Sanata Prakash, our youngest but also, one of our most responsible, making AGP reach for new heights has been doing his best when it comes to live sustainably. He has been born and brought up in Auroville and has been doing his part in living a sustainable life as long as he remembers. Being brought up in Auroville, he has been taught with the values of mindfulness and waste management and he has been implementing those values throughout his life. He shares how it is for him to work in AGP and how being in the role of Social Media Marketing Manager for AGP helps him to learn and grow as a person.
” I have been working in AGP since 9 months and the growth that I see in my work is tremendous. I am 21 and prior to this, I had no experience with the role that I was assigned to and they accepted me with their extended arms. I really enjoy working here. I get a lot of freedom to explore my talents and I would say, if you want to learn and grow as a person, this would be the ideal place to do so. There is a huge difference between how I used to work and how I work now. Throughout these whole 9 months, I have taken various courses to learn by myself and also have been taught various skills by AVC to help me with my role.
Working here, my colleagues are people from different races, religion, background and nationalities and it is a great thing to see that it fits the ideology of Auroville to a T ; We have all come together to work for a common cause that is to uplift Humanity and in that process, work in ourselves regardless of any minute or big differences. Auroville is a town founded in Unity and working here, I see all of our differences does not make a difference at all because we all our contributing to the vision, to the cause.
Before being here, I was not very interested in Sustainability. Yes, I was implementing it through my whole life but I was not really aware of the life outside. In Auroville, you are taught as kids about Segregation and Waste Management and hence, it is a common knowledge and practice to be mindful of what you consume and put out. So, being in AGP gives me a platform to help other people realize that there are other alternatives to their way of living. Specially, with the AGP workshops, I see so many architects and students who would like to learn about sustainable architecture and how they are keen to change themselves and the world using architecture and growing their skill set.
Right now, sustainable architecture is not that popular and is hard for our students to implement them if there is not market for them but they are still doing their best to make a difference and that is motivational and inspiring enough.
Lastly, I want to tell all my peers and people reading this post, it is never too early to change oneself and change the world. You are never too young for that. Mindfulness is the key. Be aware of what you are buying, read labels, try to go for a zero waste lifestyle and segregate your waste properly. Be as sustainable as you can and you have done your part in changing the world. That’s all folks.”
Thank you Sanata for always trying to be the best version of yourself and for sharing your kindness to all of us.