Meera finds her connection with nature through restoration of degraded lands. She loves the opportunities Forest First has offered her to volunteer and work with communities in Wayanad and Kodagu. She speaks half Latin by uttering scientific names of tree species Forest First is conserving. She finds peace under large canopies of grandmother trees. Converting lands degraded by invasive species into rich biodiversity conservation plots has been her passion. She finds immense happiness in going back to every conservation site to find new evidence of natural regeneration.
P.C. Rajesh is a Mechanical Engineer and a Management graduate. He started his career as a mechanical engineer and then later switched to IT post doing the management education. He has been in the field of process and quality since 2001 and have been part of the quality departments at companies including i-flex, Ernst & Young and Volvo. He is currently working with Volvo India Private Limited. He has been part of many audits and assessments on frameworks including CMMI, ISO, SAS and Six Sigma. Overall, has an experience of close to 15 years in the corporate world.
At Volvo, he was elected as the Chairperson of the CSR and have contributed to initiatives related to environment and education. Have been part of many workshops related to environment and sustenance at Auroville.
Rajesh was part of multiple earth construction workshops and is planning to actively get into propagation of alternate earth constructions.
Rajesh has been into practicing a martial art called Aikido for the past 10 years. In addition to planting trees, his passion is to inculcate the right principles and ethics in kids for a better society and loves to work with kids.
Uma is a tree-hugger in the true sense. Second to none when it comes to passion towards nature, she lives an exemplary life as far as being conscious about her actions and their impact. She believes in the motto that small things matter the most and are the building blocks for greater good. Professionally an artist, she dreams of a world with unending greenery, free potable water and national parks abound!
Dhandapany an aspiring natural farmer, now an IT professional, only goal in life is to have good food & water 🙂 Food, which creates lesser impact to self and environment & try to retain the small percentage of water left with us. Believes in smaller self oriented actions and trying to adopt minimalist & localized lifestyle.
A software engineer by profession, passionate about nature. He tries to learn new technologies whenever an opportunity is presented to him. Most of his hobbies are connected with nature like trekking, bird watching, photography. . .
Mayank is a wannabe permaculturist who is also a wanderlust. Loves food and found his way to food forests in his quest to stay in health. Has a simple moto, “Live Life Tree Size!” and dreams of a life in the forests all the time.
Sushil found his connect to forests and nature through health. Further explorations made him realize Nature and us are the same, we are Nature, we are its part. He is in a quest to bring various aspects of living into practice.