Kartikeya Sarabhai is one of the world’s leading environmental educators, the founder and director of India’s Centre for Environment Education. Starting as a tiny NGO in Ahmedabad, Sarabhai’s home town, the Centre has grown to encompass 400 professional staff in 40 offices across the country. It reaches into every school system in India, working in every Indian language and advising every state government on greening the curriculum. CEE is also active in Australia and Sri Lanka. In 2005, CEE received the Global Award for Outstanding Service to Environmental Education from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).
Kartikeya Sarabhai is a wonderfully innovative social thinker who has developed a powerful understanding of the relationship between the human and the natural environments, and has achieved remarkable success enlisting local communities in environmental preservation and remediation. “Development and environment,” he says, “have to go together. You have to involve people in looking after the forests and the environment. It cannot be done through government and policy alone.”
Sarabhai is also a highly successful businessman. He is the chairman of Ambalal Sarabhai Enterprises, the pharmaceutical company which was set up by his grandfather Ambalal Sarabhai, where he has proven himself an astute and innovative corporate leader.
Our interview with this complex, cheerful trail-blazer is available on the Green Interview now.