To combat Climate Change, India has taken action at a high speed, on a large scale and with a global scope, said the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for concrete action to combat Climate Change.

“Humanity is battling a global pandemic right now. And, this event is a timely reminder that the grave threat of Climate Change has not disappeared. In fact, Climate Change is a lived reality for millions around the world. Their lives and livelihoods are already facing its adverse consequences,” Prime Minister Modi said in his address at the Leaders’ Summit on Climate 2021.

At the invitation of US President Joseph Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was participating at the April 22-23 Leaders’ Summit on Climate in a virtual format.

To combat Climate Change, the Prime Minister said India has taken action at a high speed, on a large scale and with a global scope.

“We, in India, are doing our part. Our ambitious renewable energy target of 450 Gigawatts by 2030 shows our commitment. Despite our development challenges, we have taken many bold steps on clean energy, energy efficiency, afforestation and biodiversity. That is why we are among the few countries whose NDCs are 2-degree-Celsius compatible,” Prime Minister Modi said.

“We have also encouraged global initiatives like International Solar Alliance, Lead IT, and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure,” he said.

As a climate-responsible developing country, “India welcomes partners to create templates of sustainable development in India. These can also help other developing countries, who need affordable access to green finance and clean technologies,” the Prime Minister added.

“That is why President Biden and I are launching the ‘India-US climate and clean energy Agenda 2030 partnership’. Together, we will help mobilise investments, demonstrate clean technologies, and enable green collaborations,” Modi said.

“Today, as we discuss global climate action, I want to leave one thought with you. India’s per capita carbon footprint is 60% lower than the global average. It is because our lifestyle is still rooted in sustainable traditional practices,” the Prime Minister observed.

He said sustainable lifestyles and a guiding philosophy of “Back to Basics” must be an important pillar of international economic strategy for the post-Covid era.