Getting people to know female scientists (perhaps due to our family-oriented, traditional culture female scientists will be perceived as more approachable, as most people identify with the “advice of a mother or a sister”. This will help create a local science culture and improve scientific literacy. By working with other seeds we can increase the reach of female scientists, motivate women to incur in traditionally male-dominated fields, and improve equality and access.
Off Grid Rural Development
Gaia Grid is the foundation of the seed proposal - crowdfunding from social media to purchase degraded non-forested land. Regional farmers are mobilized to do organic farming on the land. Volunteers from the community that need jobs and skills development are invited to help. Farm uses off-grid clean energy. Volunteer programme is set up to develop framing skills that can be used for future integration back into society and explicitly addresses social issues such as alcoholism and drugs that plague the neighbouring community. (SDG 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 12)
By connecting to additional seeds we achieve extra SDGs synergistically:
- Environmentalist foundation of India: explicitly uses land and water restoration projects and tools (SDG 6, 15) - SECMDL; Karthavyam; Youth Ki Awaaz: Alternative education which provides bottom-up experiential learning and skills development through mediums like story-telling, filmmaking and using local issues and indigenous local knowledge and perspectives (SDG 4, 18) - Safe Spaces for Deep Conversations on Climate Change: Introducing climate change perspectives into community conversations using issues that are very relevant to the community to bring abstract global debates into a local context (SDG 13, 17) - Watly: Bringing access to technology to rural areas in order to give communities access to global networks (SDG 9)