Chintan awarded France’s Human Rights Prize - Special Mention, 26 March 2014
Ambassador François Richier conferred France’s Human Rights Prize - Special Mention on the Indian NGO, Chintan Environment Association and Action Plan, represented by Bharati Chaturvedi, environmentalist and writer.
Established in December 1999 to address issues of sustainable consumption and environmental and social justice, this non-governmental association supports a vision for more inclusive, sustainable and equitable growth for all. Its mission is to reduce ecological footprint and achieve greater environmental justice through systemic change brought about through partnerships, capacity building at the grassroots, advocacy and research, and sustainable, scalable models on the ground.
On this occasion, Ambassador Richier highlighted the works daily undertaken by Chintan to increase awareness on environmental issues, specifically waste management, as well as the improvement of the livelihood of hundreds of waste pickers who collect dry waste around the capital. He underlined its advocacy efforts to propose policies that are more inclusive of the informal waste handling and recycling sector. Commending them for their commitment to changing the daily lot of scavengers as well as other stakeholders, he emphasized France’s engagement to support NGOs, which are key players for improving the livelihood of Indian people.