NANDITHA CHANDRAPRAKASH

Growing up on the outskirts of Bangalore, Nanditha was surrounded by farms and plenty of trees. She spent hours absorbed in the grasses and their insects, mud and mushrooms, and the trees and their birds. These initial unfiltered experiences and love for all life motivated her to start noting down her observations: about the beauty of nature at first, followed by the adverse issues, both small-scale and large-scale, affecting the natural environment. She worked as an environmental writer for online platforms and wrote about Indian wildlife, researchers, biologists, NGOs, local communities, educators, etc. She simultaneously studied Environmental Law where, for her dissertation, she delved into and wrote about Indian climate change policies (and the lack of them) to protect the country’s biodiversity.

Nanditha hopes to take the stories found in new environmental discoveries, research and (mostly hidden) distresses – with all their nuances – in a relatable style to the masses, where the real power to make a change lies. Her ambition is to get involved through writing to reach a larger audience and spread awareness among all sections of the society about climate change, intersectionality, and threats to the biodiversity and indigenous peoples, thus influencing policymaking.

She is driven by the need to save the disappearing unique grasses, timely mushrooms, and the visiting birds of her past. She currently works as a content strategist for several companies but is mostly found taking photographs of all types of critters and plants wherever she goes, identifying them, and understanding their role in the ecosystem. Beyond this, she is an avid reader and a fascinated explorer and enjoys cooking.

 

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