LIFE is about making life choices to improve our planet: PM Modi

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oi-Prakash KL

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Updated: Thursday 17 February 2022, 0:13 [IST]

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New Delhi, February 16:
Three heads of state and government, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, environment ministers from a dozen countries, representatives of the United Nations, heads of intergovernmental organizations and delegates from 131 countries took participate in deliberations on planetary resilience. at the latest edition of the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSDS) starting February 16.

LIFE is about making life choices to improve our planet: PM Modi

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi said environment and sustainable development had been key areas for him throughout his 20 years in office, first in Gujarat and now nationally. “We have heard people describe our planet as fragile. But it is not the planet that is fragile. It’s us. We are fragile. Our commitments to the planet, to nature, have also been fragile. 50 years since the Stockholm Conference of 1972. Very little has been done. But in India, we followed the chops,” he said.

Modi said equitable access to energy for the poor has been a cornerstone of the country’s environmental policy and that thanks to Ujjwala Yojana, more than 90 million households have gained access to clean cooking fuel.

Under the PM-KUSUM program, the government has brought renewable energy to farmers. We encourage farmers to install solar panels, use them and sell excess electricity to the grid. Autonomous solar pumps as well as efforts to solarize existing pumps are intensified. The focus on “natural agriculture without chemicals” will also help promote sustainability and equity, he said.

The Prime Minister added: “Our LED bulb distribution program has been running for over seven years. It has saved over 220 billion units of electricity and 180 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. carbon per year. We announced the creation of the National Hydrogen Mission. It aims to harness green hydrogen, an exciting technology to power our future. I encourage academic and research institutes like TERI to come up with scalable solutions to achieve the potential of green hydrogen.

India is a mega-diverse country. With 2.4% of the planet’s landmass, India has nearly 8% of the world’s species. It is our duty to protect this ecology, he said, adding: “We are strengthening our network of protected areas. IUCN recognized our efforts. Aravalli Biodiversity Park in Haryana has been declared an OECM site for its effective biodiversity conservation. I am also happy that two other wetlands in India have recently been recognized as Ramsar sites. India now has 49 Ramsar sites spread over more than one million hectares. The restoration of degraded lands is one of our main areas of intervention. Since 2015, we have restored over 11.5 million hectares. We are on track to achieve the national land degradation neutrality commitment under the Bonn Challenge. We firmly believe in respecting all our commitments made under the UNFCCC. We also raised our ambitions at CoP-26 in Glasgow.

He said the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) aims to build strong infrastructure in areas prone to frequent natural disasters. On the sidelines of CoP-26, we also launched an initiative called “Infrastructure for Resilient Island States”. Developing island states are the most vulnerable and therefore need urgent protection.

“To these two initiatives we are now adding LIFE – LIFEstyle For Environment. LIFE is about making lifestyle choices to improve our planet. LIFE will be a coalition of like-minded people around the world who will promote lifestyles I call them 3P – Pro Planet People. This global movement of Pro Planet People (3-Ps) is the Coalition for LIFE. These three global coalitions will form the trinity of our environmental efforts to improve the global commons,” said he added.

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