Where did the Chipko Movement First Start in India?
The movement began in 1973 in the Himalayan area of Uttarakhand, which was at the time a part of Uttar Pradesh. It later served as a focal point for numerous other global environmental initiatives. It established a standard for the beginning of peaceful protest in India. This non-violent movement helped to slow down the rapid deforestation, expose vested interests, raise social consciousness about the need to preserve trees, raise ecological awareness, and show the effectiveness of people's power. Over time, it inspired numerous similar eco-groups. Both male and female activists from Uttarakhand played significant roles in the Chipko Andolan or Chipko movement, which practiced Satyagraha, including Gaura Devi, Suraksha Devi, Sudesh Devi, Bachini Devi, Chandi Bhatt, Virushka Devi, and others.
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