To engage and empower youth in conservation education, action, climate sustainability and social change through the visual medium; and create a digital resource bank for wildlife, environment and indigenous knowledge. Through this process - initiate sustainable, alternate and aspirational livelihoods for individuals and the community that help build local economy and enterprise, with conservation of natural resources and community wellbeing at the core of it.
Develop the power of youth as change-makers, and reach a critical mass of Green Hub Fellows to affect systemic change that looks at ecological security as the bedrock of sustainable and healthy economy. Scale up ideas and action for a socially equitable and ecologically sustainable future for all, exploring and integrating technology as an accelerator.
A Fellowship for youth across the northeast, and subsequently other regions of India. The Green Hub Fellowship involves learning technical aspects of filming, editing, and storytelling; bringing to life untold stories of the land, people and generational knowledge. Representing remote tribal areas, marginalized communities as well as urban spaces - the Green Hub Fellows are envisioned to be catalysts of positive change, amplifying the idea of ecological security as the bedrock of a sustainable future. The Fellowship engagement continues to flow into the alumni network and the impact on the ground.
Green Hub started as a collaborative initiative of North East Network (NEN) and Dusty Foot Productions (DFP). The office was first set up in December 2014 in Tezpur, in the premises of ‘Jonak’, a home built by H.N Agarwala and Padma Agarwala. In earlier times the main hall was often used for film screenings for the family and neighbouring friends. To begin here was in some way destined, and is a blessing. The Green Hub project continues in the northeast as a partnership between NEN and Dusty Foot Foundation (DFF). Green Hub models are in the process of being set up in collaboration with other partner organisations in key geographical areas of India,
starting October 2020.
Dr. Monisha Behal
Founding director of North East Network (NEN), ‘Ben B’ as she is referred to by most, has pioneered several projects related to women’s development in the Northeast of India, and is one of the leading voices for women’s rights in India. She has travelled extensively in rural areas of the Northeast and written several papers highlighting issues around women. Ben loves music, animals and driving, and continues to work tirelessly travelling between the NEN Centres. For the Green Hub, Ben has been the big rock of support, and is a constant inspiration.
Founder and Project Director of the Green Hub Project, Rita is one of the leading environment filmmakers in India and an Ashoka Fellow ttps://www.ashoka.org/en-in/fellow/rita-banerji). Her work is grounded in using visual communication as a tool for conservation-based storytelling. She has been part of three Panda award winning films, including ‘The Wild Meat Trail’ in 2010, that kickstarted the outreach work in the northeast of india. She was awarded the National Geographic - CMS Prithvi Ratna award in 2017 and the RBS Earth Hero award in 2018 for her contribution to environment conservation through films. Rita also loves sports, listening to music, travelling, reading graphic novels and drinking tea.
Imrana moved to Tezpur from Delhi in January 2015, and for 2 years was a part of the core team that helped set up Green Hub. She contributed to the growth of the Green Hub program and also initiated the Green Hub Festival which has become an annual event. Imrana has been with Dusty Foot since 2007 and has worked in multiple capacities in both content generation and management of the organization. In 2018 she was awarded the WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarship for Nature Conservation, and The People and Nature Fund Fellowship 2018 for the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) - an international and executive program on Sustainable Environmental Management, College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, USA. Imrana is currently Director, Dusty Foot Productions (DFP) and is based in Delhi.
Bonti grew up in Shillong, and then spent many years in the tea gardens of Assam – involving herself in landscaping, growing flowers and vegetables and baking. She joined Green Hub in April 2015 and is the Project Lead at Green Hub. Being incharge of all the projects might seem to be a very hectic task, but Bonti is excellent in handling all the projects with a lovely smile on her face. Apart from being superb with her communication skills, she is the mentor and comforter for the entire team. She is the heart and soul of Green Hub and is the connect point for hundreds of applicants and fellows as well as the organisations working with Green Hub across the region. Bonti also loves travelling, gardening, listening to music and is also fond of various sports.
Neeharika has been with Green Hub since April 2016. She is the Program Assistant in Green Hub and she assists the admin as well as the programming team ensuring the smooth functioning of the everyday logistics of the fellowship programs. She completed her graduation from Darrang College in Assamese Literature and earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication and Journalism at Cotton College, Guwahati. She has also completed M.A. in Rural Development from IGNOU. Apart from being a dedicated and very sincere member of the Green Hub team, Neeharika is a trained Sattriya dancer and is excellent in Bihu dance as well. It does not take much for her to break into a dance at any point of the day. She is also a talented writer, penning stories and poetry in Assamese, and is also known to light up the work environment with her beautiful songs and melodious voice.
