Most powerful way to fight climate change is to change our behaviour, says PM Modi at CERAWeek event
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday climate change and calamities are interlinked and suggested ways to tackle them as he pointed out that Indians have shown the way for centuries when it came to caring for the environment. The Prime Minister made the comments after receiving the prestigious CERAWeek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award. “It is with great humility that I accept the CERAWeek Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award. I dedicate this award to the people of our great Motherland, India,” Modi said at the start of his address.
"This award recognises environmental leadership. It is commonly said that the best way to show is through action. There is no doubt that when it comes to caring for the environment, the people of India are the leaders, and it has been the case for centuries." the Prime Minister said while delivering the keynote address virtually.
The Prime Minister suggested two ways to fight climate change and natural calamities. "One is through policies, laws, rules and orders. These have their own importance. For example, India is working to increase its share of natural gas from 6 per cent to 15 per cent by 2030. LNG is being promoted as fuel. We also launched a National Hydrogen Mission for use of hydrogen as a fuel. The second is behavioural change. It is the most powerful way to fight these challenges,” he added.
As he called on people to change, PM Modi further remarked that by doing so the world will be a better place to live. "This spirit of behavioural change is a key part of our traditional habits which teach us consumption with compassion," he added.
Referring to Mahatma Gandhi as one of the greatest environment champions, the Prime Minister said that people would not have the problems that they do today had humanity followed the path given by the Father of the Nation.
The Prime Minister also said that India’s forest cover had grown significantly over the last seven years and the population of lions, tigers, leopards and waterfowls went up during this time period. During 2020’s last Mann Ki Baat radio programme, he attributed the growth in forest cover to not only the Centre’s efforts but also to those who contributed towards forest and wildlife conservation.
CERAWeek, which was founded in 1983 by American author and energy expert Dr Daniel Yergin, is organised every year since then and is regarded as the world’s premier annual energy platform. The leadership award was instituted in the year 2016 and aims towards recognising the future of global energy and environment, offering solutions and policies for energy access, affordability and environmental stewardship.
(With agency inputs)