If we want change, we need to understand some fundamental premises that need to be overhauled
by Rachel Brinker
In Hindi, chipko means, “to embrace.” The Chipko Movement in India became one of the most successful environmental activism struggles in the world. Vandana Shiva was one of the women involved in this movement, which resisted industrial forestry and logging in rural India. Local women physically put their bodies between the machinery and the forest that provided their livelihood–literally hugging the trees (Callicott, 218). The largest success of the Chipko movement was convincing Indira Gandhi, India’s prime minister in 1981, to declare a fifteen-year moratorium on logging in the Himalayan forests in Uttar Pradesh (Callicott, 218).
Dr. Vandana Shiva is a woman whose work is focused on embracing not only the principles of feminism, but also the principles of ecology. In fact, as an ecofeminist, she sees these two movements as interconnected and believes that the worldview that causes environmental degradation and injustice is the same worldview…
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