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Pipal Tree leads the charge in climate action with a forward-thinking strategy that embraces a comprehensive approach. They emphasize the intertwining dynamics of socio-economic, cultural, and ecological factors, surpassing the limitations of traditional environmentalism. Pipal Tree's vision extends beyond the reduction of carbon footprints, acknowledging the necessity of a delicate balance in addressing the multifaceted challenges of sustainability.


By integrating considerations for social well-being, economic resilience, and cultural preservation, Pipal Tree charts a course towards a holistic future.

Their approach envisions more than just environmental solutions; it envisions the fortification of communities and the recognition of the intricate interdependencies shaping our world. Pipal Tree pioneers a transformative model where the coexistence of humanity and nature is not merely sustained but flourishes.


This blueprint for a just and sustainable future emphasizes the interconnectedness of societal, economic, and cultural elements, fostering a world where both people and the environment thrive in a harmonious dance of mutual support.

With the Millet Sisters programme, we center the role of women farmers in promoting millet cultivation who are much more conscious of securing family food security and enable more holistic farming practices. Traditionally, women’s knowledge and conservation of seeds, storage of seeds, farmyard manure, etc has been the key, but this knowledge is not appreciated and supported enough, and so there is erasure of this wisdom.


Within subsistence families too, women hold greater knowledge of `uncultivated foods’ like greens and tubers that can support higher nutrition and enlarge the food basket.


Community Leadership Programme trains leaders from the communities so that they become more knowledgeable about government schemes and programmes, can actively participate in gram sabhas, access government schemes and programmes and eventually be able to have a bearing on Sustainable Development, Forest Rights/Land Rights/Biodiversity Conservation, and lead the community towards consistent bottoms-up climate action.




The core focus is motivating and supporting the panchayats to run special gram sabhas for children as mandated in the PRI Act. So far we have run two such gram sabhas and hope to organize three more. To organize these gram sabhas the field team closely works with schools, teachers and panchayats. We have also been setting up kitchen gardens in schools and seed banks. Our efforts have been met with great enthusiasm and several panchayats have already shown great interest to continue to work on these lines. With time, our vision is to increasingly integrate deeper climate education initiatives within these sabhas.

Build networks among individuals and communities in South Asia to enhance peer-to-peer learning on climate change.


It will –

  1. Provide thoughtful and well-researched information in various innovative formats;

  2. Provide not-so-common insights into connections between climate change and equity, justice, culture, religion and sustainable communities; and

  3. Educate participants on replicable projects and ideas on climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience


To provide a conducive participatory learning environment for tribal girls and boys, Pipal Tree focuses on creating safe spaces for grassroots learning and demonstrable practices. We run about 22 Children’s Learning Centers, a dedicated Girl’s hostel, and support local schools in learning on climate change and its effects on community, all in the HD Kote Taluk of Mysuru district (Karnataka state).


These spaces help tribal children to learn on their own terms, and to express their knowledge and creativity in meaningful ways which also then allow them to explore sustainable livelihoods for themselves in the long run.



Pipal Tree hosts multiple workshops and conversations throughout the year that engage a diverse set of participants from across India in intentional cross-cultural dialogues to deepen our understandings around the themes of climate action and interfaith peacebuilding.


Using multimodal activities, exercises, lectures, films, and more we aim to enable an overview of the health of our ecologies and politics and how impactful actions can be undertaken in our respective contexts, founded on a deep ethic of collaborations and solidarities for each other’s struggles.

Pipal Tree believes in holistic climate action strategy, intertwining socio-economic, cultural, and ecological factors. Going beyond traditional environmentalism, they envision a future where the synergy of humanity and nature creates a just and sustainable world.


Our current programs include:

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