By Sasikala A. The environmental concern was minimal at the time of Gandhi, but his ideas on Village Swaraj, decentralization, Swadeshi, Sarvodya etc made him an advocate of environmentalism. He is often considered as a man with deep ecological view. The ideas of Gandhi have been widely used by different streams of environmental philosophy like green, deep ecology, etc and different environmental movements across the globe. An eminent environmental thinker Ramachandra Guha identified three distinct strands in Indian Environmentalism, the Crusading Gandhians, Appropriate Technologists and Ecological Marxists. He observed that, unlike the third one, the first two strands rely heavily on Gandhi.
Environmental Movements in India
Environmental Movements in India: All you need to Know
It is located in the Nilgiri hills , has a core area of This national park has some rare species of flora and fauna. This area was explored in by the botanist Robert Wight. The national park is one of the last undisturbed tracts of South Western Ghats mountain rain forests and tropical moist evergreen forest in India. Plans for a hydroelectric project that threatened the park's biodiversity stimulated an environmentalist social movement in the s, known as the Save Silent Valley movement, which resulted in cancelling the project and creating the park in The visitors' centre for the park is at Sairandhri. The first Western investigation of the watersheds of the Silent Valley area was in by the botanist Robert Wight.
Save Silent Valley
Save Silent Valley was a social movement aimed at the protection of Silent Valley, an evergreen tropical forest in the Palakkad district of Kerala, India. The valley was declared as Silent Valley National Park in In February , the Planning Commission approved the project at a cost of about Rs 25 crores.
The contemporary India experiences an almost unrestricted exploitation of resources because of the lure of new consumerist lifestyles. The balance of nature is disrupted. This has led to many conflicts in the society. In this article, we discuss the major environmental movements in India. Some of the major environmental movements in India during the period to are the following.