Distinguished thinkers and policy makers praise India and PM Modi’s efforts in environmental protection

05 June 2022 23:14 STI

New Delhi [India]June 5 (ANI): Marking World Environment Day on Sunday, leading thinkers, policymakers and innovators hailed India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to protect the environment. environment.
“I commend Prime Minister Modi for taking the lead in this global initiative. India’s leadership is crucial to achieving our global climate goals…To eliminate greenhouse gases, we need the technology and cooperation from all, including public and private sector partnerships,” said co-founder Bill Gates.
On this occasion, PM Modi launched the ‘Lifestyle for the Environment (LiFE)’ movement, a global initiative, via videoconference. Bill Gates also participated in the launch.
Prime Minister Modi called for collective efforts and strong actions for sustainable development at the event.
“Let us follow the principles of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. ‘One Earth – Much Effort’ is needed. India supports any effort to promote global well-being. Lifestyle For Environment’ a global mass movement” , Prime Minister Modi said.
“This World Environment Day, we have the slogan ‘One Earth’ with a focus on sustainable living in harmony with nature. The challenges of our planet are well known to others. The need of the hour is the people-centred, collective and robust actions that advance sustainable actions,” PM Modi added.
Meanwhile, the Microsoft co-founder was inspired by India’s leadership in efforts to curb rising emissions and was excited to learn more about the LiFE movement.

“The need for collective global action to tackle climate change has never been greater and India’s role and leadership is crucial in ensuring we achieve our climate goals,” he said. .
Cass Sunstein, co-author of Nudge and Behavioral Scientist at Harvard University also participated in the event. “India and the Prime Minister have been world leaders in environmental protection, climate change and human behavior. Many of us around the world look to India for inspiration. and ideas. Truly an honor to tell you about this historic event, and I look forward to seeing new creativity and initiatives around FEAST (Framework for Environmental and Climate Behavior Change – an acronym that means fun, easy, engaging, social, timely),” Sunstein said.
Welcoming the LIFE movement on the global environment, Inger Andersen, global head of UNEP, said every person and every country must take the lead for the planet.
“With over a billion people and home to a thriving generation of innovators and entrepreneurs, India is at the heart of global environmental action. I look forward to following your progress as you launch this movement. hugely important, because when India leans in, the world watches and We at UNEP look forward to supporting the Government of India and its people in advancing the sustainable consumption and production agenda as India assumes the chairmanship of the G-20 in 2023,” Andersen said.
Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, said countries like India serve as the kinetic energy behind decisive climate action on the global stage.
“This includes his work on leading initiatives such as the International Solar Alliance, the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure and One Sun, One World, One Grid, which aims to build energy infrastructure interconnected solar energy.Last year at COP 26 in Glasgow, PM Modi put forward the idea of ​​a lifestyle for the environment.He is based on the idea that behavior and individual action are a key part of our collective climate responsibility. It aims to track some of the world’s best solutions to encourage climate-smart behavior among individuals and communities, from grassroots innovators to academics to by international organizations and beyond,” Steiner said.
Ani Dasgupta, CEO and President of the World Resources Institute, congratulated India and Prime Minister Modi on this exciting launch.
“I can’t stress enough the importance you placed on the Prime Minister to bring people to the movement. The Prime Minister quite rightly said thoughtful use of resources. I can’t stress enough the importance that India is starting this movement. India’s consumption or emissions per capita is about a third of the world average. So the world needs to go where India is not the other way around,” Dasgupta said. (ANI)

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