Prime Minister Modi on Sunday, November 22 said at the G20 summit that India is not only meeting Paris Agreement targets but also exceeding them.
"India has taken concrete action in many areas. We have made LED lights popular. This saves 38 million tons of Carbon Dioxide emissions per year. Smoke-free kitchens have been provided to over 80 million households through our Ujjwala Scheme. This is among the largest clean energy drives globally," PM Modi said.
PM Modi also emphasised on keeping the focus on climate change, saying it is an issue which needs to be fought in an integrated manner.
PM Modi further said, “We are focused on saving citizens, the economy from pandemic; equally important to focus on fighting climate change it must be fought not in silos but in an integrated, comprehensive and holistic way. Inspired by our traditional ethos of living in harmony with the environment, and the commitment of my Government, India has adopted low-carbon and climate-resilient development practices”.
PM Modi called for cooperation and collaboration for further increasing research and innovation in new and sustainable technologies he said "The entire world can progress faster if there is greater support of technology and finance to the developing world. For humanity to prosper, every single individual must prosper.”
PM also highlighted the efforts made by his government and the campaign to eliminate single-use plastics he said, "Our forest cover is Expanding; The lion and tiger population is increasing; We aim to restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030; And, we are encouraging a circular economy. India is making next-generation infrastructures such as metro networks, water-ways and more. In addition to convenience and efficiency, they will also contribute to a cleaner environment. We will meet our goal of 175 Giga Watts of renewable energy well before the target of 2022. Now, we are taking a big step ahead by seeking to achieve 450 Giga Watts by 2030.”
At last PM Modi said, every single individual must prosper. Rather than seeing labour as a factor of production alone, the focus must be on the human dignity of every worker. Such an approach would be the best guarantee for safeguarding our planet.