Anirban Chakrabarti

Page - August 28, 2014
Anirban Chakrabarti, from Calcutta, studied Literature and Film Studies before dropping out of the master’s program and going after his actual calling, which is to save the world.

 

1. When did you start working with Greenpeace?

20th April, 2005.

2. Why did you decide to work with Greenpeace?

I needed a job, and I needed a job that won’t make me wear a tie and black shoes. My good friend, who just joined Greenpeace a month before I joined, sounded very excited about the organisation and the people. He told me that the Calcutta office was hiring people for fundraising. I thought of checking it out.

3. Please describe in detail the work that you currently do at Greenpeace?

I work on mobiles for the mobilisation team. I write content for our team’s communication; with our team, strategize and implement campaign projects to get substantial petitions using creative means to make Greenpeace’s voice stronger; provide enough quality leads for the fundraising team. I’m also working on a platform called Radio Sangharsh, which empowers people at the grassroot level.

4. What has been your most memorable moment at GP?

  1. Getting my first donation from a supporter in Calcutta.

  2. Having been kicked by a cop for a Greenpeace protest at Bombay House.

  3. Working at setting up the Turtle Witness Camp in Orissa.

  4. Having been given the responsibility of the Bangalore fundraising team.

  5. Organising a free rock concert with school kids, who volunteered to handle all the logistics, in Calcutta.

  6. 8.5 lakh mobile petitions for our Coal vs. Forest campaign.

  7. A full page anti-nukes ad in Hindi and Business Standard, a campaign that got 2 lakh petitions in 20 days, all for a campaign that’s perceived to be politically difficult in India.

  8. Mahan Sangharsh Samiti public meeting in Amelia Village, saw more than 1,000 people coming from far off villages, inspiring leaders from other public movements, to save Mahan forests.

  9. Launching Radio Sangharsh (www.radiosangharsh.org).

5. What do you like about working for GP?

I like the space given for ideas and the decentralized approach towards it. The long campaign projects where people are working with different skills to build a strategy for winning a campaign for the planet, and the unexplainable feeling after winning each milestone. I always found it magical the way our ever-harmonious supporters donate to Greenpeace after short conversations with some of us who they have never met before. And to me, this brings back purpose to dwindling beliefs in humanity (in a world torn with war-consumerism-inequality-hatred-religious brainwash-patriarchy)! Found some great human beings here at Greenpeace, some friends for life, a few leaders to always go back to!

6. Personally, how do you feel working here has changed you as a person?

From an agnostic youth, to a more agnostic man with a strong faith in nature. From a hopeless introvert, to leading a team of 30 fundraisers; from ‘I know that I know’ to ‘I know that I don’t know, but I want to know this!’; from a constant ‘no direction’ state, to ending the day feeling like I’ve given back to society and not complying to be a white collar criminal, not now, not ever.

7. If you were to describe your day at work, how would you describe it?

Most of the times, I don’t feel that I’m ‘working’, even in the middle of deadlines. That’s because I like what I’m doing because I’m doing it with the people I like and for the planet we want to restore with all its beauty.

8. What would you say to someone who is considering applying for a job at GP?

Just come and see it for yourself. It’s a life changing experience.