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Alison Singer has been a student and a teacher, watches sunrises and sunsets, likes cats but has dogs, and is  committed to improving the state of the environment through scientific research and political action. Originally published on Worldwatch’s “Is Sustainability Still Possible?”

Website: sustainabilitypossible.org

Andy Atkins argues that it is only by realising the links between environment, development and human rights that we can make a better world. 

Barnali Gosh is a landscape architect and Anirvan Chatterjee is a teck geek and the founder of Bookfinder.com. They are enjoying being back home in Berkely where they continue to work on transportation and climate justice issues

Arthi is a teacher with Prakriya Green Wisdom School. She also conducts Balvihar classes for children to live consciously and sensitively to the world outside and within them. A nature lover, she belives that every small difference made will pave the path to bring about change

Aruna Kalahastri is an anti-GM activist; she is passionate about photography and interacting with young adults on pressing issues facing our world. You can write to her at aruna.kalahastri@gmail.com.

Ashish Kothari is a well-known biodiversity expert and the founder member of Kalpavriksh, a 30-year-old environmental research and action group.He has been a member of people’s movements against destructive development projects including the Narmada dams. He coordinated the Technical and Policy Core Group to formulate India’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.

He is also a member of the Panel of Advisors of Bhoomi College.

Ashwin mohan is the head coach at Shootfighters Mixed Martial Arts Gym. He can be contacted at ashwin@shootfighters.org

Bharat Mansata is an author- editor- activist and a co-founder of ‘Earthcare Books’ (Kolkata), involved in environmental and sustainability issues for over two decades. He most recently authored ‘The Great Agricultural Challenge’ and ‘Organic Revolution’. Email: earthcarebooks@vsnl.com

 

Brian Goodwin teaches at Schumacher College in Devon, UK. He has written a number of books, including Nature’s Due.

Minchu is currently studying in Class 11. His passions are reptiles, trekking and photography

A world where the last white rhinos age in zoos is also a world of war, racism, poverty, and ecocide. It’s impossible for one to exist without the others. All are part of the same unholy matrix.

Claude Alvares is a renowned environmentalist based in GoaIndia. He is the editor of the Other India Press, an alternative publication based in India. The Director of the Goa Foundation, an environmental monitoring action group, Claude Alvares got his PhD from the Technische Hogeschool, Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, in 1976. 

Daily Dump is a pioneer of designing and building solutions that enable everyone to participate to keep the city clean.

Dasarathi is a mechanical engineer by profession and the founder director of a company that makes products for a computer company - Aided Manufacture. He does whatever possible to reduce his impact on gaia.

Devinder Sharmais a Food and Trade Policy analyst. He chairs the New Delhi-based Forum for Biotechnology & Food Security. His blog Ground Realitycan be read at devinder-sharma.blogspot.com.He is also a member of Bhoomi Advisory Board.

She is the Co-founder of Fractal Foundation which is focused on enhancing the productivity and competitive edge of small and medium enterprises through innovation.

Dr. Mercola finished his family practice residency in 1985 but was trained by the conventional model. Initially, he treated many symptoms with prescription drugs and was actually a paid speaker for the drug companies. But as he began to experience the failures of this model, he embraced natural medicine and over the last thirty years has applied these time tested approaches successfully.

Over 15 years ago he founded Mercola.com to share his experiences with others. He’s also written two NY Times bestselling books, and has had frequent appearances on national media including the Dr. Oz show and major news channels.

Mercola, J. “Pope Francis, Neil Young, and 100,000 Beekeepers Take a Stand Against Toxic Agriculture” Retrieved July 1st, 2015, from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/ articles/archive/2015/06/30/beekeepersgenetically-modified-crops-toxic.aspx

She has been associated with Rishi Valley School, KFI, Ananthpur Dist AP

Dr. V.S. Sreedhara is a Professor of English at Vijaya College, Bangalore. He is also a human rights activist, and has edited numerous books.

 Dr. Vijaya Venkat, health activist and pioneering founder of the Health Awareness Centre in Mumbai.

Duane Elgin  is an American author, speaker, educator, consultant, and media activist.

Durga Sitaraman is a teacher in Prakriya Green Wisdom School.

Co-founder of the 2nd Green Revolution initiaitve, Eric Wilson is a PhD candidate at the University of Colarado Denver's School of Education and Human Development. His doctoral disseration looks at building as teaching tools.

Read more at http://2ndgreenrevolution.com/about/writers/#ixzz2xkzq2c

She is the author of many books including “Diet for a Small Planet”. She is the founding Principal of the Small Planet Institute and was named James Beard Foundation’s 2008 Humanitarian of the Year.

