Roshani Saraiya is a public health nurse who volunteers with MN350 on the deep canvass project and most recently with the ECO team. Roshani got involved with MN350 shortly after the Trump Administration announced they would withdraw from the Paris Agreement. “I felt powerless but I knew I needed to do something. I didn’t want to go through life and regret that I did not take action.” Shortly after, Roshani read about MN350 efforts and I felt inspired by Minnesotans taking matters into their own hands at a local level.
Roshani has found the deep canvass project to be a good fit. She enjoyed hearing everyday people’s thoughts, concerns, and perspectives on climate solutions. “I have gone deep canvassing a handful of times and I have found that the action of being involved and having conversations with people from all walks of life helps to ease my anxieties about the future. I think it helps me feel part of a larger community and that we can listen to each other and build solutions together.”
Roshani hopes to help build spaces for reflection, sharing, and resilience around climate change in the Twin Cities. “I know I am not the only one who is feeling uncertain, anxious, and helpless. And as I sit and think about my concerns about the future with regards to climate change and what we are leaving for our great great grandchildren, the only place I can find solace is in creating community to understand our right intentions and right relationships with our planet, creatures, and other human beings who inhabit it.”