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M. Venkaiah Naidu, calls for ‘collective action’ from people to limit the impact of climate change

The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurating the International Conference on Environmental Diversity and Environmental Jurisprudence at Chandigarh University

Chandigarh: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, called for ‘collective action’ from people and enabling policies to limit the impact of climate change.

“To be able to achieve the 1.5°C global warming limit, we must aim at both macro-level systemic changes as well as micro-level lifestyle choices. Therefore, we need a people’s movement for environmental protection”, he said.

Mr. Naidu called for weighty introspection and bold actions to mitigate the reality of increasing extreme events and diminishing biodiversity. But, he said, “it is not only the duty of the government to deliberate, but it is also the duty of every citizen and human being on earth to save this planet.”

The vice president inaugurated the International Conference on Environmental Diversity and Environmental Jurisprudence at Chandigarh University, Mohali.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Naidu stressed that India has always led the world in climate action. He reiterated India’s commitment to fulfilling the ambitious national targets set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the recent COP26 Summit in Glasgow.

Mr. Naidu recalled that people in villages came together to protect the adjacent forests and repair ponds and canals in earlier times. “What we need today is a change in people’s mindset. Unless environmental protection becomes a people’s movement, our future is bleak.”

Stressing the need to reverse the dangerous trend of exploiting nature, Mr. Naidu appealed to lawmakers to take cognizance of the situation and make legislations that maintain a delicate balance between ecology and economy.

Emphasizing the importance of such international conferences, Mr. Naidu said that “we have to learn from each other globally and adopt best practices worldwide.” He appreciated Chandigarh University for its initiative and hoped the conference would open a new chapter in environmental protection in the country.

 

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