Bishnois - India's original environmentalists (15 images)

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In the arid region bordering the Thar Desert, lives the Bishnoi people - a tribe dedicated to saving the trees and showing compassion to all living beings. Populating several states through the north western part of the country Bishnois number in some ten hundred thousand. They are the first environmentalists of India. And probably, they are the first tree-hugging activists of the world. Centuries before crusading for the environment became main stream, they died for saving trees. In 1730,...
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