Bahar Dutt Is A Conservation Biologist and Environment Journalist and the Winner of Over Ten National and International Awards. Her News Reports Helped Halt The Construction Of An Illegal Shopping Mall On The Yamuna Riverbed And An Illegal Mine In Goa. She Took On The Then Chief Minister Of Uttar Pradesh Who Wanted To Drain Wetlands Inhabited By Sarus Cranes For An Airstrip (And Won A Wild Screen - Green Oscar - Award In The Process). Bahar Has Run An Animal Ambulance For Injured Primates, Helped Build Rope Bridges For The Colobus Monkey In Africa, Studied A Troop Of Amazonian Monkeys At The World-Famous Jersey Zoo In The Uk And Worked For Over A Decade With A Traditional Community Of Snake Charmers Helping Them Find Livelihood Options In Tune With Wildlife Laws. Her Reportage Has Pushed The Boundaries Of Environment Journalism From An Obscure Segment On The Daily News To Prime Time Television. Broadcaster, Writer and Closet Baker, She Now Lives A More Ordinary Life in New Delhi with Her Husband and Dog Musibat.
This is a time of serious environmental catastrophes. Every year we lose thousands of species, even as others slip deeper into danger. The extinction crisis is well known; what is not are stories of people trying to turn the tide. In Rewilding, environmental journalist I documents stories of hope for India's natural world. I met people who are trying to conserve species not just by replenishing their dwindling numbers, but also by restoring their habitats in the wild. This means going to great lengths, from airlifting corals from coast to coast, to going undercover as a spy to check the availability of toxic drugs that wiped out a bird. In the process l earns that though it may not offer easy answers, rewilding can offer great rewards. And that news about the environment doesn't always have to be bad. We need to reach out not just to the environment activist but the ordinary citizen who crave green spaces, blue skies, clean water and air. It's time to create hope that by having some simple changes in daily life we can put pressure on Government.