Sister, story teller, lover of seeds - Interview with Simran Sethi
Simran Preeti Sethi is an Emmy Award winning journalist, who is also a teacher, environmentalist and strategist. She was named the Eco Hero of the Planet in 2007. This talented multi-tasker wears numerous other hats, most of them to do with preserving the natural environment. Read on to find out what makes her so dedicated:
1. How would you describe the woman – Simran Sethi?
Sister, storyteller, lover of seeds.
2. You have worked in the media and now you are an advocate for greener and sustainable environment. How and when did this transition happen?
Those two things are not mutually exclusive. I believe my role as a journalist, educator and strategist is to help shed light on information that is largely under reported.
3. Who are your role models in life?
People you may not be familiar with. Small farmers and mighty advocates all over the world who are fighting for the security and sovereignty of our food system.
4. What was your main learning as the Founder of SHE TV?
Everyone has a compelling story to tell. My responsibility as a storyteller is to help articulate it.
5. You teach courses on environmental sustainability, you have contributed to a book about ethical growing of a green economy and you are also the creator of a web series that highlights global efforts at conserving the environment and grassroots activism. How do you manage, to wear so many hats?
The fight for a sustainable world in which we thrive requires a lot of work! But it’s incredibly inspiring. I can’t think of which hat I would set aside.
6. Tell us about one aspect of your work that is the closest to your heart.
The work I get to do in the field, meeting people who are actively engaged in saving seeds, preserving agricultural biodiversity, cooking healthy and nutritious food, and making our lives more resilient and delicious.
7. How important is it that people realize the necessity of seed conservation? What exactly is it?
The best answer I can give is here, in my TED talk on seeds as the buried foundations of food:
8. Do you think global warming is a real threat to existence of life on Earth? What is the environmental crisis the world is going through?
Of course global warming is a real threat. The reluctance to address these challenges has more to do with politics than the essence of who we are and what we believe in. I expand upon the barriers to environmental engagement here:
9. How do you think women can empower themselves better, especially in the developing and underdeveloped nations?
Women’s empowerment can only manifest through the support of both women and men. This applies to developing and developed nations.
10. Are you Glad to be a woman? Why?
Of course. I wouldn’t have it any other way.