Tulsi Gowda, an environmentalist, was one of the 119 Padma award nominees for 2020. On social media, a picture of the Karnataka tribal welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi, key ministers, and dignitaries at the occasion went viral. The 77-year-old Halakki tribe member is a forest encyclopedia with "endless knowledge" of plants and herbs. She has worked for the environment for over 60 years and planted over 30,000 saplings.
Bollywood actress and environmentalist Juhi Chawla has issued a video stating that she is not against the 5G implementation in India. Asking the authorities to release its data in public domain, Chawla stated, "We just want to know that it [5G] is safe for children, for pregnant women, for unborn children..." Earlier, the actress was fined Rs 20 lakh by the Delhi High Court for her petition challenging 5G implementation.
Prominent environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna died from COVID-19 on May 21 in AIIMS Rishikesh. An activist for his whole life, it was Bahuguna with whose efforts former PM Indira Gandhi banned the cutting of trees. Remembered for the slogan “ecology is the permanent economy,” Bahuguna dedicated his life towards the conservation of forests and Himalayan region. Bahuguna and his wife also came up with the non-violent Chipko movement for forest… read-more
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Worried over poor environment, Indonesian environmentalist Khalisah Khalid has sought rules to ensure clean environment for citizens. The statement came after a Jakarta court's expected ruling on lawsuit filed by Khalid’s wife and 31 others. Reportedly, Khalid's 10-year-old ailing daughter’s conditions exacerbated due to environment. Meanwhile, the government said new regulations including installation of solar panels in government buildings… read-more
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An IIT-Kharagpur report pointed out that around 20% of Indian land has a toxic level of arsenic in its groundwater. The AI-based prediction stated that over 250 million people were exposed to its toxicity, which is potent enough to cause cancer and skin lesion. Moreover, the study exhibited most concentration in areas surrounding Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra basin. Besides, it suggested a rigorous sampling by the government as records were found… read-more
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Indian Environmentalist Sunita Narain has been awarded with the 'Edinburgh Medal 2020' by the city of Edinburgh Council. Narain, the director-general of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been recognised for her effort in formulating 'climate emergency policies'. The council also lauded Sunita's effort of climate justice for poor and underprivileged. 'Edinburgh Medal' is awarded for the contributions to science and technology which… read-more
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Central University of Karnataka has awarded an honorary doctorate degree to 108-year-old 'Saalumarada' Thimmakka. The Karnataka-based environmentalist was honoured at her home by the university officials. Also known as Aalada Marada Timakka, 'Saalumarada' (meaning 'rows of trees' in Kannada) has planted nearly 400 banyan trees on a 4-km stretch in her husband’s town in Tumkur district. Among other recognitions, she is also the recipient of… read-more
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