Chipko tree hugger movement videos

Tord Björk | Uncategorized | Monday, October 4th, 2010

The Chipko movement started in 1973 in Indian Himalaya to protect trees from being cut by hugging them making it hard for the men coming and felling the trees. It spread all over India and inspired similar tree hugger movement all over the world. It was inspired by the Bishnois and the tragic but successful struggle to protect their forest in 1730. Below there are some videos about what happened in 1730, part of a documentary with one of the main activists Sudesha Devi and the story how the movement developed, a documentary on both the Chipko and Appiko movement, the story of Chandi Prasad and on Mirabehn.

From Youtube presentation: The Bishnois are a community of nature worshippers in the state of Rajasthan, India. They also have a sizeable presence in the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat,Haryana, Punjab and Delhi. Bishnois can be called the first environmentalists of India because they have been religiously following rules of environment and wild life protection and conservation since 1485, when environmentalist saint Guru Jambeshwar made it part of the Bishnoi religion by incorporating two cardinal rules: “you shall not cut green trees”, “you shall be compassionate to all living beings”.

Unlike most Hindu communities, Bishnois bury their dead instead of cremating them. This is because of the strict prohibition on the felling of trees, the wood of which is required for cremation.

For centuries, the Bishnois have been following these rules undeterred by the trying conditions in the arid desert. By doing so, they live in perfect harmony with the environment.

(The illustration) is a painting inspired by the very brave Bishnoi ”Amrita Devi” (1730 A.D.), credited to have started the famous ”Chipko” (hindi: ”to stick together”) movement. There is also a picture of Chipko movement activists:

From Youtube presentation: A clip from Sudesha, a 1983 documentary film by Deepa Dhanraj for Faust Films.

Part of the series “As Women See It.”

An unsung heroine of the Chipko movement, Sudesha Devi is still active in the Henwalghati Valley of Tehri District, now working alongside Chipko veterans on the Beej Bachao Andolan.

The video has many stories and pictures:

From Youtube presentation: Along with the more-famed Chipko movement in North India, villagers in the South also resorted to hugging trees. Two-and-half decades ago, they used this as a means of protecting their forests. Pandurang Hegde, the leader of the Appikko movement, explains to FN what it has achieved, some 25 years later.

In the tradition of Gandhi and the Chipko movement,they used direct action to save the forests of the Western Ghats. An inspirational story of a non-violent grass-roots movement that arose in the vilages of Southern India.

In the tradition of Gandhi and the Chipko movement,they used direct action to save the forests of the Western Ghats. An inspirational story of a non-violent grass-roots movement that arose in the villages of Southern India (including a long part on the Chipko movment.)

Some pictures from the video:

CNN IBN on Chandi Prasad, grassroot Ghandian and one of the founders of the Chipko movement

A long documentary “Die Bäume umarmen” (Hug the trees) in German on Mirabehn, the follower of Gandhi from Great Britain and her struggle for the Himalayan forests.

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