New Delhi: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday called upon people to take collective action along with policies to limit the effects of climate change.
To be able to achieve the 1.5°C global warming threshold, we should aim for both macro-level systemic changes as well as micro-level lifestyle choices, Naidu said. We need a mass movement for environmental protection.
Calling for serious introspection and bold actions to mitigate the reality of rising extreme events and dwindling biodiversity, Naidu said, it is not only the duty of the government to deliberate, but of every citizen and human being on the earth. Duty is to save this planet.
The Vice President was inaugurating the International Conference on Environmental Diversity and Environmental Jurisprudence at Chandigarh University, Mohali.
Addressing the gathering, Naidu stressed that India has always been leading the world in climate action. He reiterated India’s commitment to meet the ambitious national goals set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the COP26 summit in Glasgow last year.
Referring to how Indian culture has always respected and worshiped nature, Naidu said that India has enshrined the principles of environmental protection in the Constitution and several related laws were passed even before environmental discourse gained momentum in the developed world. have done.
This sentiment, he said, draws heavily from our ancient values that view human existence as part of the natural environment, not as an exploiter of it.
Appreciating the Indian higher judiciary for upholding environmental justice over the years, he suggested that the lower courts should also maintain an ecological approach and keep the best interests of the local population and biodiversity in their decisions.
He also called for strict action against violators of pollution laws and strict implementation of the polluter should pay principle.
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