Green Festival Speakers

Payal Parekh


Climate Scientist, International Rivers Network
Ms. Parekh works to raise awareness that dams are emitters of the powerful greenhouse gas, methane; to stop international carbon offsetting schemes; and promote climate adaptation strategies that protect rivers and the communities dependent on them. Before joining International Rivers in 2008, her experience included working in solidarity with the Narmada Bachao Andolan, a social movement in India fighting the damming of the

Narmada River, investigating the Indian governments plans to interlink rivers, and providing technical environmental assistance to Indian NGOs and social movements. Most recently, she was a Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Bern in Switzerland conducting scientific research on carbon cycle climate interactions. Ms. Parekh holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.