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Chipko: an unfinished mission

Amit Mitra Down to Earth, Vol. 1, No. 23 April 30, 1993 Part of the Down to Earth special 20th anniversary issue devoted to Chipko “NO WOMAN ever had to hug a tree to protect it,” says Chandi Prasad Bhatt, the founder of Chipko. “It…

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The Chipko movement and women

The Chipko Movement in the Uttarakhand region of the Himalayas is often treated as a women’s movement to protect the forest ecology of the Uttarakhand from the axes of the contractors. But the reasons behind women’s participation are more economic than ecological. In fact, the…

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