G.Gautama is the director - Secretary of the Chennai Education Centre (Paathshaala and Outreach) of the Krishnamurthi Foundation of India (KFI). He was Principal of The School, KFI from 1991 to 2009, where he guided several initiatives such as Active Learning, Mixed Age Group Learning in Junior and Middle school and a dynamic and wide learning programme for High School students.

 

Gagana N.V. a student of Holistic Eduction course at Bhoomi College, Bangalore, is presently experimenting with simple and sustainable ways of living. She is strongly inclined towards reading, writing  and poetry.

is an author and regular contributer  for The Guardian

Gyan Sagar is a sanyasi, disciple of Swami Satyananda Saraswathi who over the last 30 years has attempted to discover the Univers within the local and also embrace the local with the universe.

His interest lie in promoting organic farming, permaculture, inner peace and cultural diversity. He lives on planet earth and sometimes has the luck and chance to help out at Bhoomi College.

Helena Norberg-Hodge is an analyst of the impact of the global economy on cultures and agriculture worldwide, a pioneer of the localisation movement, and the articulator of the core ideas of Counter-development. She is producer and co-director of the award-winning documentary, The Economics of Happiness and is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC).

Herbert Girardet is co-founder of the World Future Council. His ten books include Earthrise (1992), The Gaia Atlas of Cities (1992), Creating Sustainable Cities (1999), Cities, People, Planet (2004), Shaping our Future (2005), and Surviving the Century (2007). In 2003 Girardet was the inaugural Adelaide Thinker in Residence, advising South Australian Premier Mike Rann on his government's sustainability policies and how to reduce Adelaide's carbon footprint. Girardet advised Rann on his urban forests,[1] Zero Waste,[2] recycling and renewable energy policies. He has produced 50 TV documentaries on sustainable development and is a recipient of a UN Global 500 Award "for outstanding environmental achievements".

Homayun Taba is a writer, painter, educator, organizational consultant, Homayun Taba lives in Mumbai.

Ipshita Maitra is a writer and film director. In 2007, she founded Nation Tomorrow - an organization that focuses on social media. Over the past 5 years she has made films on various social issues. She’s active photographer, traveler, poet & conservationist.

A filmmaker for over a decade, Janaki Lenin founded Draco Films (along with Romulus Whitaker) and produced more than a dozen films for National Geographic Television. Currently, Janaki finds herself forging a new identity as a book publisher and writer. Her focus, as publisher, is mainly on producing world-class field guides to the fauna of India and making them available in 15 Indian languages at subsidized prices. She has written on a wide range of wildlife and conservation subjects for national newspapers, wildlife and travel magazines. She facilitates a working group of primatologists which drafted a national Action Plan for nuisance primates. She is also drafting an action plan for the mitigation of human-elephant conflict in India in collaboration with Asian Nature Conservation Foundation, Bangalore. Janaki is currently working to enlarge the scope of this initiative to include other animals caught in conflict situations with humans.

Jayawant Bharadwaj is an engineer who was earlier with Microsoft. He has now dedicated his life to community based activities and yoga.

Dr. Jeevan Kumar is the Teacher of Political Science and Gandhian Studies at Bangalore University. Dr Kumar is  currently the Director of the Centre for Gandhian Studies at Bangalore University.

 

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Jo Confino is an executive editor of the Guardian and chairman and editorial director of Guardian Sustainable Business. He was Wall Street correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and  subsequently the finance and business news editor for the Guardian.

 

 Joanna is an environmental activist, author, scholar of Buddhismgeneral systems theory, and deep ecology. She is the author of eight books

John Seed is an Australian environmentalist and Director of the Rainforest Information Centre which successfully campaigned to save the sub-tropical rainforests of New South Wales. He is also a prominent figure in the deep ecology movement and co-creator of the Council of All Beings, along with Arne Næss and others.

Julian Cribb is the Principal of Julian Cribb and Associates, specialists in Science Communication, Australia. He has been a journalist and writer for various Australian newspapers and edits Australian R&D Review and ScienceAlert.com.au. His website is http://www.sciencealert.com.au/

Call them 9972072430 or email jackson@srishti.ac.in for more information. Jyotsna Belliappa

K.C. Raghu is a food technologist and the Managing Director of Pristine Organics Pvt. Ltd. He is deeply interested in organic farming and has written several articles and papers and publishes a journal “Food and Nutrition World”

Karthik is a concerned citizen of India. He is an independent strategy consultant with over 30 years of business experience in India.

