India on track to achieve Paris target: PM Modi
While fighting COVID-19, one must not lose sight of the other challenges faced by humanity like climate change, said Prime Minister Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India is among the few large economies to be on track to achieve their Paris targets. He said for India, sustainable living is not only about the right words but also about the right actions.
“The reckless life-styles of the present generation are threatening the future generations and resolve to not let our planet remain wounded,” Prime Minister Modi observed while delivering a keynote address on the occasion of Vesak Global Celebrations on Buddha Purnima through video conference.
The Prime Minister said that while fighting COVID-19, one must not lose sight of the other challenges faced by humanity like climate change.
He reminded the Lord Buddha’s emphasis on a way of life where respect for Mother Nature is paramount.
He said the life of Gautama Buddha was about peace, harmony and co-existence. “But today, there are still forces whose existence depends on spreading hate, terror and mindless violence,” the Prime Minister said, adding such forces do not believe in liberal democratic principles and thus gave a call for all those who believe in humanity to come together and defeat terror and radicalisation.
He said Lord Buddha's teachings and the importance given to social justice can become a global unifying force.
Talking about the impact of the pandemic on the economy, he said the economy has suffered hugely on account of the pandemic and that the planet will not be the same after the Covid-19.
“The economic impact left by the pandemic is huge and our planet will not be the same after COVID-19,” Prime Minister Modi said
While stating that the once in a life-time pandemic has brought tragedy and suffering at the doorstep of many, he maintained that “COVID-19 pandemic has still not left us and several nations, including India, have experienced a second wave.”
He heaped praises on scientists for developing the Covid-19 vaccines within a year of the pandemic hitting the world.
“There have been many note-worthy improvements as well over the last year, like having a better understanding of the pandemic, which strengthens our strategy to fight it and having the vaccine, which is absolutely important to save lives and defeat the pandemic,” the Prime Minister said.
He lauded the efforts of the scientists for developing the COVID-19 vaccines within a year and said this shows the power of human determination and tenacity.