Connections over Chai: Interview Series coming soon!

Connections over Chai is an interview series that I am starting soon at Spinning the Green Wheel. I will delve into the passions and careers of professionals working to solve the world’s environmental and social issues – be they environmental scientists, policy practitioners, NGO specialists or sustainability consultants.

The environmental sector is not without its stereotypes, and I hope to shatter some of those by featuring inspiring people from all over the world who have diverse backgrounds and experience. From teachers, architects and investment bankers; to community development workers, lawyers and professors.

We will find out all about…

  • How they got into the environmental or social sector
  • What is most fulfilling about their current role
  • Which experiences have shaped their worldview today
  • How living and working overseas has changed their approach to work
  • Where they see themselves in the next 5 years
  • What advice they would give to people wanting to work in the sector
  • How they “do their bit” environmentally

Are you passionate about the environment or curious about working in the environmental sector? Or just interested to read some fascinating stories from people living boldly? Then  look out for the first Connections over Chai interview in coming weeks!

Also, please get in touch with me at jenny (at) if you know someone with unique experiences they would be willing to share. Thanks!


Kids “stop the drop” and save water

Occasionally, you come across a fresh take on a very old issue and the students from Christel House in Bangalore have certainly done just that with their music video “Stop the Drop”.

Screenshot from music video “Stop the Drop”

They rap about saving water and “by using sound effects created by splashing, dripping, pouring, and even flushing water…they have reinvented and emphasized the way human beings interact with one of our most precious resources”.

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Out of the box…shipping container homes in India?

Recently, a friend put me onto a feature in the National Geographic about Shipping Container homes, particularly a university dormitory in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Photograph by Ton Koene, Hollandse Hoogte/Redux

I love the versatility, modularity and recycling embodied in the design and I started thinking about the possible applications of such structures in India. Could they be used there to create more affordable housing options?

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One man’s legacy and a future of our choosing – David Suzuki

While I’m still here in Canada, I thought that it might be appropriate to take some inspiration from world-renowned Canadian scientist, broadcaster, environmentalist, and author, David Suzuki.

In his book and lecture, “The Legacy”, Suzuki explores the notion, “If I had one last lecture to give, what would I say?” The result is both insightful and confronting; heartwarming and honest. 

“The biggest challenge humanity faces in carving a better future is to reimagine how we perceive the world, our place within it, and our highest priorities. By creating a vision of what must be, we then determine the way we act.”

What are your thoughts? How can we, as a society, ensure that we take the time to purposefully reimagine our world? Do you have a vision of your future community that you’d like to share? What values drive how you live?

“Living” life…

I am currently on holidays in Canada for a few weeks, allowing me to reflect on the new life I am building in India. India can be quite an overwhelming place to live and work sometimes, but this quote inspires me to tackle each challenge head on and throw myself into life there.

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