Environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna passes away


The Chipko Movement leader died of complications from Covid 19

Sunderlal Bahuguna was a passionate environmentalist who pioneered the famous Chipko movement in India. He was against the deforestation and led protests against cutting down trees in Garhwal Himalayas and was against the construction of the Tehri Dam. He was a true Gandhian and followed peaceful methods of protest. In 1980 when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister, he took out a protest march covering 5000km by foot to meet Indira Gandhi who in turn banned cutting down trees in the region for 15 years. He led a simple life and lived in an ashram living in close proximity with nature. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his contribution to the environment in 2009. He was 94 when he died due to complications arising from Covid 19.



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