A crash course in changing the world.
I chose the case study of sacred groves in India. Sacred groves are zones in the wood or in the field with holy trees that are dedicated to a deity. A sacred grove could look like this:
The areas of sacred groves are getting smaller and smaller caused through farming activities or urbanisation. In this special case an endangerment of an area of sacred groves through a group of farmers who broadened their farming areas into and around the sacred groves could be stopped successfully.
The termination of the farming activities has been made able through communal action against the farmers and the commitment of the village community to conserve the sacred groves. The farmers have been excluded successfully from social events like birthdays, marriages and other celebration ceremonies. Through suspending them from the local social community and destroying the farmers' fences, the community was able to recover 90% of the former encroached area.
In this case, success has not been brought by local legislative authorities but by the collective activity againts the farmers.
I found a very nice blog post about these sacred groves in India with some interesting pictures. You can find it here:
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