One Earth Fellow, India, 2020
Vaishnavi Rathore is based in New Delhi, India and is an Environment Associate with The Bastion—a development journalism organization. Stories of environmental justice and democracy, governance of commons, forest and land rights specifically pique her interest. Before she ventured into full-time environmental journalism, she spent two years working on ground with communities and their relationship with natural resources. Her experience in the state of Gujarat with Foundation for Ecological Security exposed her to challenges of localizing governance, while working with forest dependent communities in the Himalayan landscapes of Himachal Pradesh introduced her to the Forest Rights Act. There, she was with Himdhara Environment Collective, and was involved in spreading awareness on the Act, facilitating its implementation, researching and advocating on it.