Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday exhorted the G7 rich nations to adopt the Triple-P mantra of increasing the number of ‘Pro Planet People' in the world which would “be our greatest contribution to the coming generations.”
“I called for a movement called LIFE – Lifestyle for Environment –at the Glasgow summit last year and this year on World Environment Day, we launched the Global Initiative for LiFE campaign. The goal of this campaign is to encourage an eco-friendly lifestyle,” PM Modi said in his address at the session on Investing In A Better Future: Climate, Energy, Health at the G7 summit.
“When a large country like India shows such ambition, other developing countries also get inspiration. We hope that the rich countries of G-7 will support India's efforts,” the Prime Minister said.
PM Modi pointed out that a huge market for clean energy technologies is emerging in India and G-7 countries can invest in research, innovation, and manufacturing in this field.
“The scale that India can provide for every new technology can make that technology affordable for the whole world. The core theories of the circular economy have been an integral part of Indian culture and lifestyle” he explained.
PM Modi said, “Unfortunately, it is believed that there is a fundamental collision between the developmental goals of the world and environmental protection. There is also another misconception that poor countries and poor people cause more damage to the environment. But, India’s history of over thousands of years completely refutes this view.”
He pointed out that ancient India has seen a time of immense prosperity after which the country also tolerated centuries of slavery, and now independent India is the fastest-growing big economy in the whole world. But during this whole period, India did not let its commitment to the environment get diluted even a single bit, he added.
PM Modi pointed out that although 17% of the world’s population resides in India, the country’s contribution to global carbon emissions was only 5%. The main reason behind this is the Indian lifestyle, which is based on the theory of co-existence with nature, he added.
The Prime Minister also emphasised that energy access should not be the privilege only of the rich as a poor family also has the same rights on energy. With energy costs shooting up sky-high due to geopolitical tensions, it is even more important to keep this in mind, he added.
“By taking inspiration from this principle, India has delivered LED bulbs and clean cooking gas door-to-door across the country and showed that millions of tons of carbon emissions can be saved while ensuring energy for the poor,” he explained.
PM Modi said India’s dedication to its climate commitments is evident from its performance. The country has achieved the target of 40 percent energy-capacity from non-fossil sources 9 years ahead of the deadline. The target of 10 percent ethanol-blending in petrol has also been achieved 5 months before time.
Besides, India has the world's first fully solar power operated airport and the country’s huge railway system will become net zero carbon emission in this decade, he added.
PM Modi further stated that human and planet health are interconnected. Therefore, India has adopted the approach of one world, one health. During the pandemic, India found many creative ways to use digital technology in the health sector. G7 countries can help India to take these innovations to other developing countries.
“Recently we all celebrated the International Day of Yoga. In times of the COVID crisis, yoga has become a great tool for preventive health for people all over the world, this helped many people to maintain their physical and mental health,” he added.
PM Modi also said that apart from yoga, there is a valuable asset of traditional medicine in many countries of the world including India, which can be used for holistic health.
In this regard, he referred to the WHO’s decision to set up its Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India. This centre will not only become a repository of different traditional medicine systems all over the world but will also encourage more research in this area. It will benefit all the citizens of the world, PM Modi said.