Create Your Approach: Urban Poor or Environmentalist. | Nalini Shekar | TEDxKanke


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While speaking about the importance of waste pickers in the economy Nalini Shekar quoted, “It is important to understand that when we talk about sustainable development, waste management is of extreme importance and we need to reduce it.” Adding to this she said, ” When I look at rag pickers, I look at them as people who actually work for the environment, the silent environmentalists.” A Co-founder and Executive Director of Hasiru Dala, Nalini found her passion in restoring the dignity of workers in the unorganized waste sector, improving their access to predictable livelihoods, and providing social security for their families. In 1997, she co-founded Kagad, Kach Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), union waste pickers in Pune. Her main focus is the inclusion of waste pickers in the Solid Wate Management process of Urban Local Bodies. She also lived in the United States for a decade where she worked on violence against women and children and also facilitated the passage of legislation to support victims of human trafficking in California. In a career of 33 years, Nalini won accolades including the Kempagowda Award 2015, from the city of Bangalore. She was chosen as one of the 100 women in India who have made a difference by This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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