A national campaign next year for an environmentally friendly lifestyle: Minister of Environment | environment Science
Union Environment Minister Bhupinder Yadav said on Thursday that his ministry will launch a nationwide campaign to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission titled LiFE Mission and encourage people to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle.
The Mission for the Environment (LiFE) lifestyle is a pro-people and planet effort that seeks to transform the world from mindless consumption to the conscious use of natural resources.
It was launched by Modi on October 20, in the presence of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Speaking at the Times Now summit, Yadav said the COP27 UN climate summit agreement in Egypt included a “sustainable lifestyle” at India’s request.
He said Niti Aayog has developed an action program to bring about behavioral change in people, starting with reducing wasteful consumption of water and electricity.
“The ministry will launch a campaign to move forward next year,” he said. Addressing the UN Special Country Team at UN Headquarters in New Delhi, Yadav said UN India is working with Niti Aayog and the ministry to create a ‘LiFE cluster of global best practices in sustainable lifestyles’.
This will be a comprehensive repository of best practices from around the world, according to the minister.
There could be many other ways to put forward the COP27 resolution on the transition to sustainable lifestyles. For example, the United Nations in India could consider organizing a global conference on Mission LiFE during India’s G20 presidency, he said. At the Times Now Summit, he said COP27 had reached consensus on the Loss and Damage Fund due to the efforts of India and Modi.
Establishing a fund to address loss and damage from disasters caused by climate change was the main demand of poor and vulnerable countries at this year’s climate summit, and the success of the talks depends on progress on this track.
Yadav said early warning for disaster risk reduction should be a fundamental right.
The minister said that the developed countries, which represent the largest part of the historical emissions, are responsible for the warming that the world is witnessing today and they must compensate the developing countries for that.
Yadav said that the shift to renewable energy is necessary to prevent a rise in global temperature, and rich countries are required to transfer technology and provide financing for this purpose.
Addressing the UN Country Team, he said several UN agencies are the implementing agencies under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and some are also accredited entities under the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The Global Environment Facility is a partnership of 18 agencies – including United Nations agencies, multilateral development banks, national entities and international NGOs – and has been working with 183 countries to address the world’s most challenging environmental issues.
The Green Climate Fund – a critical component of the Paris Agreement – is the largest climate fund in the world and is mandated to support developing countries in collecting and achieving ambitions of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) towards low-emissions and climate-resilient pathways.
Yadav said he expected the COP27 outcomes on sustainable lifestyles, climate action in agriculture and the Mitigation and Just Transition work program to be appropriately taken into account in upcoming projects under GEF Cycle 8.
He stressed that the United Nations system remains steadfast in protecting the founding principles of environmental conventions and treaties in its work in various countries.
For India, the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities and special capabilities (common but differentiated responsibilities) in the light of national conditions remain of paramount importance.
“I urge you to ensure that these basic principles are respected when preparing projects for implementation in India,” he said.
In the language of climate, equity means that each country’s share of carbon dioxide emissions is equal to its share of the world’s population.
The principle of common but differentiated responsibilities – RC recognizes that every country is responsible for addressing climate change, but that developed countries must assume primary responsibilities because they are responsible for most of the historical and current greenhouse gas emissions. PTI GVS HMB
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