Green Warriors

Environment

Green warriors are individuals and local communities who get actively involved in protecting and conserving biodiversity. RobinAge salutes these warriors who do everything from conserving vital ecosystems and critical wildlife habitats to looking after resources like soil and water

  • In Dengajhari, a small tribal hamlet in Ranapur, women have taken up the task of protecting their forest. The women have come together to form Ghodadei Mahila Samiti, an organisation that vows to protect several hectares of forestland. Every day, two women are assigned to patrol the forest that provides them with fuel wood, fodder and timber. The women patrollers still remember a day back in October, 1999 when 27 women drove away more than 200 armed men who came to cut down the trees.
  • Women and children of Pakidi in Ganjam district travel several kilometers in the scorching summer to provide water to peafowls. Every villager here has taken the responsibility to protect the birds.
  • Sundarlaal Bahuguna is a noted activist and philosopher who has fought for the preservation of forests in the Himalayas. He started the Chipko Movement, which literally meant hug the tree to prevent it from being cut. This movement is known as Appiko in Karnataka.
  • Dhanmandal in Jajpur district has been the home to the Asian open bill stroke for more than 100 years. These birds arrive in flocks in the month of June, breed and fl y away with their little ones in December. The railway staff of the Dhanmandal railway station actively protect these birds and play the role of custodians to these avian visitors. The local people revere these birds, take care of them and protect them from any threats. The unique co-existence of men and birds in this remote village has now become a conservation model for many.
  • J Vijaya is one the foremost green warriors of India. She is the first woman herpetologist and the first to sound an alarm on the turtle trade in India by photographing the slaughter of Olive Ridley turtles on Digha beach in West Bengal and the meat markets of Kolkata.
  • In Kodabahal village in Sundergarh district, villagers conserve a small population of spotted deer in 200 hectares of forest protected by them with a belief that animals are adored by the village deity and hence should not be harmed.
  • Bhetonoi villager in Ganjam district conserve wildlife in a unique way. They pen the doors of their homes to allow black bucks to take shelter in an assemblage of 70 villages, located in a drought prone region of Orissa. This has resulted in numbers of the buck rising from 100 to more than 500.
  • Ashok Khosla is one of the world's greatest environmental thinkers. He even won the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sasakawa Environment Prize. He has created village power plants that use agricultural waste for fuel, promoted mini-factories for recycling paper and set up small scale industries for the manufacturing of low-cost roofing tiles.