Senior Scientist and Strategist Dr. Jayant Sathaye, who contributed to the 2007 Nobel Prize-winning reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), spoke on the topic 'Understanding Climate Change to Limit Atmospheric Temperature Increase and Impact on Utilities' at Amrita School of Business, Coimbatore on June 11, 2016.
In the talk, Dr. Sathaye presented a detailed activity summary of IPCC and the activities undertaken for climate change by various countries. He said that the numbers indicate the emission sources from the power and industry sectors is likely to increase, predominantly in Southern and South East Asia. CO2 emissions from manufacturing industries and construction in India has reached 27%, which is a 1% increase from the 2001-2005 period.
“It depends on the push from the leadership that leads to the climate change. Barack Obama’s efforts have shown positive results in the USA, but the future activities will largely depend on the upcoming leadership. Similar is the cases in India,” Dr. Sathaye said.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is pioneering several climate change activities throughout its research and experiential learning programs. “The Coimbatore campus was an arid land when we first started the campus in 1997. With the determination of our Chancellor Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, we planted more than 70,000 saplings, which has now reached to more than 1.7 lakhs trees spread across 450 acres of the campus,” Chairman of Amrita School of Business Dr. Raghu Raman pointed out in his welcome address.
“Through Environment and Sustainable Development course, sustainability club, experiential program Live-in-Labs®, where the students get an opportunity to live and experience the village life, and the Ph.D. research, we extend our support to the works of scientists like Dr. Sathaye,” Dr. Raman added.
Dr. Sathaye welcomed the young leaders to contribute to the efforts of the nation. Nearly 300 participants, comprising of the students, faculty, and research scholars from Amrita School of Business and the media took part in the interaction.