"My job brings about real world changes that steers humanity away from possible extinction towards a bright future, powered by human ingenuity working in harmony with nature." Of course, change is slow, change is hard, it takes perseverance. But this is what I remind myself during the normalcy of day-to-day work. Having seen the changes that Greenpeace has brought about, changes that I have been part of, it's easier to have the faith to keep persevering.
While at one level my job is technical - about setting up websites, building systems, managing databases, writing code, it's also political and strategic. It's about devising online advocacy strategy and tactics that enable us to showcase public pressure on environmental criminals. I feel my work is that of a facilitator - enabling people to take action and demand changes from those in power, mobilising larger numbers of people, raising the level of activism in this country.
The thrill of being able to confront the vested interests in governments and corporates is not something one would find in any other job. I have stood in front of the US Embassy at Delhi in protest, I have argued with Ratan Tata at the Tata Steel AGM. But even when I'm not taking part in an action, I know that my work allows thousands of people to email, fax or call the powers-that-be and let them know that we will not allow them steal our democracy. It's powerful stuff!
Through my work I have learnt a lot about campaigning, and a lot about the problems that are staring humanity in the face. I've also learnt a lot about the solutions, and now I feel the time has come for me to bring many of these aspects of sustainable living to fruition at an individual level by working on an ecological farm. Hopefully it becomes a model farm that other farmers can emulate.
If you're a techie reading this and it excites you, perhaps you're the right person to step into my shoes. Drop us a line and let's talk.