Google Doodle Celebrates the 45th Anniversary Of Chipko Movement 

Today’s doodle celebrates the Chipko Andolan and those involved. 

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A group of 363 people, led by Amrita Devi, laid down their lives to protect a group of khejri trees. 

Google celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Chipko Movement on Monday with a doodle, illustrated by Svabhu Kohli and Viplov Singh, that commemorated the movement and those involved.

The Chipko Andolan was a non-violent, grassroots movement that has inspired several future environmental movements.

The Chipko Andolan also stands out as an eco-feminist movement. Women formed the nucleus of the movement, as the group most directly affected by the lack of firewood and drinking water caused by deforestation.

The original Chipko movement dates back to the 18th century when protesters laid down their lives to protect a group of khejri trees that were ordered to be cut down. They surrounded the tress and embraced them by linking hands, thus physically protecting them from the loggers . The movement was later named “chipko,” which means “to stick.”

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