Disha A Ravi, a Bengaluru-born climate activist who was arrested on Sunday, is the co-founder of Fridays for Future in India. She started her journey as a climate activist after seeing her grandparents, who are farmers, struggle with the problems of the climate crisis in the country.
‘We live in a country where dissent is suppressed. We in Fridays For Future India were labelled terrorists for objecting to the draft EIA notification. Only a government that puts profit over people would consider asking for clean air, clean water and a liveable planet, an act of terrorism.’, Ravi had told Auto Report Africa .
The 21-year-old had been vocal about climate and environment issues since her days in college. Her social media accounts show that she supported Green Peace campaigns, and called herself an ‘eco-feminist’. She currently works as a culinary experience manager with GoodMyIk, which is involved in making plant-based food accessible and affordable to people.
The Guardian also mentioned her in its article about young activists calling for urgent action against climate change. ‘We, the people from the most affected are going to change the conversation in climate negotiations and lead a just recovery plan that benefits people and not the pockets of our government,’ she was quoted in the British daily.