Shanthuru Premkumar

Shanthuru Premkumar

No HungerGood jobsSustainable Cities and CommunitiesClimate Action

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Shanthuru, and I consider myself a fellow being on earth, trying not to feel superior compared to other species, and wanting to coexist in this beautiful planet.

I am vegan both for political and health reasons. Political because I firmly believe food is an act of politics and if we do not make an attempt to understand how we consume, we will have to go a long way to create long lasting impact. And being organic and vegan has also helped me to recover faster from illness than taking medicine to recover.

I love what Rumi said: "Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world and today I am wise so I change myself".

Wisdom is an organised life, whereas knowledge is organised science.

What competences would make you a good Generation T?

I love people and to see them happy drives my energy, I want to see a world where access to local and good food is possible, through which we see less hunger and #FoodWaste. A firmly build circular economy and bringing various stakeholders together can bring results.

At the moment I empower Social Entrepreneurs. Across Europe I engage with them to see how partnership and collaboration can result in a sustainable business. The belief that competitiveness is needed for the economy is a misconception. And I don't think that an economy running on what humans need is the good model. I am thrilled to see how the future unfolds where each of us bears a small opportunity to bring about change.

The organisations I work with other than FSE Network, are Green Go Web, Friends of the climate, and a few others. Their focus is to create awareness and engagement around the subject of Climate Change.

Give specific example(s) on how your projects or activities make a difference and initiate change.

With Food Surplus Entrepreneurs Network, I work on the coaching process of the participants who came out of the Food Waste Challenge we organised.

I help the participants to see their social business idea come alive by implementing various facilitation techniques.

Who inspired you? What made you first passionate about sustainability?

Sri Aurobindo, Abdul Kalam