Patrick McCully


Patrick McCully

Patrick McCully is an American environmentalist and executive director of the Berkeley (California) based International Rivers (formerly known as International Rivers Network, or IRN), a think-tank that aims to support communities around the world opposing destructive river development projects, and to promote sustainable and equitable freshwater management. [ [http://internationalrivers.org International Rivers Website] ]

He authored a book, "Silenced Rivers: The Ecology and Politics of Large Dams" (London: Zed Books, 1996, rev. ed. 2001), and recently published an article in "The Guardian" arguing that the UN-run carbon trading mechanism is corrupted and might actually promote damage to the environment while enriching the responsible companies. [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/may/21/environment.carbontrading Discredited Strategy, "The Guardian", 21 May 2008] ]

Role in NBA movement

Patrick McCully, along with IRN played an important role in helping Narmada Bachao Andolan movement for many years. McCully prepared an overview of the Sardar Sarovar Project highlighting its problems. IRN also helped in coordinating the activities of NBA movement and also helped by lobbying with the U.S.A government as well as many financial institutions. [ [http://www.foil.org/economy/ecology/nbapg.html FOIL] ] .

McCully also played a prominent role in organising protests against the Supreme Court of India's ruling which went against NBA. [ [http://www.hinduonnet.com/fline/fl1723/17230400.htm The Hindu] ]

In 2007, the Indian Newspaper The Pioneer reported that Two Members of Parliament appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for an inquiry into the evidence suggesting Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar and McCully trying to influence the Government and the judiciary to obtain a favourable verdict in a case against her in the Supreme Court.

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