Champions of the Earth award 2022

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  • November 26, 2022
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In news: Indian wildlife biologist Dr Purnima Devi Barman has been honoured with the U.N. Environment Programme’s (UNEP) 2022 Champions of the Earth award in the Entrepreneurial Vision category.

About the award:

  • Established in 2005, it is U.N.’s highest environmental honour.
  • It is an annual award accorded for transformative action to prevent, halt and reverse ecosystem degradation.
  • In 2017, the program was expanded to include Young Champions of the Earth.
  • The initiative is run in partnership with the Covestro, a plastics company.
  • awarded every year to seven young environmentalists between ages 18 and 30

Dr. Purnima Devi Barman:

  • She leads the “Hargila Army“, an all-female grassroots conservation movement dedicated to protecting the Greater Adjutant Stork from extinction.
  • The bird Greater Adjutant Stork is the second-rarest stork species in the world, known locally as “hargila” in Assamese (meaning “bone swallower”).
  • Today the “Hargila Army” consists of over 10,000 women.
  • They protect nesting sites, rehabilitate injured storks which have fallen from their nests and arrange “baby showers” to celebrate the arrival of new-born chicks.
  • The women create and sell textiles with motifs of the bird, helping to raise awareness about the species while building their own financial independence.
  • Significance of her work:
  • Conflict between humans and wildlife can be resolved to the benefit of all.
  • Highlighting the damaging impact that the loss of wetlands has had on the species who feed and breed on them
  • Importance of protecting and restoring ecosystems
  • mobilised a group of village women to help her.

Source: The Hindu


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