September 2014 \ Interviews \ Indians in Mauritius
"Climate change will affect Mauritius"

Interview with Dr G. Raj Chintaram, Executive Chairman, ANPRAS

What is the single largest cause of climate change in the world?

It is undoubtedly the greed of man.

Back in the 1980s, the Swedish journal Ambio did a major story on how Latin American forests become American hamburgers. If anything, there are more hamburgers being produced now. What will it take for the world to wake up?

Man is a product of his environment. There is a fallacy that the environment is just what we see around that is trees, rivers and mountains. In the true sense, there is an inner environment (our thoughts, beliefs and values), and the external or physical environment.

As I said earlier, whether we like it or not, we are all a product of the environment… since we act towards the environment, we should expect the same reaction from the environment.

Interestingly in Indian mythology, I remember Lord Shiva (in serial Devon Ka Dev) warning people about the curse that one should expect by polluting the Ganges; nature has inherent capabilities to PUNISH when it reaches a degree that is beyond its tolerance.

How do you raise funds for ANPRAS? Is there a revenue model?

ANPRAS is a peer-funded organization. We regroup philanthropists and not people who are out for social work for monetary or material gains. However, we also engage some small consultancies and project management firms. This helps us to sustain the running of the organisation.