Dr Rajendra K Pachauri
was born in Nainital, India, on 20 August 1940. He assumed his current responsibilities as the head of TERI (Tata Energy Research Institute) in 1981, first as Director and, since April 2001, as Director-General. TERI does original work and provides professional support in the areas of energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources to government departments, institutions, and corporate organizations worldwide. Dr Pachauri has been elected as Chairman of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), established by World Meteorological Organization and United Nations Environment Programme in 1988. He has taken charge as Chairman, IPCC from 20th April 2002 onwards. He has been active in several international forums dealing with the subject of climate change and its policy dimensions.
To acknowledge his immense contribution to the field of environment, he has been awarded the Padma Bhushan — one of India’s highest civilian awards that recognizes distinguished service of a high order to the nation in any field (January 2001).
Recognizing his vast knowledge and experience in the energy — environment field, the United Nations Development Programme appointed him as a part time Adviser in the fields of Energy and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, 1994 — 1999.
His wide-ranging expertise has resulted in his being invited to join various international and national committees and boards
Rajendra Pachauri: “Surveys show people are anxious about their personal carbon footprints and cutting back on car journeys and so on; but they may not realize that changing what’s on their plate could have an even bigger effect.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
“Experts say that eating less meat will also minimize our impact on the environment and help reduce Green House Gas emissions. The message is clear. Climate change is about our health and the health about our planet. We are all in this together.” UN Secretary video conference directed to government officials from both London, U.K and Washington D.C, USA
Elke Stehfest, Lex Bouwman, Detlef P. Vuuren, Michel G. J. Elzen, Bas Eickhout, Pavel Kabat (2009). Climate benefits of changing diet Climatic Change ~excerpt “Nevertheless, the benefits of dietary change to both health and climate mitigation and the feasibility of low stabilization targets as shown here are important enough to put this issue on the political agenda.”
“Both emissions and land use depend strongly on diets. Animal products, both meat and dairy, in general require more resources and cause higher emissions than plant-based alternatives.”