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Pitching In

india Updated: Jun 05, 2011 00:08 IST
Shubhi Vijay
Shubhi Vijay
Hindustan Times
World Environment Day

India's youth brigade isn't the only one riding the eco-friendly wave. Whether it is working as interns or setting up entrepreneurial ventures with a green edge, eco warriors from all parts of the world are setting up base in India.

1. Rachel Leven is a Fulbright scholar who is in the country to research on waste management.

Name: Rachel Leven
Age: 25
Nationality: American
Where: The Energy Resource Institute

Why environment?
I am interested in waste management systems. It can make or break your standard of living. I have researched in Egypt and America as well. I am interested in studying the difference between global systems.

RachelWhy India?

India, while dealing with the modern problems of consumerism , is trying hard to bring in green concepts like composting, recycling etc.I want to go back to USA and say look what India is doing and we can do it too.

What do you hope to achieve?
I plan to make a career in waste management globally.

2. Caroline Howe left the US in 2007 to make sure solar lanterns reach the smallest villages in India.

Name: Caroline Howe
Age: 25
Nationality: French- American
Where: Co- Founder and CEO of Loop Solutions, which distributes solar energy products in slums in and around Delhi .

Why environment?
As the world is getting deeper and deeper into environmental problems it is quite logical for more and more people to get active. The problems are becoming more visible and tangible. Technology has existed for ages I am interested in figuring out how to scale it up.

CarolineWhy India?

India is an exciting for me. It is currently making decisions today that USA and Europe made 50 years ago but they were the wrong ones. More and more people are getting involved in the green space. India is building more green buildings than USA and France combined.

What do you hope to achieve?
I hope to change the way people think. Even right now skepticism is changing to understanding. I want to see kerosene free villages.

3. Isabelle Roth wants to save the environment with business models and boardroom battles.

Name: Isabelle -Jasmin Roth
Age: 26
Nationality: German
Where: Director, Bridge To India (a green consultancy firm)

Why environment?
I chose environment because I want to bring about change. Green political parties started in Germany in the 1980s. I followed them. I am interested in it from the policy- making viewpoint to see how green concepts come into being

IsabellaWhy India?

I studied political science with emphasis on India and Pakistan. In a country like India, It is a great challenge to find solutions to some of the problems. As a company we are solution driven. India is interesting and exciting.

What do you hope to achieve?
I have been working on an Indo German Energy Forum. I want to establish that corporate cooperation is important for all green efforts.

4. Marion Couvrer stumbled upon India and Environment but now doesn’t want to let go.

Name: Marion Couvreur
Age: 28
Nationality: French
Where: Coordinator, Eco- festival and Intern, Kriti(NGO)

Why environment?
To be honest in the beginning environment wasn’t my goal. I just wanted to work in an NGO. I didn’t think India would have environment conscious NGO’s I assumed they would be for children and poverty only. I thought India is late in development but I was surprised when I got here.

MarionWhy India?

I wanted to work somewhere in South Asia. A friend of mine invited me to India and so I came here.

What do you hope to achieve?
I want the Eco festival to reach the youth. I don’t want to change all the minds in one minute but if one person learns something through the festival, I will feel like I have won.

5. Clara Kanner has been wooed by Delhi to save water for the nation.

Name: Clara Kanner
Age: 26
Nationality: French
Where: Communication Coordinator at Veolia Water India, a waste water service management company.

Why environment?
In France, during my studies I was involved in a charity association raising funds for sustainable development projects in Senegal, Africa where I really understood the meaning of water scarcity. I decided to change my own behavior by saving water and that it was time to make people understand that water is an essential resource.

Why India?

ClaraTwo years ago, I spent one year in New Delhi working as an intern for a French company. I discovered this challenging country which is growing fast and welcoming foreigners with enthusiasm.

What do you hope to achieve?
I would like to ensure that as many people as possible have access to safe and sustainable water. Protecting the water resources by reducing leakages and raising people’s awareness on the need to save water is one of my goals while working here.

6. For Liz, its not just about the environment, but about people as well.

Name: Liz Cooper
Age: 28
Nationality: British
Where: Communication Associate and volunteer for ‘Green the Gap’ at Swechha (NGO).

Why environment?
I have always been interested in ethical alternatives to conventional industry. Social inequalities need to be addressed alongside environmental concerns. Green the Gap aims to give fair working conditions to tailors.

Why India?
I came through Voluntary Service Overseas, a placement organization for NGOs. I’ve always loved Indian food and textiles and was keen to be able to experience the culture first hand.

Liz CooperWhat do you hope to achieve?

I hope to continue to work in a textiles initiatives with ethical objectives to pursue my interest in fair trade, and in environmentally-friendly product design.