We are trained facilitators who have helped organization development through knowledge management and empowerment of teams in the sectors of food, waste, and administration. We have developed curriculum for study abroad programs specializing in sustainability. We are proficient in development of training materials and specialize in training programs in Organizational Development, Project Design and Management, & Team Work.
Bindu is an experiential educator who has taught courses and offered workshops in India, Europe, and USA since 2003. Her work was featured in the Educational Series of the Emmy-award winning documentary Journey of the Universe. As an experiential educator, she is skilled at designing and leading workshops for facilitating positive outcomes for the individual and the group. She is a trained “Stewardship Practitioner-Coach” who has led workshops for organizational development and also serves as a personal coach with training in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP).
Shradha is a facilitator for local communities in co-designing sustainable interventions and ecological approaches. She has worked in designing sessions in participatory action research, reflective discussion circles and research methodologies in gender, environment and climate action.
Consultancy, Research, and Writing
Action-research projects and publications for social and environmental justice
1. Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene Management
From the body of the woman to the body of the earth: Our passion for waste management flows simply from our desire to take care of the body of the earth as we take care of our own bodies. To that end, we have blogged, managed projects, and campaigned about the immense need for sustainable menstrual hygiene, inspiring both men and women in India to join this growing movement. We were among the pioneers to promote sustainable menstrual hygiene in India through campaigns such as Period of Change and Celebrate Menstruation.
Disposable Pads, Disposable Lives: This article by Bindu, exposing the devastating social impact of disposable pads, was an eye-opener for many, and one of the first steps in India for the call for better waste management practices regarding absorbent hygiene products.
National symposium on safe, hygienic and ethical menstrual hygiene management (SHE-MHM): India produces an estimated 9000 tonnes of sanitary napkin waste, which results in challenging problems of waste management and environmental and social justice. Bindu, during her tenure at earth&us as a sustainability consultant, was instrumental in helping design a national symposium on menstrual hygiene to discuss better waste management practices for this stream of waste and suggest sustainable alternatives. SWaCH and the TATA Center at MIT partnered in this ground-breaking symposium in 2014, where for the first time, there was a discussion among various stakeholders to tackle the problem of absorbent hygiene product waste. The symposium led to absorbent hygiene product waste being classified as a separate stream in India’s laws of Municipal Solid Waste.
Period of Change Campaign: A chance encounter on the Delhi metro with waste warrior Arpita Bhagat led Bindu and Arpita to host a nation-wide 5-week social media campaign with webinars, blogs, tweets, and quizzes to lobby for change in current practices in menstrual hygiene waste management. Shradha helped with back-end operations and went on to launch her own campaign in Kerala
Ecofemme’s Pads for Sisters: Bindu helped manage the project “Pads for Sisters” of Ecofemme, a leading cloth pad manufacturer, to assess the needs of the sector and formulate strategies for nation-wide distribution of eco-friendly cloth pads for sustainable menstrual hygiene management in the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) sector.
Shradha has long been associated with EcoFemme in the course of her campaigns, and currently supports their “Ambassador” Network of volunteers and individuals who are actively committed to promoting toxic-free reusable menstrual hygiene products and/or selling cloth pads, and ‘revaluing’ menstruation in their communities through campaigns, discussion groups, education and advocacy.
2. Urban Waste Management
Shradha and Bindu were instrumental in working with the Department of Town Panchayats (DTP) in Tamil Nadu on a Zero Waste Management project, under the aegis of the organization earth&us. They were part of a team that conducted a needs assessment in Solid Waste Management, in 22 towns in Tamil Nadu to develop Information Education and Communication (IEC) material for the client, DTP. Shradha played a key role in project management, handling logistical administration, organization, and client-communication. Bindu spearheaded the research for best practices in India and the world for different streams of waste. Bindu and Shradha collaborated in the writing of 7 training booklets, 2 manuals (Fundamental and Advanced manuals), developing the curriculum, and offering a workshop on waste management for government staff.
Documentary movies for social and environmental justice
Masika, Promoting Sustainable Menstruation: This is a documentary that informs women in India about the environmental and social impact of disposable sanitary napkins and suggests other alternatives such as menstrual cups and cloth pads. The film has evolved out of the work of Ecofemme and earth&us. Script and production assistant: Bindu Mohanty.
Why Millets Matter: This short film explores how industrial agriculture, which relies on water-intensive hybrid crops, has contributed to the loss of biodiversity and exacerbated climate change. Millets play a crucial role in the food security of the rural and tribal communities of India. A wide range of hardy, rain-fed millet provides nutrition to the rural poor. But these crops are increasingly disappearing with changes in land use and the failure of monsoon due to climate change, and consequently self-sufficient livelihoods are destroyed. The irony and climate injustice of this issue is highlighted upon the recognition that millets are internationally recognized for promoting resilience to climate change. Produced as part of Pipal Tree’s Climate Change Education and Awareness Programme, by Tom Mo and Bindu Mohanty.
Breathing under water: You could say that this is our ode to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, the gigantic, 25 million-year old ecosystem that our species murdered with its greed. Concept, script, production: Bindu Mohanty
3. Regenerative Cultures
We have expertise in social and environmental impact assessment of projects. We have helped design development projects in the Asia-Pacific region to foster regenerative cultures capable of continuous learning and transformation in response to the inevitable change.
Bindu was part of a team contracted by Berim, an Engineering Consultancy firm in France to submit to the French Agency for Development (AFD) an urban development and heritage conservation project in Yangon, Myanmar for funding. As the environmental and social assessment specialist on the team, Bindu produced a complete comprehensive draft for an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for the project. The ESMF included an analysis of the gaps between national legislation and AFD requirements—the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Standards for financing development projects; environmental and social risks of the project and mitigation of the same.
As consultants, we have helped grassroots environmental organizations in the Asia-Pacific region to foster climate justice through research, policy development and advocacy.
In her role as trustee and project manager, Bindu worked with Auroville Village Action Group from 1998-2004 to implement a project funded by Department for International Development (DFID), UK. The project focussed on women’s empowerment and rural development in 25 villages in the bioregion of Auroville. The project was highly successful in that the benefits to society arising from women’s empowerment continue to accrue even today.
Bindu was contracted by the Asia Pacific Forum for Women, Law and Development to write an advocacy brief with case studies for a change in policies in the management of multilateral climate funds. This resulted in a book titled, “Profits over People and Planet?” which advocates a rights-based approach in the management of climate funds. On the basis of case studies of climate projects, the book proves that the new global agenda of Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change when pursued with the old approach of neo-liberal capitalism, will continue to violate the rights of marginalized populations (women, human rights defenders,and indigenous people) in the South and lead to further destruction of the environment. Therefore the book advocates for an for an internationally recognized rights-based approach to the management of multilateral climate funds.
Shradha has worked with the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development to promote climate and gender justice in the region through evidence-based advocacy and campaign strategizing. She organized the sub grant program on feminist participatory action research for national and sub-national women’s right organizations and feminist activists during the years 2017 to 2019.
5. Research Papers
Strategic Review, The Indonesian Journal of Leadership, Policy and World Affairs: Global Perspective, 2019, ‘Climate Justice: A feminist fossil fuel-free future’ (Author: Shradha Shreejaya/APWLD)
Green India, Strategic Knowledge for Combating Climate Change: e-proceedings, 2014, ‘Examining the Influence of Climate Change Impacts on Agrobiodiversity, Land Use Change and Communities: An Empirical Experience from Wayanad-Kerala, India’ (Authors: Armando Gaetaniello, Nidhi Nagabhatla, Shradha Shreejaya, KV Devi Prasad)