Famous Environmentalists from India

This is a list of notable or famous environmentalists from India, with bios and photos of the top environmentalists born in India, as well as popular environmentalists who immigrated to India. You might also be interested in celebrities who are saving the enivronment and famous Australian environmentalists. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Indian environmentalists then this list is the perfect resource. These environmentalists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known environmentalist from India is included when available.

If they're an environmentalist of India, they're on this list, which features people like Maneka Gandhi and Vandana Shiva. This environmentalists from India list answers burning questions such as,"Who are some Indian environmentalists of note?" and, "Who are the most famous environmentalists from India?" Since this a comprehensive list including some Indian environmentalists from history, these prominent environmentalists of India may or may not be currently alive, but they're all respected Indian environmentalists.


  • Anadish Kumar Pal (born 1963) is an Indian inventor, poet, and environmentalist.
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Delhi, India
  • Bhagat Puran Singh
    Photo: Bhagat Puran Singh Ji,Pingalwara / Facebook
    Bhagat Puran Singh (4 June 1904 – 5 August 1992) might have been born in Rajewal (Rohno) Ludhiana district, Punjab. Born into a Hindu family, he was given the name Ramji Das as a child. Later, while still a child, he chose to become a Sikh. Though he never finished his basic schooling, he became a writer, a (self) publisher, an environmentalist, and a philanthropist. He is perhaps best remembered for the home he founded in Amritsar, India, named Pingalwara, a home which long after his death, is still tending to the castaways of society: the sick, disabled and abandoned forlorn people. As a young man he decided to dedicate his life to the 'selfless service of humanity'. He founded Pingalwara in 1947 with only a few patients, the neglected and rejected of the streets of Amritsar. An early advocate of what we today refer to as the 'Green Revolution', Bhagat Puran Singh was spreading awareness about environmental pollution, and increasing soil erosion long before such ideas became popular. Pamphlets with his writings on various subjects, such as environmental awareness, were printed on re-used paper and freely distributed.He was honoured in 1981 by the Government of India with the Padma Shri award, given for exceptional and distinguished service in any field. (See List of Padma Shri award recipients (1980–89)) He was among the citizens of India who returned their awards and medals after the Indian army's attack on the Golden Temple in 1984. He died on 5 August 1992 in Amritsar.
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1904-1992)
    • Birthplace: Punjab, India, India
  • Chandi Prasad Bhatt (born 1934) is an Indian Gandhian environmentalist and social activist, who founded Dasholi Gram Swarajya Sangh (DGSS) in Gopeshwar in 1964, which later became a mother-organization to the Chipko Movement, in which he was one of the pioneers, and for which he was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1982, followed by the Padma Bhushan in 2005. Today he is known for his work on subaltern social ecology, and considered one of India's first modern environmentalist. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Prize.
    • Age: 89
    • Birthplace: Chamoli Gopeshwar, India
  • John C. Jacob
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    John C. Jacob (1936 – 11 October 2008) was one of the pioneers of the environmental movement in Kerala, India.
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1936-2008)
    • Birthplace: Kottayam, India
  • Kota Shivaram Karanth (10 October 1902 – 9 December 1997) was an Indian polymath, who was a novelist in Kannada language, playwright and conservationist. Ramachandra Guha called him the "Rabindranath Tagore of Modern India, who has been one of the finest novelists-activists since independence". He was the third writer to be decorated with the Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honor conferred in India. His son Ullas is a conservationist.
    • Age: Dec. at 95 (1902-1997)
    • Birthplace: Saligrama, India
  • Maneka Gandhi
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    Maneka Sanjay Gandhi (also spelled Menaka) (née Anand; born 26 August 1956) is a member of Lok Sabha, lower house of the Indian parliament. She belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party. She is also an animal rights activist, environmentalist, and widow of the indian politician Sanjay Gandhi. She has been a minister in four governments, most recently in Narendra Modi's government from May 2014 to May 2019, and has authored a number of books in the areas of etymology, law and animal welfare.
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: New Delhi, India