Noted environmentalist and pioneer of Chipko Movement, Sundarlal Bohuguna dies of Covid-19 today at AIIMS(Rishikesh).
He was 94 when breathed his last at 12:05 pm.
As per medical reports, he had been suffering from Covid like symptoms for the last 10 days.
Best known for his slogan “ecology is the permanent economy”, Bohuguna made the Chipko Movement a movement of masses.
Sunderlal Bahuguna, who was leading the movement, appealed to then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to implement a ban on cutting down the trees. His appeal resulted in a 15-year ban on chopping green trees in 1980.
The following year, the government wanted to honour his efforts by awarding him the title of Padma Shri, but he turned it down. In 2009, he was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan.
PM Narendra Modi termed his demise a monumental loss for the nation.