When Santosh Chandra reminisces about his childhood he thinks of climbing trees, playing in the sand and flying kites on the beach in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the exotic archipelago in the Bay of Bengal.

Chandra, chief executive of India’s Essar Oil & Gas Exploration & Production (EOGEPL), says his fondness for nature began early.

“When you're connected to nature, you value the nature you see,” he says.

That connection makes the burgeoning debate on climate change quite close to Chandra's heart.