On the occasion of Earth Day, Jagran.com has brought the campaign to save tomorrow's light today “Kal Ki Roshni Aaj Bachaye”. In this we are joining you with such warriors who laid down their lives to save nature. Meet Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan Dr. Anil Joshi. Jagran New Media's Associate Editor Amit Sharma and Deputy Editor Vivek Tiwari spoke to Joshi.
Dr. Anil Prakash Joshi is an environmentalist, green activist, and the founder of Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation (HESCO), a Dehradun-based voluntary organisation. His work majorly includes developing sustainable technologies that are ecology inclusive economy for ecosystem development. He has coined G.E.P (Gross Environmental Product), an ecological growth measure parallel to G.D.P. G.E.P has been accepted as a growth measure by the state of Uttarakhand on 5th June 2021. He was selected as the man of the year by Week Magazine in 2003.
He is a recipient of the Jamnalal Bajaj Award and is an Ashoka Fellow. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2006, for his contributions to Indian society. He was also awarded Padma Bhushan, third highest civilian award in 2020 for environmental conservation in Uttarakhand. Dr. Joshi appeared in the Kaun Banega Crorepati, Karamveer episode aired on 25th December 2020.
Himalayan Environmental Studies And Conservation Organisation is a non-profit organisation, established in 2016 that works primarily in the domain of Gender, Water, Technology, Food & Nutrition, Energy & Environment, Education, Disaster Management, Child & Youth Development, Agriculture and Animal & Wildlife. Its primary office is in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
For the last 35 years, Dr. Anil Joshi and his team members of HESCO have been applying knowledge of the environmental sciences and simple technologies to bring consistent development to the rural villages of the Himalayas.
Their innovative and ecologically-sound solutions so far, have yielded outstanding results in their target regions, and have brought them national recognition, and recently international attention for their contributions to rural mountain development considering the pioneering work and philosophy of Dr. Anil P. Joshi and his HESCO team, armed with advanced knowledge of the environmental sciences and low-cost technologies.