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Ever been bothered by mindless development at the cost of biodiversity? Been shocked at irresponsible waste management? Witnessed illegal logging of trees? Have you felt the urge to DO something but have not known how? 

The ALC ACT Symposium aims to create a common ground for citizen campaigners from across the country to come and share their knowledge, victories, trials and tribulations. In this space,effective campaigning is carefully discussed and simple, powerful techniques are shared to help you gather know-how to be an informed, active and powerful citizen.  

The event kicks off with a 30 minute workshop on building effective campaigns, led by Jacob Cherian from Jhatkaa. In this power-packed session, you will learn what it takes to be an impactful campaigner, and how to create an effective movement. Following the workshop, we will dive into a 60 minute discussion, followed by a 10 minute Q&A with citizen campaigners from across India. 

We will be joined by Gabriella D’Cruz (Save Mollem), Yash Marwah (Let India Breathe), Arghadeep Barua (Save Dehing Patkai) and Divya Narayanan (Dir. of Campaigns, Jhatkaa). The event will be moderated by Vaishali Rawat.

Jacob Cherian is the Director of Engagement at Jhatkaa.org, where he focuses on citizen mobilization around climate and gender through on-ground and online events. In his role as the Director of TerreGeneration.com, he works with content and regenerative events that resulted in the planting of micro-forests, and the cleaning up of over 375,000 kilograms of non-biodegradable waste from 55 lakes, forests and beaches - all in less than 24 months. The Hindu newspaper named him as one of India’s 5 eco-activists of 2020. He is also trained to rescue and relocate snakes.

Gabriella D'Cruz is a marine conservationist with a Master's in Biodiversity Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford. She has spent the last ten years working in the marine conservation space in India specifically looking at the field of sustainable aquaculture and low carbon food. She is part of the Amche Mollem Campaign. 

Yash Marwah is a climate change campaigner, writer and communications strategist. He's the co-creator of the volunteer-run environmental communications collective -  Let India Breathe, that runs advocacy campaigns with communities affected by extractive development and the climate crisis. The collective has run multiple campaigns like Withdraw EIA Notification 2020, Save Mollem, Save Aarey, and so on. He is currently working on #NoExtensionsToPolluters, a campaign to ensure thermal power plants reduce their emissions as per the 2015 norms set by the Supreme Court.

Vaishali Rawat is a wildlife conservationist and writer. She has written on wildlife and environmental issues for various publications like The Hindu, The Wire, Deccan Herald, LiveMint, Conservation India, Sanctuary Asia and others. She previously worked on media and outreach with Wildlife Conservation Society, India, and later completed her M.Sc. in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from University of Oxford as a Felix Scholar. She is fascinated by wildlife and nature thriving in urban spaces, and also enjoys reading books about nature, ranging from natural history to fiction and children’s literature.

Siddharth Agarwal has been walking along India’s rivers, trying to document and bring stories of marginalised people and the environment into the mainstream. His organisation Veditum India Foundation hosts some of his work, along with efforts towards environmental research, documentation and accountability initiatives. 

Divya Narayanan has a background in public health and human rights. She has worked in the grassroots and digital space for environmental and public health issues for 10 years. She is currently the Campaigns Director at Jhatkaa.org where she manages digital campaigns on air pollution and climate change, gender and sexuality and other social justice issues. She is also a self-described "plant lady" and lives with over a 100 plants, and a tree, in her apartment in Bangalore.

Arghadeep Barua hails from Gauripur, a small town in Assam. A storyteller, musician, activist, and artist, Arghadeep recently completed a fellowship in community and wildlife filmmaking. He is an active and integral part of the movement to save ‘The Amazon of the East’: the Dehing-Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary.