Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the ‘World Sustainable Development Summit’ of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). During this, PM Modi said that environment and sustainable development have been the major focus areas for me during his tenure of 20 years, first in Gujarat and now at the national level. He said that successful climate action also requires adequate financing. For this, developed countries need to fulfill their commitments on finance and technology transfer. The PM said in his address, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, Re-design and Re-manufacture has been a part of India’s cultural ethos.
The World Sustainable Development Summit is TERI’s flagship annual event. The theme of this year’s summit is ‘Towards a Resilient Planet: Ensuring a Sustainable and Equitable Future’. The summit discusses a wide range of topics such as climate change, sustainable production, energy transition, global common resources and their security. The conference was attended by the President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, the President of Guyana, Mohamed Irfan Ali, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina J. Mohamed, heads of various intergovernmental organizations, ministers and ambassadors from more than a dozen countries, and representatives from more than 120 countries. have taken part.
We are fragile, not our planet: PM Modi
In his address, PM Modi said that I am happy to be associated with you in the 21st World Sustainable Development Summit. Environment and sustainable development have been major focus areas for me during my tenure of 20 years, first in Gujarat and now at the national level. He said that we have heard that people call our planet fragile. But, it is not a fragile planet. We are fragile. Our commitments to the planet and to nature have also been fragile. Equitable energy access to the poor has been a cornerstone of our environmental policy. Through the Ujjwala scheme, more than 9 crore households have been provided access to clean cooking fuel.
India’s energy requirement will double in 20 years
PM Modi said that I am also happy that two more wetlands of India have recently been recognized as Ramsar sites. There are now 49 Ramsar sites in India which are spread over 1 million hectares. He said that environmental sustainability can only be achieved through climate justice. The energy requirement of the people of India is expected to almost double in the next 20 years. To deny this energy would be to deny the lives of millions of people themselves. Successful climate action also requires adequate funding. For this, developed countries need to meet their commitments on finance and technology transfer.
Our motto One Sun, One World, One Grid
In his address, PM Modi said that through the International Solar Alliance, our aim is: One Sun, One World, One Grid. We must work towards ensuring the availability of clean energy from the worldwide grid at all times, everywhere. It is this whole world view, for which India’s values stand. He said that LIFE is a lifestyle for the environment. LIFE is about making lifestyle choices to better our planet. LIFE will be a coalition of like-minded people around the world to promote a sustainable lifestyle. I call them the 3Ps – Pro Planet People.