She gave a shoutout to these Indian women for protecting trees and forests. In the post, Emma wrote, “Thank you for protecting our forests and trees! The women pictured here were part of the Chipko movement, a non-violent social and ecological moment by rural villagers, particularly women, in India during the 1970s. Here they are protecting a tree from government logging. The Hindi word Chipko means to ‘hug’ or ‘cling to’, reflected in the demonstrator’s primary tactic of embracing trees to protect them from loggers.”
Instagram users commented on the photo, thanking Watson for acknowledging the women’s fight. A person commented, “Thank you for representing India in a good way and positively.”
A person talked about the death of Sunderlal Bahuguna, writing, “Alas the man who lead the Chipko movement and gave it direction - Sunderlal Bahuguna - passed away from Covid related complications in May of this year.”
Chipko Movement started back in April of year 1973. The first protest was held near Mandal village, in upper Alaknanda valley.
Watson has been an actively working for environmental conservation for several years. At the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, which happened at Glasgow in Scotland, Emma hosted a panel on the topic of climate change, with young climate activist, Greta Thunberg.