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PM addresses G20 Environment and Climate Ministers meeting, aims to achieve ‘Net Zero’ by 2070.

The G20 Environment and Climate Ministers’ Meet witnessed Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the dignitaries via video message from Chennai. Welcoming the attendees, the Prime Minister highlighted the cultural richness of the city and urged them to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mamallapuram.

Quoting ancient wisdom, PM Modi emphasized the reciprocal relationship between nature and humanity. He stressed the importance of safeguarding the environment, acknowledging nature’s role in providing for humanity’s needs.

Drawing from India’s traditional knowledge, the Prime Minister advocated for climate action that prioritizes the upliftment of the most vulnerable sections of society. By following the principle of ‘Antyodaya,’ the government aims to ensure inclusive and sustainable development.

PM Modi expressed pride in India’s ambitious ‘Nationally Determined Contributions,’ which have exceeded expectations. The country has made remarkable progress in increasing non-fossil fuel-based energy capacity and set an ambitious target of achieving ‘Net Zero’ emissions by 2070.

Highlighting India’s efforts in biodiversity conservation, PM Modi lauded initiatives like ‘Project Tiger’ and the newly launched ‘International Big Cat Alliance.’ The government’s people-centric approach has also driven successful campaigns like ‘Mission Amrit Sarovar’ and ‘Catch the Rain,’ promoting water conservation and recharge structures.

The Prime Minister praised community participation in the ‘Namami Gange Mission,’ which has resulted in the resurgence of the Gangetic Dolphin in the river Ganga. He also commended India’s designation of 75 wetlands as Ramsar sites, showcasing the country’s commitment to wetland conservation.

Recognizing the significance of oceans for Small Island States and global livelihoods, PM Modi stressed the responsible management of oceanic resources. He called for G20’s support in adopting sustainable principles for a resilient blue and ocean-based economy.

PM Modi recalled the launch of Mission Life, a global mass movement for environmental protection, and announced India’s ‘Green Credit Programme.’ The initiative rewards environment-friendly actions with green credits to promote sustainable practices.

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