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When unbridled construction of roads, dams, buildings and tunnels was taking away the interaction between man and nature, Sunderlal Bahuguna started  the Chipko movement by hugging trees to resist logging. The Japanese have taken to this form of environmental protest to stall the building of a tunnel near Mount Takao. It is heartening to note the spread of a movement which started in India and has been adopted in Japan for saving the last vestiges of nature in cities.

“Activists in Tokyo protesting against the construction of a tunnel for Ken-O-Do, or the Metropolitan Intercity Expressway, through the biodiversity-rich Mount Takao area outlying Japan’s capital are adopting the tree-hugging methods of the Chipko movement to resist the local government.”  Read more at: Chipko movement in Japan

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