Prime Minister addresses Leaders’ Summit on Climate; Says India has taken many bold steps on clean energy, energy efficiency, afforestation and bio-diversity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that for humanity to combat Climate Change, concrete action is needed and there is a need for such action at a high speed, on a large scale, and with a global scope. Addressing Leaders’ Summit on Climate Change this evening through video conferencing, Mr Modi said, we in India, are doing our part and despite the development challenges, India has taken many bold steps on clean energy, energy efficiency, afforestation and bio-diversity. He said, India’s ambitious renewable energy target of 450 Gigawatts by 2030 shows our commitment.

He said, India’s per capita carbon footprint is 60 per cent lower than the global average and it is because our lifestyle is still rooted in sustainable traditional practices. The Prime Minister said, as a climate-responsible developing country, India welcomes partners to create templates of sustainable development in India. He said, these can also help other developing countries, who need affordable access to green finance and clean technologies. Mr Modi said, that is why, he and President Biden are launching the India-US climate and clean energy Agenda 2030 partnership. He said, together, India and the US will help mobilise investments, demonstrate clean technologies, and enable green collaborations.

He also emphasised the importance of lifestyle change in climate action. The Prime Minister said, sustainable lifestyles and a guiding philosophy of Back to Basics must be an important pillar of our economic strategy for the post-COVID era. He said, Climate Change is a lived reality for millions around the world and their lives and livelihoods are already facing its adverse consequences. The Prime Minister said, humanity is battling a global pandemic right now and this event is a timely reminder that the grave threat posed by Climate Change has not disappeared. Recalling the words of Swami Vivekananda Arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached, Mr Modi called upon everyone to make it a Decade of Action against climate change.

He thanked US President Joe Biden for taking this initiative. The Prime Minister was invited by the US President to participate in this summit. Nearly 40 other world leaders are participating in the Summit. They are representing countries which are members of the Major Economies Forum of which India is a member and those vulnerable to climate change among others. The Leaders are exchanging views on climate change, enhancing climate actions, mobilising finance towards climate mitigation and adaptation, nature based solutions, climate security as well as technological innovations for clean energy. The Leaders are also deliberating on how the world can align climate action with inclusive and resilient economic development, while respecting national circumstances and sustainable development priorities. The Summit is a part of a series of global meetings focusing on climate issues, being held in the run up to COP26 in November 2021.


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