Rucha Chitnis is a photojournalist, writer and founder of Changing the Narrative, a storytelling project of women and communities rising and raising their voices in the face of ecological and climate challenges and social inequities. Her stories and photo essays have been published in Yes! Magazine, National Geographic, Public Radio International, Truthout, among other places. Rucha also works as a storytelling consultant with philanthropic groups, elevating stories of hope and resilience of grantee partners around the world.
I am a board member of Saphichay because biocultural diversity and indigenous knowledge systems hold the key to many of our planetary woes. Saphichay is led by the creativity and wisdom of indigenous leadership and integrates youth and elder perspectives to strengthen local food systems and resiliency.
Indigenous rights and cultural survival is important to me because indigenous rights are human rights. It’s a question about justice and equality and righting historical wrongs by being in ally-ship with leadership of indigenous peoples rising around the world to decolonize, reclaim their rights, culture and way of living.