Kaushik stepped out of his management career to try and reclaim what it means to be alive. He has since been a wandering student with no affiliation or address, and many questions. You can write to him at kaushik.ramu@gmail.com

Lavanya Keshavmurthy is committed to working towards equitable and sustainable development through responsible use of resources.

Her current focus areas are urban waste management and transport.

Liz Hosken is the Director and the cofounder of the Gaia Foundation, working on ecological and social justice. (http://www.gaiafoundation.org/)

Luc Sala is a Dutch writer about ritual, sacred journeys and cyberspace.

This article features in Resurgence & Ecologist issue 294 January/February 2016 and is reprinted courtesy of The Resurgence Trust. All rights to this article are reserved to Resurgence & Ecologist. 

Manish Jain is the founder-coordinator of Shikshantar Andolan which has been significant in shaping the larger unschooling movement in South Asia. His passion is in the areas of organic farming, healthy cooking, zero waste living and community media.

Manu Sharma is a consultant who studied markets and created portfolios in sustainability servicesand renewable energy investment, environmental activist and campaigner. He currently lives in Delhi, Gurgaon.

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She is a writer and cofounder of the Berkana University a charitable foundation that strenthens communities by harnessing the wisdom already present in their people, traditions and environment.

Marianne de Nazareth is a freelance writer and adjunct faculty, St. Joseph’s College of Media Studies and COMMITS. She is also a media fellow with the UNFCCC, UNEP & the Robert Bosch Stiftung and travels the world covering Climate Change and its effects on Biodiversity and the planet

Mark Boyle is founder of The Freeconomy Community. www.justfortheloveofit.org

Michael Ableman is a farmer, writer and photographer specializing in sustainable agriculture.

 

is senior editor at the Center for Ecoliteracy and the primaryauthor of the Center’s book, Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability and Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World.

Michael Pollan is an American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. A 2006 New York Times book review describes him as a “liberal foodie intellectual.”

For more articles visit: www.michaelpollan.com

Shiva has made many remarkable efforts in order to make this world a better place to live in. She has been associated with civil society bodies and has been part of many government committees representing the voice of masses.

Monisha is the founder of RUR. She has a master in industrial engineering and engineering management from Stanford University.

Nalini Jayaram is an artist, poet, and teacher at the Valley School, Bangalore

Dr. Nandita Shah is a doctor who believes that we are the cause of our disease and we can reverse it. She has helped hundreds of patients to reverse their diseases and embrace true health through her workshops and cooking classes. She is the founder of the organization, SHARAN (Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals and Nature). www.sharanindia.org. Dr. Shah may be reached at nandita@sharan-india.org.

Nicholas Carr is a columnist and author of many books. His latest release is ‘The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains’. He writes on the social, economic and business implications of technology.

Nivedita Khandekars an independent journalist based in Delhi. She writes on environmental, developmental and social issues.

P V Satheesh is the Director of the Deccan Development Society (DDS) in Hyderabad and the National Convenor of the Millet Network of India. DDS is a grassroots organization working in about 75 villages with women’s sanghams (voluntary village level associations of the poor) in the Medak District of Andhra Pradesh. For more details contact: P.V. Satheesh on satheeshperiyapatna@gmail. com or Vatturi srinivas on vatturisrinivas50@gmail.com

Pankhuri Singh has worked with WWFIndia as a researcher studying humanwildlife conflict in the Terai Region and EIA of large hydro-power projects in the North East Himalayas. At present, she is working in the fields of theatre, art, ecology and education. She can be contacted at pankhuri.ses@gmail.com. Her artwork can be accessed on www.awaraaart.wordpress.com

Partap Agarwal was an anthropology professor at Colgate University in upstate New York for a good part of his active working life. He is now retired and lives in Whitefield, Bangalore, and at Navadarshanam in Tamil Nadu. For about 16 years he has been writing a weekly story – ‘The Harvest’ (upto 2006), which has been published in 4 volumes.

Patralekha Chatterjee is an independent columnist with DNA.

Philip Franses, a scholar and teacher of Complexity Science at Schumacher College, UK. Academia’s dull explanationof the world inspired Philip on a counter-journey into the depths of experience, travelling and a re-sensitisation to quality. Philip edits the Holistic Science Journal and is also the convener of a successful inquiry forum called Process and Pilgrimage.

Piyush Manush from the city of Salem in the heart of Tamil Nadu, does not just talk or write about eco-spirituality, but has demonstrated that it can mobilise support for amazing ecological work.

Preetam Alex is a Social entrepreneur and the President of Youth ExNoRa India. He also offers consultation to some of the major social organizations across India and Europe.

Pushpanath 'Push' Krishnamurthy has three decades of experience at the edge of leading development work across three continents. 

