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Saturday, March 26, 2022

The Sacrifice of the Female Tree Huggers

 Very powerful, and very tragic. 

Female Indian tree huggers:

“Soil is ours. Water is ours. Ours are these forests. Our forefathers raised them. It’s we who must protect them.” A song from the Chipko Movement in India

The Chipko Movement is a great example of a Gandhian movement that was based on nonviolent principles of satyagraha. Chipko means to hug, and this movement is synonymous with the enduring images of rural women hugging their community trees to stop rampant deforestation.In the Garhwal Himalayan region of Uttarakhand in the 70s, there was rapid environmental degradation due to commercial logging. It became clear, especially to women, that logging was destroying their forests and threatening their access to key forest resources needed for their daily sustenance.

The article also relates the story of women who stood, defiant, and hugged the trees even as they were being slaughtered by the loggers.  

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