The Himalayas, known for their natural beauty and cultural significance, were on the brink of neglect until Jyotsna Sitling stepped in. As the recipient of the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar Award, Sitling has dedicated her life to preserving and restoring the region.
"Cleaning Up the Himalayas: One Truckload at a Time"
Sitling's efforts began with cleanup drives, collecting a staggering 15 truckloads of garbage weighing up to 50 tonnes. But her work didn't stop there—she ensured that the garbage was sent for recycling and not just dumped elsewhere.
"Mobilizing the Community for Restoration"
Between 1997 and 2000, Sitling mobilised a community of nearly eleven thousand people across 82 villages to spend at least one day per year on the restoration of their villages. Her efforts were not just limited to cleaning up the environment but also included planting trees, building infrastructure, and promoting sustainable living.
"An Inspiration to All"
Sitling's work has not gone unnoticed; she has inspired countless individuals and communities to take action and make a difference in their own way. Her selfless dedication to bettering the lives of those in the Himalayas serves as an inspiration to all.
"Beyond Expectations: The Unwavering Commitment of Jyotsna Sitling"
Sitling's work is a testament to the power of one person's actions to bring about change. Her unwavering commitment to the betterment of her community in the hills, without expecting anything in return, is truly admirable. She has transformed the fate of the Himalayas, and for that, she will always be remembered.