Ashish Kothari is an environmentalist working on development–environment interface, biodiversity policy, and alternatives. He is one of founders of Kalpavriksh, a non-profit organisation, which engages with environmental and development issues. He has been associated with peoples’ movements like Narmada Bachao Andolan and Beej Bachao Andolan. He has also been a teacher of environment at Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi.