Bharati Chaturvedi

Founder and Director
, Chintan Environmental Action and Research Group
Profile / Bio: 

Bharati Chaturvedi is a writer and environmentalist. She is the founder of the globally awarded, India-based non-profit, Chintan, which works on environmental issues, with the poor and women at the centre of its work. She has led Chintan to excel in the understanding and action of three linked issues: resource efficiency, circular economy, and waste, air pollution. Chintan is well-known as one of the first organizations in India to turn the spotlight on including the informal sector in waste reduction, waste management, and climate change. From its first report in 2002, Chintan has since worked on the issue with UNEP, UNDP, National Geographic, GIZ, state governments, and various arms of the Government of India. The work includes research, advocacy on one hand and practical solutions on the other. One example of this is Pick my Trash, which is a service run along with waste pickers, that collects plastics and e-waste from RWAs an office, recycling them safely. Bharati’s education includes a Masters in International Public Policy from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, which also awarded her the prestigious 2009 Johns Hopkins Alumni “Knowledge for the World Award”. She has previously received the globally recognized LEAD fellowship and is a fellow at the Synergos Institute, New York. Bharati serves on the Board of several organizations such as the Delhi Pollution Control Commitee. She has won awards for her leadership and work. These range from an award for the empowerment of girls and women by Hillary Clinton to one by UNFCC for the work on mitigating climate change. Bharati writes a popular column for the Hindustan Times, GreenPeace, on environmental issues. You can read her frequent writings in India’s leading publications: Indian Today and Scroll as well. She also brought out Finding Delhi, a book on the Capital City, published by Penguin India. Her passions include bird-watching and contemporary art practice. She writes on art occasionally.