GEN Council of Elders
Joss Brooks grew up in the Australian state of Tasmania, a place full of wild natural beauty and came to Auroville in 1970 after living in Europe and Africa. He joined the early pioneering efforts in land restoration at Auroville and founded the Pitchandikulam community in 1973 which is now a vibrant 60 acre forest with 800 species of plants in the grasslands, a nursery and an ethno-medicinal forest. In 2002, he embarked on environmental education to the villages by setting up Nadukuppam Environment Education Center in a village near Auroville. He also founded, Pitchandikulam Forest Consultants, a business unit to provide environmental restoration services and is currently directing the restoration bio-diversity at Adayar Ponga in Chennai.