Denisha Anand is a researcher and intersectional environmentalist currently employed as the biodiversity restoration project manager of a 109ha wetland system in Cape Town.
A progressive environmental educator and advocate for restoration and rehabilitation of neglected biodiversity areas associated with BIPOC, she is completing a Masters Degree in environmental humanities, with a focus on intergenerational plant-human practice and intimacies, at the University of the Western Cape. Her talk on our TEDxCapeTown stage will bring to light a thought provoking idea that our custodianship allows us to reclaim natural and cultural heritage through simple acts of care.
We asked Denisha a couple of questions to help you get to know her, before she takes the TEDxCapeTown stage.
What do you hope to gain from this experience?
I hope to inspire others to take action through care. On a personal level, I hope to gain more confidence and experience in public speaking in order to share my knowledge widely and creatively.
What's your X? AKA: What's something you're really great at?
I collect indigenous plant medicine for personal use.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
If you had a superpower what would it be?
My super power would be reviving natural systems using green light from my magical crystal ring.
If you could time travel, where would you go?
I’d go back to the 1880s to make sure nobody starts using coal to generate electricity. I'd also go back to the 1600s and destroy the ships coming to colonise South Africa.