United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlighted India’s contribution to climate action in an article and said that everyone needs to make peace with nature, reduce our carbon footprints, and have a lifestyle that is compatible with a sustainable society and economy. Talking about climate change, Guterres wrote, “We, presently, are consuming much more than the planet can produce. We are using 1.6 planets every year which is not sustainable. We need to think about how we behave, what we eat, and how can we recycle things and avoid waste. We need to understand that without the individual behaviour of each person is compatible with a sustainable society, there is not much that the Governments can do to reduce pollution.”
Let us not forget that today pollution is killing seven million people per year. So, we need to understand that pollution is a killer, it is not just ugly, he further added. UN Chief also said that with the biodiversity loss, the countries are losing a fantastic capital for the future; some of the medicines will probably never be available for the basic needs of the population. UN Chief further wrote that the solar project is a remarkable one of inclusivity and solidarity and very much in line with what the UN has presented in its Agenda 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aims to eradicate poverty, and improve living conditions for everybody, everywhere.
The UN Chief, who came to India in October to launch a major national and global initiative ‘Mission LiFE’ (Lifestyle for Environment), wrote that this initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will mobilize citizens from all over world to understand that they have a role to play. He also visited India’s first 24×7 solar-powered village Modhera in Gujarat. Highlighting the benefits of project, Guterres said, the gigantic project of India which entails commitment to achieve 500 GW renewable energy generation by 2030, is a very important contribution to climate action.