspired tactic of non-violent resistance. Many Indian villagers rely on on their forests for food, water, and many other resources essential to their work and survival. Known as the Chipko Movement, protestors would hug the trees, protecting them from the axes of contractors. “Chipko” has a meaning similar to the word “embrace.” Activists throughout India embraced these methods with great success, saving many trees and livelihoods.
The 12th Gyalwang Drukpa is another respected Indian environmentalist. The 12th Gyalwang Drukpa is head of the Drukpa Lineage, a Buddhist school in the Himalayas. The Gyalwang Drukpa received the 2010 Greenies Eco Award in India. The Gyalwang Drukpa has contributed to environmental issues through his foundation, Live to Love.
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