A while ago I had written about how the ‘Chipko’ movement started in India was adopted in Japan to save the last vestiges of nature in cities. (https://eksparsh.wordpress.com/2009/01/29/chipko-movement-in-japan/)
‘Appiko movement’ (‘Appiko’ in Kannada means ‘to hug’) was started by the youth of Salkani village in Sirsi district to protect trees. Today this movement is spread across south India and is trying to save the Western Ghats.
Read the interview conducted by ‘Times of India’ with Mr. Pandurang Hegde, the convener of the Appiko movement at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Editorial/QA–Livelihood-issues-must-be-linked-to-environment/articleshow/4521436.cms
Aviram Sharma has a detailed write-up about the ‘Appiko movement’, how it was started, and its objective.