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Sunderlal Bahuguna: Environmentalist and Chipko movement pioneer

Environmentalist and Chipko movement pioneer Sunderlal Bahuguna died at the age of 94 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Friday after battling COVID-19 for several days.

AIIMS Director Ravikant said, "Bahuguna, one of India's best-known environmentalists, was admitted to the hospital on May 8 after testing positive for COVID-19. He had been critical since last night with his oxygen level dropping drastically. He was on CPAP therapy in the ICU of the premier hospital.    

Condoling the death, Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat described it as a big loss not just for Uttarakhand and India but for the entire world. "It was he who made the Chipko movement a movement of the masses," Rawat said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also offered his condolences to the Padma Vibhushan Awardee, and the leader of one of the biggest environmental movements in India.

"Passing away of Shri Sunderlal Bahuguna Ji is a monumental loss for our nation. He manifested our centuries-old ethos of living in harmony with nature. His simplicity and spirit of compassion will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with his family and many admirers. Om Shanti," Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after his death.

Tribute by Team YourStory sourced from PTI

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