With a background in development studies and agricultral science, Push has grassroots experience from regions as diverse as East Asia, Southern Africa, the Balkans and the Caucasus and India. Push is Senior Director at CSM(Centre for Social Markets - programmes and advocacy) where he leads CSM's work on sustainable coffee, developing partnerships with growers groups such as Karnataka Growers Federation

Email: pushpanath@btinternet.com

Pushpi is communication designer, illustrator, avid reader and day-dreamer based in Bangalore. She is particularly interested in food- cooking, eating, food shopping etc

Rajesh Rangarajan is a senior researcher at Centre for Developmet Finance (IFMR) engaged in research and advocacy around pollution, waste, toxics and health and is currently developing an online tool for tracking environmental monitoring.

Ramawtar is interested in self-healing practices, including herbal medicines, acupressure, and Reiki. He has been involved with ‘Swapathgami Network’ – a youth network which encourages learners to create their own paths of learning for the past 7 years. He has recently moved to an organic farm called “Krushi Teerth” in Madhya Pradesh, along with his family, to learn ‘Natu-eco Farming’.

Ranjan is an innovation speaker & facilitator. He has led and facilitated innovation initiatives in a large number of organizations across various countries.

Rema Kumar is a educationist with over 20 years of expereince. She has been involved with  Prakriya Green Wisdom School, Bangalore since its initial years. She is currently the Director, Bhoomi college.

A passionate teacher who has keen interest in deep ecology and education for sustainability.

Reva Malik has been working in the field of education and learning for the last 15 years, involved in projects on relooking at and reimagining learning spaces and natural learning. 

Co-founder of Existential Knowledge Foundation, she is working on research and revival of existential knowledge and integrating it in the learning spaces and processes. 

Ron Miller is one of the major thinkers and activists in the field of holistic education..He is currently the editor of ‘Education Revolution’. His website is  http://www.pathsoflearning.net

Rucha Chitnis is a photojournalist and writer, whose stories highlight the power, dignity and counter narratives of women and grassroots movements. Her photo essays explore how women of color, indigenous peoples and farmers are debunking the dominant narrative and shaping their own future and destiny.

Originally published on Vikalp Singam.

RUPERT is a Ph.D, is a biologist; the author of Science Set Free and The Science Delusion. He was a Fellow of ClareCollege, Cambridge University, where he was Director of Studies in cell biology, and was Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics inHyderabad. Visit www.sheldrake.org for more details on his book The Science Delusion

Ruskin Bond is a delightful children’s author and well-known novelist. He has written many short stories, essays and novels, all of which are reflective of the beauty and mystery of the beauty and mystery of the Himalayas.

S.U. Saravanakumar is a documentary cameraman and advertising photographer based in Chennai and specializes in wildlife documentaries.

www.saravanakumar.co.in

Sabita Kaushal holds a Masters in Ecology & Environment. She has also undergone courses in disaster management from the National Institute of Disaster Management. She has worked on projects dealing primarily with water and solid waste management. Sabita works with India Water Portal as a consultant. 

Sangeeta Khanna turns the wheel back  in time to give us a deeper look at Earthenware. 

Sangita Sharma is a self-contained organic farmer and a seed guardian based in Bangalore. Her trust Annadana Soil and Seed Savers conserves 150 varieties of organic open pollinated seeds. “From Soil to Seed” workshops are conducted regularly. Contact sangita@annadana.com for details

is a staff and multimedia producer for Edutopia magazine, a freelance journalist and avid international traveler. In addition to Edutopia, she has written for Wired Afar, Ode Yoga journal, Adirondack Life, change.org. KQED's Mind Shift and the Bold Italics, among other publications about education, travel, food, health, science, art and the environment.

Satish Kumar has been the guiding spirit behind a number of ecological, spiritual and educational ventures around the world. He is editor-in-chief of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine and co-founder of Schumacher College, UK Satish is also on the panel of advisors of Bhoomi College.

This article, featured in the March/April 2007

Resurgence & Ecologist (Resurgence at the time) is reprinted courtesy of the Resurgence Trust.

Visit http://www.resurgence.org for more

A new, updated edition of Satish Kumar’s book No Destination: Autobiography of a Pilgrim has recently been published by Green Books. It is available in the Resurgence online shop.

Seetha Ananthasivan has a deep interest in understanding how we can build communities which are coherent with Nature's principles. She is passionate about the development of eco-psychology as well as organic food and farming. She is Founder-Trustee of the Bhoomi College and Founder-Director of Prakriya Green Wisdom School and Bhoomi Network and Editor of the Eternal Bhoomi Magazine.

