Sangeetha Sriram began her work 13 years ago in an urban environmental organisation where she worked on waste management, urban waterways management, and environmental education (in schools). Questioning about why villagers were migrating to an already imploding city made her explore various rural issues by traveling in rural India and volunteering with a few initiatives in areas like panchayati raj, alternative education, organic farming, etc. During this time, she also pursued her masters in development studies in the US, the content of which she largely disagreed with.
Over a period of time, Sangeethas understanding of the interconnectedness and complexity of the issues plaguing India and the world at large, deepened. Largely dissatisfied with her experience of working in hierarchical organisations and organisations working with narrowly defined agendas, she sought to co-create a democratic and inspiring space, where people would feel welcome to collectively explore questions around sustainability, share knowledge freely and initiate action. Thus was created the community organisation called reStore. The nucleus of reStore is a store which sells organic food and other ecofriendly products sourced from small farmers and producer groups. It primarily aims at restoring the lost connection between urban lives, nature and society. Volunteer-run reStore helps connect individuals and communities with the source of their food, and promote sustainable ways of living. Sangeetha is keen to collectively exploring ways of making the space more vibrant, introducing political issues that affect sustainability, and forming groups around activities like urban gardening, waste management, etc.
Sangeethas well researched articles on the History of Green Revolution are published regularly in a Tamil literary magazine.
Link To ReStore