Vasundhara Mitra - Eco Journalist
Starting her career as a business journalist, Sharada Balasubramanian has been a nature enthusiast and writer, and has been working in this industry for over a decade. Her articles have been published in reputed newspapers and journals on topics such as alternative energy, rural development, water, agriculture, conservation, ecology and business. As an independent Environment Journalist, she has written stories on subjects like resource- conserving technologies in Andaman, solutions to farming in drought- prone areas, how coastal communities in Tamil Nadu train for climate resilience, how geothermal energy lit up rural Ladakh and how super fans could reduce India’s carbon footprint, among others.
In 2013, Sharada Balasubramanian was one of ten journalists in South Asia to be selected for the Deutsche Welle Akademie Climate Change Reporting Fellowship. She was subsequently selected for the Science Journalism Fellowship from the National Centre for Biological Sciences. In 2014, she participated in the United Nations University’s workshop on water and energy, during the World Water Day event in Tokyo. She was selected as India’s only journalist at IUCN’s Young Scholars and Professionals Fellow in 2014 under Ecosystem for Life, an India-Bangladesh initiative. In 2015, she won the Statesman (Cushrow Irani) Award for environmental reporting.