M Yoganathan is a conductor on a Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Bus in Chennai. But during his free time he has been planting saplings for the past 32 years.
In nearly three decades he has single-handedly planted more than 38,000 trees. And the story of his commitment is being taught at schools.He is called a green crusader.
Aviram Rozin was born in Israel, but along with his family made India their home since 2003. Rozin, his wife Yorit and daughter Osher bought some 70 acres of barren land in Auroville, Tamil Nadu and started slowly transforming it. With the help of local volunteers, the planted the barren land with seeds of endangered plant species and edible plants.
Mansukhbhai Raghavjibhai Prajapati
In the aftermath of the 2001 Bhuj Earthquake, Mansukhbhai realized the struggles poor people had to go through to have access to basic equipment needed in the kitchen. Thus came to him the Mitti Cool Fridge, a refrigerator made entirely out of clay and not requiring any electricity to function.
In 2015, Chewang Norphel was awarded the Padma Shri for his work on artificial glaciers. After realizing that manipulating the speed of flowing water could help him create glaciers, Norphel created his first artificial glacier by diverting a river into the Leh valley. In a landscape dominated by barren mountains, his work helped increase groundwater levels and provided water for irrigation in lower reaches of the valley.
He may be pushing 91, but his dedication towards preserving the beauty, flora, and fauna of the Himalayan valley is still as fresh as the day he first started. In the 1980s, he gained prominence as the leader of the Chipko Movement in Uttar Pradesh when he visited village after village gathering supporters for his initiative. His efforts led to a meeting with the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, and ultimately to a fifteen-year ban on deforestation.
The filmmaker, whose work In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones achieved somewhat of a cult status in India, ventured into environmentalism in 1995. A self-taught botanist, Krishen is the creator of several native plant gardens in Delhi, Rajasthan, and Garhwal. Currently, he is working on a rewilding scheme at the Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park in Mehrangarh.