He said that at the heart of India’s vision of a safe planet is a one-word Mantra – Lifestyle for Environment – that Prime Minister Modi set forth in the National Statement at COP26.
India is undertaking an arduous effort to fight climate change despite accounting for less than 4 percent of the world’s cumulative emissions so far, India’s Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said at the UN climate summit in Egypt
Speaking at the conference on Tuesday, Yadav said India responded to the call for increased ambition in the 2030 climate targets and updated its Nationally Determined Contributions in August.
“India, home to 1.3 billion people, is undertaking this arduous effort despite the reality that our contribution to the world’s cumulative emissions so far is less than 4 % and our annual per capita emissions are about one-third of the global average,” he said.
Referring to the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s announcement in Glasgow -that India aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2070 – Yadav said India has submitted its Long-Term Low Emissions Growth Strategy within one year, indicating low carbon transition pathways in key economic sectors.
“Responding to the call for increased ambition in our 2030 climate targets, India updated its Nationally Determined Contributions in August 2022. We have embarked on far-reaching new initiatives in renewable energy, e-mobility, ethanol blended fuels, and green hydrogen as an alternate energy source,” he said. “We also seek to foster strong international cooperation through action and solutions-oriented coalitions like International Solar Alliance and Coalition of Disaster Resilience Infrastructure, both of which were launched and nurtured by India”.
Yadav said at the heart of India’s vision of a safe planet is a one-word Mantra – Lifestyle for Environment – that Prime Minister Modi set forth in the National Statement at COP26.
“The world urgently needs a paradigm shift from mindless and destructive consumption to mindful and deliberate utilization. We are trustees of this planet earth. We must nurture it through sustainable lifestyles that optimize resource use and minimize waste,” Yadav said. ‘As the world’s most populous democracy and a vibrant emerging economy, India seeks to lead by example, and invites the global community to be a part of Mission LiFE for individual, family and community-based actions”.
Yadav said India is assuming the Presidency of the G20 in 2023 with the motto of ‘One Earth, One family, One future’.
“Our journey towards a planet safe for humanity is one that no nation can undertake alone. This is a collective journey to be undertaken with equity and climate justice as our guiding principles. We hope that the fight against climate change will unite the world as one family,” he said