Play re­calls In­dia’s tragic tree-hug­gers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

CHIL­DREN at Ham­street pri­mary school have learned about In­dian his­tory while putting on a play. The lower ju­niors per­formed Am­rita and the Peo­ple who Hugged the Trees to the rest of the school. The play looked at the leg­end of Am­rita Devi and sev­eral hun­dred vil­lagers who gave up their lives while pro­tect­ing their for­est nearly 300 years ago. The In­dian gov­ern­ment has com­mem­o­rated their sac­ri­fice by nam­ing the Ra­jasthani vil­lage of Khe­jare as In­dia’s first Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Me­mo­rial. The chil­dren have been learn­ing how peo­ple in In­dia strug­gle to pro­tect their en­vi­ron­ment, and how the Chipko Move­ment is sup­port­ing the pro­tec­tion of trees.

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