People to know

Below is a list of key Indian personalities that have contributed immensely to environment conservation and protection in different ways.

Medha Patkar


Medha Patkar is an Indian social activist and social reformer turned politician. She is the founder member of Narmada Bachao Andolan and was National Convener of National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), an alliance of progressive people’s organisations.She was also a representative to the World Commission on Dams, to research the environmental, social and economic impacts of the development of large dams globally.

Medha Patkar initiated and is still working with Narmada Bachao Andolan, a social movement consisting of adivasis, farmers, environmentalists, and human rights activists against a number of large dams being built across the Narmada river. She also protested against Tata Nano factory at Singur, Golibar Demolition in order to safegaurd interests of slum dwellers and Kovvada Nuclear project which would have been a disaster for ecology as well as people of region.

Uma Prajapati


Uma Prajapati is the founder of Upasana, the overarching company comprised of multiple different brands of sustainability from organic clothing, tsunami relief, waste management, social responsibility, empowerment and growth.

In 2010 Upasana declared that it was consciously taking the step into becoming organic to support the farming community in the aftermath of devastating tsunami. She reveals that fashion a present is corrupt at the very base level, that it can’t even support the people working to produce the crops necessary to create clothing.

Sunderlal Bahuguna


Sunderlal Bahuguna(born 9 January 1927)is a noted Garhwali environmentalist, Chipko movement leader and a follower of Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of Non-violence and Satyagraha.

This idea of chipko movement was of his wife and the action was taken by him. For years he has been fighting for the preservation of forests in the Himalayas, first as a member of the Chipko movement in the 1970s, and later spearheaded the Anti-Tehri Dam movement starting 1980s, to early 2004. He was one of the early environmentalists of India,and later he and people associated with the Chipko movement started taking up environmental issues, like against large dams.

He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honour, on 26 January 2009.

Vandana Shiva


Vandana Shiva is an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author.

She has fought for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Intellectual property rights, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, genetic engineering, are among the fields where Shiva has contributed with ideas and through activist campaigns. She has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering.

Shiva has also served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as non-governmental organisations, including the International Forum on Globalization, the Women’s Environment & Development Organization and the Third World Network.She is a member of the scientific committee of the Fundacion IDEAS, Spain’s Socialist Party’s think tank.


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