About MeI am a conservation biologist, writer and facilitator. I have worked on research, conservation, restoration, planning and stewardship projects with communities + read more and organizations on the coasts of Canada and in 12 other countries. In my work and writing, I combine my passions for ecological sustainability and inter-cultural understanding. My worldview and approach to science are heavily influenced by teachings from my Indian heritage and from Indigenous knowledge holders. My 40+ publications reach a diversity of audiences. I was born and raised in the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Attiwonderonk, Anishnabewaki, Mississauga and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations and currently based in unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territory. Show Less

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    Literature Types
  • Middle Grade Nonfiction
  • YA Nonfiction

Published WorksOne Earth profiles Black, Indigenous and People of Color who live and work as environmental defenders. Through their individual stories, the book shows that the intersection of environment and ethnicity is an asset to achieving environmental goals. The twenty short biographies introduce readers to diverse activists from all around the world, who are of many ages and ethnicities. From saving ancient trees on the West Coast of Canada, to protecting the Irrawaddy dolphins of India, to uncovering racial inequalities in the food system in the United States, these environmental heroes are celebrated by author and biologist Anuradha Rao, who outlines how they went from being kids who cared about the environment to community leaders in their field. One Earth is full of environmental role models waiting to be found.
Speaking InformationOne Earth Workshops:
One Earth sessions are always interactive! The program can be adapted as needed, but in general includes:
• An icebreaker or + read more stretch
• Brief story of the author’s journey
• Sharing the faces and words of environmental role models
• A reading from One Earth
• Participatory activities:
o Elementary through secondary: The focus is on encouraging children and youth to think about and express their own or their family’s connections to nature through meditation, movement and art.
o Post-secondary and adult: Activities are tailored to the audience and can involve small group work, plenary sharing or personal reflection to explore ideas such as how we connect to role models, the natural world and each other.
These activities can have options for inclusivity, for example verbal, visual, written and anonymous participation. Advance correspondence with teachers or coordinators is preferred to enable the workshop to meet participants’ and educators’ needs.
Rate: sliding scale $250-$350 per session + GST.

Custom workshops:
Trained in participatory facilitation and experienced in delivering presentations and workshops for all ages, Anuradha can tailor a workshop to the needs of any group from youth to adults, following advance discussion with group leaders. Potential presentation and workshop topics include (but are not limited to):
• connecting with nature
• pathways to careers in conservation and the environment
• the intersections of science, environment and culture
• from interviewing to storytelling
• the art and science of writing grant proposals and reports
Rate: Variable depending on length and complexity.
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    I will visit:
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Gulf and Vancouver Islands
  • Thompson Okanagan
  • Northern British Columbia
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
  • Kootenay Rockies
  • The Territories
  • Canada - beyond BC
  • USA
  • International
  • Virtually

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • High School
  • College / University / Adult

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Awards and Recognition:Nominated for Forest of Reading's Yellow Cedar Award 2021
Kirkus Reviews, starred + show more review
Publishers Weekly, starred review
Pundit's pick for Quill and Quire's list of the 2020 Best Books of the Year
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens | 2020 | Commended
Quill & Quire Books of the Year | 2020 | Commended
Kirkus Best Books of the Year | 2020 | Commended
OLA Best Bets Top Ten | 2020 | Commended Show Less