TTT #38: "Becoming Energy Independent" with Caritta Seppa

The Tomato Timer Nov 9, 2020

Access to electricity, in many ways, is synonymous to access to basic necessities such as education, healthcare, and sanitation. Remote locations that have deprived of such access need an opportunity to become energy-independent. That is what Caritta Seppa's company, Tespack, aims to do: increasing access through sustainable mediums.

Caritta talks to us about the inspiration behind her company and various facets of sustainability and entrepreneurship.

One is likely to feel overwhelmed by the state of doom we happen to find ourselves. But despite how miserable it looks like, there is hope for a sustainable future. Companies have started taking notice of the need to employ cleaner production methods and mend their ways, such as the incoming of electric cars. Consumers have become more conscious of their choices instead of helping unsustainable companies solidify their positions more.

One reason for this shift, Caritta believes, is the integration of this issue in education. Not only do we learn how to think about the problem, but we also gain insights into questioning our stance and changing our ways. As the conversation is shifting, so is the mindset, and people have begun to realize their part in making informed choices.

Not only are young people more informed about the menacing issues of today, but they are also more vocal about them. They hold people accountable, state the problem explicitly, and demand change. Apart from that, the globe is more connected than ever before. So there is the possibility of interacting with like-minded people from all across, taking the initiative to create the change you want to see.

The entrepreneurial spirit has intermingled with the passion of being a part of a positive social impact. Start-ups today are not just looking for profits. They want to be able to contribute something to the community. Start-ups not only give them a chance to fulfill their passion for making a difference but also that of having space for being innovative.  And with all this, the corporate world is forced to adapt as vision, unaccompanied by action, is no longer attractive.

Entrepreneurship, though, is not a linear path. If your circumstances do not permit you to get involved, you don't have to let it go. You could volunteer your skills towards the causes you believe in or do what you want as a side project without having to compromise on a sense of security.

Lastly, it is okay not to know what you want to do in the future. Study the area that you are interested in, try different things, and life works out to clear the way for opportunities.

Let's try to enjoy every day and every moment that we have. Do those things that excite you.


Ritika Singhal

Along with Zubair Junjunia

Senior year student passionate about social justice and inclusive reform | she/her