“What was Chipko Andolan”? How did this Andolan ultimately benefit the local people and the environment?
‘Chipko Andolan (Hug the Trees Movement) was a movement started by women of Reni village in Garhwal, who hugged the tree trunks preventing the contractors from felling the trees.
This Andolan quickly spread to other parts of the country and forced the government to rethink their priorities in the use of forest produce. Consequently, the local people were benefitted.
The environment was saved from permanent damage. It affected the quality of soil and the sources of water were affected in a good way.