Fellows by Category

Organization: Awaaz Foundation

By facilitating a transparent, citizen-led movement to link urban development and noise regulation, Sumaira Abdulali is spearheading a movement against the pervasive environmental hazard of noise pollution. Through her organization, Awaaz Foundation, she has successfully proven that noise pollution need not be a side effect of urbanization and economic progress. She is rallying citizens and...

Organization: Draco Films

On the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Harry Andrews is developing the first national park in India to include local people as full partners in multifaceted conservation efforts that address sustainability for both natural resources and the economic activity of local populations.

Organization: Dishari

Kamal Kanti Banik links river conservation to the livelihoods of local nearby residents. He is restoring fish populations in the Muhuri River in northeastern India by motivating local fishermen to preserve freshwater diversity and the river’s health while improving their own economic outlook.

Organization: RACHNA

Manoj Bhatt is creating an income-generation based model of conservation which will generate supplementary cash income for rural families as well as revenue for community-based conservation projects. Manoj, through his organization, Research, Advocacy, and Communication in Himalayan Areas (RACHNA), is using tourism to assist in conservation and the greening of existing tourism infrastructure...

Organization: Sustaintech

Svati Bhogle has created a distribution system to counter the inefficient use of cooking stoves by street food vendors in India; enabling them to easily own fuel efficient stoves, save money on fuel, and earn a better profit. Built on ecological considerations, these improved stoves not only increase their income, but ensure better health conditions for vendors and their consumers.  

Organization: Reap Benefit

Kuldeep Dantewadia is enabling children to influence their environment through participatory problem-solving methodologies based on their schools’ and students’ environmental needs and concerns. Kuldeep is creating a new method of environmental education for children and youth by merging theory and practice, instilling the empathy, knowledge, skills, and experiences to identify and solve...

Organization: Nature's Beckon

Saumyadeep Datta is organizing indigenous youth groups to conduct conflict resolution and environmental preservation in the strife-torn northeastern region of India. They are establishing "people's sanctuaries" across the seven states in the Northeast and training ethnic groups to conserve their common forest heritage.

Organization: Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE)

Ritwick Dutta is restoring transparency and accountability to India’s Environmental Impact Assessment processes in order to protect the environment and at-risk communities from encroaching big industry. Through what he calls “environmental democracy” Ritwick gives citizens the tools to assess the impact of industrial development projects and challenge destructive practices.

Organization: Gokul Prakalp Pratishthan

In the 1970s Vasant Gangavane, a management expert from IIM and Wharton, returned to his village in Konkan, Maharashtra, to give his people what he felt they needed most -- the knowledge to manage their natural resources. In the process, he has set up several models of rural development.

Organization: cBalance

Vivek Gilani is spurring individual accountability to achieve a sustained balance in global carbon emissions. Vivek is creating a range of tools and solutions that enable citizens and institutions, measure their environmental impact, and transform it through informed consumption choices. 

Organization: SELCO

Harish Hande is uplifting underserved populations by selling, servicing, and financing clean energy that improves their quality of life. The ingenuity of Harish’s approach came from questioning three assumptions, namely, that the poor cannot afford clean and sustainable energy; they cannot maintain such systems; and, an organization cannot operate a commercial venture while trying to meet...

Organization: Appiko Movement

Drawing on over a decade of successful experience working with small local groups to stop large-scale lumbering and other forms of environmental destruction, Pandurang Hegde is now turning to the even harder job of helping them restore the land and establish new patterns of sustainable agriculture fitted to each area's particular condition. He's focusing initially on the areas once covered by...

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