Rik started working with Green Hub in November 2018 and is currently working as the Accounts Officer. He completed his B. Com in Accountancy at Tezpur College. With his shy smile, Rik is a deceptively quiet presence at the office, growing a reputation for pranking his friends in the most unexpected ways and all the while keeping a straight face. Although he is always busy with his accounts part, yet he is always ready to offer his helping hand towards the other members of the team to help them with any assigned task. A multi tasker Rik has a ‘can do’ attitude for everything and is no doubt a dependable support system for Green Hub. He is also very fond of sports, driving, and food!
Bishal is from Tezpur and he completed his graduation in B. Com from Darrang College, Tezpur. He joined Green Hub as the Assistant Admin and Accountant in June 2022. Being in the field of commerce, he has always been interested to work with numbers and therefore, he feels blessed to share this skill of his with the people he works with. Experimenting with numbers and working as an accounts' person brings him satisfaction. He further wishes to explore more in this field and to learn and furnish his numeric ideas in the field of work. He is also interested in cricket, cycling, reading books, and listening to music whenever he is free.
Yadam is from a beautiful place called Seijosa located near Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh. She completed her graduation from Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar, and B.Ed from Arunachal University of Studies in Namsai. As her family has always been associated with the field of conservation, she too developed her interest to work in this field at a very young age. She joined Green Hub in April 2022 as the Program Associate, and before joining, she had also worked as their Field Assistant in the Pakke Revolving Fund Project for a duration of two months. Yadam is in love with plants and is very interested in gardening. She loves to meet with new people, to travel, to explore and learn from different communities and their culture. She plans to continue exploring newer places.
She is from Tezpur, Assam, and she joined the Green Hub family in September 2022 as a Program Associate. She completed her graduation in English literature from Darrang College, Tezpur, and post graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism from Tezpur University. Since she was a kid, she has been engaged in the field of animal welfare. Being able to help them by engaging in rescue missions independently, also working with people who share the same love and care towards the voiceless, and being ready to provide them with a shelter/home brings her peace and joy. To create a comforting world and safe environment for such angels is what she dreams about. Apart from this, she is interested in the field of content writing and has written various creative contents and articles earlier. Moreover, she further plans to use her writing skills for a better cause.
Subung Warner Phulari
Hailing from Dibrugarh, Assam, Subung Warner Phulari has joined Green Hub for an amazing new fellowship ‘The Responsible Tourism Fellowship Program’. Coming from a tourism background, he has joined Green Hub as the Project Coordinator for this new fellowship program. He completed his M.A. in MTTM from Tezpur University, Assam and has also worked as an Executive Trainee in Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA). Eager to work in the field of development, he is always geared to work for rural communities and conservation. He believes in pursuing the degree of life by being a student and messenger of nature and is further interested in extreme adventure sports.
Krishnaji as he is referred to by most, is the security in-charge for the Green Hub campus. He joined in October 2015 after having served forty years as a Warden and a Hindi teacher in Ramakrishna Mission School, Alo , Arunachal Pradesh. The Green Hub program runs 24/7 and Krishnaji’s steady presence over the years has ensured a sense of security , overseeing the fellows coming in and out of the edit rooms during late night shifts, and taking rounds of the hostel. He likes to ensure that each fellow on campus is well looked-after, remembering each person by name and seeing to it that everyone has eaten their dinner. All batches have special stories to share about their time with Krishna ji. Krishna ji loved playing football, he loves to dance and sing.
Ruma is this lively presence in Green Hub with a constant smile and ‘happy to do’ attitude. She has been with Green Hub right from the start and responsible for the cleanliness and maintenance of the Green Hub campus. Born in Khanamukh, she went to Khanamukh High School but could not continue with her studies. An extremely sincere and hard worker, Ruma’s main focus is providing a good education for her children. Her cups of tea are in great demand at Green Hub.
Rama has been with Green Hub since 2018. She is part-time and helps Ruma with her work. A quiet presence Rama is a happy addition to the team.