Passion Projects

The more I travel, the more passionate I feel about responsible travel, veganism, wildlife conservation, environment protection and women empowerment.

I’ve partnered with organisations whose work I admire, and leveraged my travel blogging and social media skills to drive the following “passion projects”:

REFORESTATION

A project to bring back our forests in Uttarakhand – fighting climate change while creating alternate livelihoods for rural Himalayan communities. 

(2019 – present)

About the project: Collaborated with Alaap – an Uttarakhand-based, female-led non profit – to support their reforestation efforts in some of Uttarakhand’s most backward districts. Using the revolutionary Miyawaki Method, these native mixed forests grow upto 30 times denser and 10 times faster than conventional forests and believed to have greater carbon sequestration potential.

  • Raising INR 1,50,000 to grow two mixed native forests in Uttarakhand, each with 300+ trees across 25 species, while creating temporary employment for 15-17 locals.
  • Channeling funds towards Alaap’s reforestation efforts through the sale of sustainable travel-inspired clothing.

I LOVE SPITI

An initiative to create awareness and alternatives for plastic bottled water in the Spiti Valley of India, with an aim to reduce non-biodegradable plastic waste.

(2017 – present)

“I Love Spiti” – How Travellers Must Help Save India’s Surreal Himalayan Desert.

About the project: Partnered with Spiti Ecosphere and fellow travellers/volunteers to fight the plastic bottled water (packaged drinking water) menace in India’s Trans-Himalayan region.

  • Built a lifesize “I Love Spiti” art installation using discarded plastic bottles to encourage travellers to pledge to say no to plastic bottles.
  • Held the world’s highest Instagram Meet to highlight the issue and discuss solutions.
  • Began the conversation with local businesses to provide alternatives to bottled water.
  • Partnered with LifeStraw to experiment with public refill stations across Spiti.
  • Project featured on Hindustan TimesThe Better India and Scoopwhoop.

VOICES OF MUNSIARI

A project to enable rural Himalayan storytellers to connect directly with the world through Instagram – resulting in India’s first Instagram channel run entirely by a village community. 

(2016 – present)

Sarmoli, Uttarakhand: A Himalayan Village Where Locals Run Marathons and Their Own Instagram Channel!

About the project: Collaborated with Himalayan Ark and Maati Sangathan to create @voicesofmunsiariIndia’s first Instagram channel to be run independently by a rural village community.

  • Trained potential photographers from rural Uttarakhand villages to use Instagram constructively.
  • Held a Photography and Instagram Workshop in Munsiyari to encourage more budding photographers.
  • Crowd-sourced smartphones to enable more creative minds to share their stories using Instagram.
  • Currently planning a photography exhibition to showcase the work of rural Himalayan photographers.
  • Project featured on Times of IndiaConde Nast TravellerHomegrownThe Better India and Business Insider.

VEGAN TRAVEL

An attempt to shed light on animal cruelty, and share the joys and challenges of travelling as a vegan.

(2013 – present)

Why I Turned Vegan – And What It Means for My Travel Lifestyle.

About the project: Since I decided to embrace veganism in my diet and lifestyle, I feel passionate about spreading awareness about the plight of animals that regularly make it to our dinner tables, wardrobes and travel attractions.

SOLO TRAVELLER (ASIA) SERIES

A blogging series to share the journeys of intrepid solo travellers from across Asia – typically under-represented in the online solo travel space.

(2018 – present)

Meet the First Solo Female Traveller from the Maldives!

Meet the Courageous Indian Woman Travelling the World Solo – On a Wheelchair!

Meet the Indian Software Engineer Who Quit His Job to Climb Mount Everest – But Not How You’d Imagine!

PARTNER WITH ME

If you’d like to collaborate with me to further one of the above causes, especially in a way that I can leverage my blogging and social media work, I would love to hear from you at shivyanath@gmail.com.