Shabnam Virmani has inquired into the contemporary resonances of Kabir through a series of journeys over the last six years through films, music and books. The project was seeded at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore where it continues to be located, and is supported by the Ford Foundation, New Delhi

Shanti Naik has been working for the last 45 years in the area of folk medicine, folk art and folk gods and maintains her own medicinal garden with 300 rare species, at Honnavar in the Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka. She, along with her daughter, Savitha Naik, founded Buda Folklore, to celebrate and preserve the folklore of the region. She has located and recognized thousands of species around the Western Ghats and coastal Karnataka and has documented over 300 varieties of folk drinks. She shares a few of her recipes with us here.

Shikha Shah has been working on water conservation and rural development activities ever since she joined TERI University for her master’s degree in Water Resources Management. Originally published on Ecoideaz.com. a magazine dedicated to green innovations in India.

Skye is too much of a nomad to know where she is from, but she's been formed by visions of mountains and rough oceans, rolling hills, wilde woods and blue horizon so wide you lose yourself in them. She writes travel stories and articles documenting social and environmental issues.

The revolutionary founder of SECMOL

Stephan Harding is the Resident Ecologist at Schumacher College, where he is also the coordinator of MSc in Holistic Science. Stephan is

the author of ‘Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia’, published by Green Books.

Sudharshan Juyal is a film-maker and an artist who loves using materials around him to create simple, functional and aesthetic craft.

T. Vijayendra lives on an organic farm in the western ghats or in the city of Hyderabad.  He has been deeply involved with various people’s movements and in causes for social justice and has written articles on a variety of subjects of topical interest in Hindi, Bengali and English.  

He has also written booklets on occupational health issues of textile and coal workers and on how to run hobby bookshops (in Hindi and Telugu). He may be reached at t.vijayendra@gmail.com

Tanaya Singh is associate sub-editor at The Better India. 

This article has been reprinted with permission from The Better India where it was originally published. 

TheBetterIndia.com is India’s only positive

news e-platform.

Thomas Moore is a psychotherapist and writer of popular spiritual books, including Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul. He also lectures in different parts of the world on spirituality, ecology, psychotherapy and religion

im Stobbs is an engineer in his thirties with two kids who decided working to 65 sounds like a bad idea. So at first he thought freedom at 55 could be good, but he changed his mind. He is now trying for a retirement date on his 45th birthday.

Tim also knows he does not need a lot of money to be happy. In fact most of the stuff he loves in life he can get for free from the library. So that is helping out a lot as he tries cutting back to find the perfect balance point between spending money and being happy. He is also author of the book ‘Free at 45: How to Retire Early & Happy’.

He blogs at http://blog.canadian-dream-free-at-45.com/

Trish Glazebrook is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University

Udeerna Karanam is the Founder & Creative Director of Verve Media Creations and the Creative Head of Youth ExNoRa International

Usha Jesudasan is a writer and journalist who has spent much of her life working at the grassroots, bridging the gap between people, cultures and faiths. She has traveled extensively and worked with people and children who have suffered violence.

Václav Havel is a playwright and politician. He was President of the Czech Republic and is a co-founder of Forum 2000. This article is based on the speech he gave in 2009 at the Forum’s fourteenth annual conference, where the main topic was Architecture and Urbanism. 

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned scientist, author and activist and Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. She is a visionary who has been battling for India’s food security and upholding farmers’ rights.

Vasant Jajoo comes from a telecommunications engineering background. He is currently exploring the meta questions behind “life” and “sustainable living”. He can be reached at vasantjajoo@gmail.com.

 

Venkatesh Hariharan presently works with Google. He was Corporate Affairs Director (Asia-Pacific) at Red Hat, where he worked with industry academia, government and the community to accelerate the growth of the global open source movement. In 2006, he was awarded the “Indian Open Source Personality of the Year” by the organizers of Linux Asia 2006. This article is adapted from an earlier version published in opensource.com, a Red Hat Initiative.

 

Venus Upadhayaya is passionate about democracy and politics in south Asia but reports on a wide range of topics. She has travelled to remote regions of India as a development worker and community media facilitator and is a strong believer in participatory approaches to grassroots governance and development.

Vinod Sreedhar makes music, facilitates workshops and indulges in photography. He organizes learning visits to Ladakh, Srinagar and organic farms around India. His website www.signposts.co.in is dedicated to helping people grow self aware and practice earth friendly living. For years now, people have demonstrated that the services people need can be offered for free. Websites like Couchsurfing and Freecycle have been hugely successful in connecting people who want to give with those who want to receive.