About two years ago, graduated from IIT Bombay Anshuman Bapna began to worry about the state of climate affairs and turned his career towards climate change. Despite his abilities, he struggled to apply his skills to make it practical.

Around the same time, he met Dr Kamal Kapadia – a climate specialist and educator with 25 years of experience in work, research and teaching in the fields of clean energy, climate resilience and sustainable development.

Kamal, who was staying in Hawaii, was also looking to reconnect with India and do something more globally.

The duo, along with their friend Mayank Jain, have come up with a platform to educate and help people like Anshuman. So they started Terra.do in 2020 with a single flagship course – “Climate change: learning to act” – prepared by Kamal from his university career.

Screenshot of the graduation ceremony of the flagship program cohort: “Climate change: learning to act”

Inasmuch asTerra.doInasmuch as started with 20 students, and slowly grew over the years.

Supported by leading Indian CEOs and investors, the startup aims to solve climate change using the education, networking and action triptych.

In August 2020, Terra.do raised $ 1.5 million in seed funding from a group of climate-conscious angel investors, including Zomato Founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal; Nithin Kamath, Founder and CEO of Zerodha; Deep Kalra, Founder and CEO of MakeMyTrip; Mekin Maheshwari, former director of human resources at Flipkart; Yulu Founder Amit Gupta and Helion Venture Partners Co-Founder Ashish Gupta.

Terra.do course

The presence of Terra.do in India is part of a global response to climate change. The company aims to turn climate-driven intentions into actions with real impact.

Designed from day one to be 100% aloof, Terra.do is made up of employees, instructors, scholars and alumni from over 25 countries.

Currently, the Climate Education and Career Transition Platform offers around 10 courses, typically delivered over six to twelve weeks for designers, software engineers, oil and gas professionals, venture capitalists, electric vehicles and fleets, agricultural schools, etc..

From the Climate Farm School – which is the only hybrid course

According to Kamal, most of this content is prepared in partnership with experts, academics and practitioners in each field, and reviewed by Terra with intensive training on the subject supported by instructors.

“We combine learning, professional networks and jobs in one place to empower and empower people to work on climate,” says Kamal.

In December 2021, Terra.do organized two climate career fairs, one for renewable energies and the other for recruiters and HR professionals. More than 30 companies participated in the fair, and almost all of them offered remote or global offers. Kamal says they hope more such fairs will be held in the future.

Speaking about the dynamic possibility of a course like ‘Become a Climate Designer’, she says: ‘This is a course that anyone in the design and creation fraternity can enter. This would mean that someone is in UX, fashion / textiles, artists, graphic designers, illustrators, product designers, etc.

“The course radically teaches design as the creator of the world and how it could support the world. For example, someone who enjoys electric vehicles could be part of the electric vehicle course, but if they are an automotive designer or engineer, they could very well be part of a course like Become a Climate Designer, ”adds. she does.

For a sustainable future

There are three important things that people need to know as they go through this transition, according to Kamal, to become climate conscious through Terra.

First, knowledge and understanding of the climate context and exposure to all kinds of solutions for inspiration.

Next comes building a like-minded community, based on topics of interest or skills, where they can continue to engage and share resources and learnings.

Terra.do has a Slack channel with over 1,200 people, including professionals, academics, activists and investors, who have successfully invested in climate projects.

Finally, it is the accompaniment and the accompaniment. “It is sometimes anxious to change careers or think about the climate. Our experts offer all kinds of support during this phase, including career advice, ”says Kamal.

Currently, the platform has over 400 mentors (all climate experts in their field) who teach students in all courses. “Of the 400, we have more than 50 Indian mentors,” she adds.

The cost of the courses varies between $ 699 and $ 2,990. However, all courses receive financial aid based on merit and need. Terra.do also helps learners with an EMI option. All courses are online except for the Farm School course, which is hybrid (online and on-farm).

So far, around 1,200 people have graduated, over 60% of whom are already working on climate change.

“We now aim to empower 100 million climate-conscious professionals by 2030. This is the number of people we need to have a fundamental impact on climate change,” concludes Kamal.


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