‘One-Word Movement’:
Modi proposes at
Glasgow COP26 Summit

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GLASGOW: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday proposed “One-Word Movement” at the COP26 Summit here. Delivering India’s National Statement at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow, the Prime Minister also laid emphasis on ‘Lifestyle For Environment’. “I am keeping proposal of One-Word Movement. This One-Word is one word in the context of climate, ‘one-word’ can become the basic foundation of the world, it can become the resolve. This is a word- LIFE…L, I, F, E, i.e. Lifestyle For Environment,” the Prime Minister said.
He called for collective participation and said ‘Lifestyle For Environment’ should become a movement. “This environmental consciousness can become a mass movement,” he said.
PM Modi spoke against “mindless and destructive consumption” and said the movement can attain gaols in diverse areas.

GLASGOW: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses COP26 World Leaders’ Summit, in Glasgow on Monday. (ANI Photo)

“Today is the need to focus on mindful and deliberate utilisation instead of mindless and destructive consumption. This movement, with a unified approach, can attain goals in diverse areas like fishing, agriculture, wellness, dietary choices, housing, packaging, hospitality, tourism, clothing, fashion, water management and the field of energy. It can bring revolutionary changes,” PM Modi said.
“These are the issues which need the conscious choice of everyone, every day. The conscious choice by millions, billions of people will help in billion steps for combating climate change. I believe that this movement will stand every test,” said the Prime Minister.
He cited the example of the International Solar Alliance as a reflection of India’s persistent efforts to combat climate change.
“As a revolutionary step in solar power, we initiated the International Solar Alliance. We have created a coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure for climate adaptation. This is a sensitive and important initiative to save crores of lives,” PM Modi said.
He also talked about India attaining the target of net-zero emission by 2070.
“More passengers than the entire population of the world travel by Indian Railways every year. This huge railway system has set itself a target of making itself ‘Net Zero’ by 2030. This initiative alone will reduce emissions by 60 million tonnes per annum,” he said.

‘Duty-bound’ India

Highlighting India’s efforts to combat climate change, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India is the only major economy that has worked and delivered on the Paris commitments both in letter and spirit.
Speaking in Hindi at the COP26 Global Leaders’ Summit here in Glasgow the prime minister said, “Today, the world has acknowledged that India is the only such biggest economy that has worked and delivered on the Paris commitment in letter and spirit. Karam baddh (duty bound) India is bringing results by making all-out efforts.” Paris Agreement goal constitutes an effort to keep the global average temperature increase well below 2 degrees Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

GLASGOW: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Glasgow to take part in the 26th session of the Conference of Parties (COP26) on Monday. British Minister for Host, Indian High Commissioner Gaitri Issar Kumar and Indian officers of High Commission are present in the picture. (ANI Photo)

“I am pleased to announce that in a developing country like India with a population of 125 crores, constitutes 17 per cent of the global population and India’s contribution to the emission has only been 5 per cent. India has left no stone unturned in completing its duty,” he added.
Recalling the Paris climate conference, he said that summit was a sentiment and commitment for him.
“I came to Paris with a concern for the sake of humanity. I came as a representative of that society that believes in ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah’ (Let all be happy, let all be free from debilitation),” he said.
Prime Minister earlier today said adaptation has received less attention compared to mitigation in the global climate debate and emphasised resilience against climate change.

Voice of developing nations

Noting that climate change is a “big threat” to the existence of some developing nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that he feels it’s his duty to raise the voice of developing countries while addressing the COP26 Global Leaders’ Summit here in Glasgow.
Speaking in Hindi at the COP26 Global Leaders’ Summit here in Glasgow, PM Modi emphasised that climate change is a “big threat” to the existence of some developing nations and said, “It is my duty to raise the voices of developing nations.” He stressed that the world must make greater efforts to protect the environment. “This is the demand of time and will prove the relevance of this forum,” PM Modi added.
“I believe that decisions taken at this forum will secure the future of our coming generations,” he said.

Climate finance of one trillion dollars

Noting that climate finance promises cannot be the same as they were in the Paris Climate Accord, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that it is India’s expectation that developed countries provide climate finance of one trillion US dollar soon.
“At a time when we all are expanding our ambition on climate action, then the world’s ambition on climate finance can’t be the same which was during the Paris Agreement,” PM Modi said at the 26th session of the Conference of Parties on Monday. He said promises made on climate financing have proved to be hollow and said climate finance should be tracked in the way progress on climate mitigation is tracked.
“It is needed to track the progress on climate financing as we track progress on climate mitigation,” he said.

GLASGOW: Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives a warm welcome from the members of the Indian community, in Glasgow on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

“It is India’s expectation that the developed countries provide climate finance of one trillion dollars at the earliest,” he said.
The Prime Minister noted that pressure must be on those countries which do not complete their promises made on climate financing. “It will be appropriate justice,” he said.
He said India is now moving forward with greater ambition on the issues of climate and stressed that New Delhi understands the issues other developing nations face on climate change.
“India shares their concerns and will continue to express their expectations.”
He also emphasised that climate change is a “big threat” to the existence of some developing nations.
“It is my duty to raise the voices of developing nations,” the prime minister said.
He stressed that the world must take greater efforts to protect environment. “This is the demand of time and will prove the relevance of this forum,” PM Modi added. “I believe that decisions taken at this forum will secure the future of our coming generations,” he said. (ANI)