A Way of Life - Sustainability and Indigenous Communities
About the Live Session
Sustainability in Indigenous Communities - The coincidence of interests characterizing the indigenous peoples' movement and the international lobby for better management of natural resources has been apparent for some time. The ways of life (cultures) of indigenous people which have evolved locally and are based on sustainable use of local ecosystems; such lifestyles are often at subsistence levels of production and are seldom a part of the mainstream culture of their country, though they do contribute to its cultural wealth.
About the Panel:
Niharika Elety, Designer & Sustainability Advocate
Niharika is a creative artist and aspiring designer whose work explores sustainability through intersections of fashion, art, culture and social justice. Her platform looks to revive and incorporate Indian heritage and to bring inclusivity to the sustainable fashion movement. She is also passionate about amplifying voices of BIPOC communities that have been erased and silenced.
Ashish Birulee, Independent Photojournalist and Anti-nuclear Activist Ashish Birulee is the first international photojournalist from the state of Jharkhand, India whose work on uranium mining and radiation poisoning has been displayed in Brazil, Canada and Japan. He's among the founding members of Adivasi Lives Matter and is an active content creator. He is digitally cataloguing the culture of his 'Ho Adivasi' community through Adivasi Awaaz (voice) and is a TedX speaker.
Ankush V - International Communications Consultant, Adivasi Lives Matter
Ankush is an international nonprofit coach and has trained over 250 nonprofits to use social media more effectively. His expertise in mentoring underrepresented grassroots indigenous communities to share their stories through various digital means gave birth to Adivasi Lives Matter. When he is not traveling in indigenous communities and learning the art of minimalist living from them, he can be found hiking Himalayan peaks or experimenting with different cuisines in his kitchen in Austin.