GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched ‘Mission LiFE’ (Lifestyle for Environment) at the Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Ekta Nagar.
At the launch of ‘Mission LiFE’ in Kevadia, PM Modi said, “The issue of climate change is being witnessed everywhere. Our glaciers are melting, rivers are drying up. Mission LIFE will help in fighting the climate crisis,” PM Modi said.
“A perception was created that climate change is merely a policy-related issue & that both governments or international institutions will take steps regarding it. But now, people are feeling the effects of climate change,” he said.
PM Modi said that a bit of changing lifestyles can be of help to the environment.
“Some people prefer dropping AC temperatures to 17 degrees, this creates a negative impact on the environment. Use cycles while going to gyms, doing our bit to change our lifestyles can be of help to the environment,” he said.
PM Modi also highlighted that reuse, reduce and recycling are part of India’s traditions and culture. “We need to bring back these practices and work towards making sustainable choices,” he said.
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at the global launch of ‘Mission Life’, said G20 combined as resources, they have the power to end the war against nature and set us on course towards sustainable living.
“G20 countries account for 80% of global greenhouse gas emissions but it also represents 80% of global GDP. G20 combined as resources, they have the power to end the war against nature and set us on course towards sustainable living,” the UN chief said.
The UN chief said that India can play a critical bridging role in building trust between developing and developed nations.
“COP27 represents a key political opportunity to rebuild trust & accelerate action across all pillars of the Paris Agreement. With its vulnerability to climate impact & its massive economy, India can play a critical bridging role in building trust between developing and developed nations,” he said.
He further said, “Individuals and communities can and must be a part of the solution of protecting our planet and our collective future.”
The UN chief said that the developed countries must follow through on their commitments to provide meaningful financial and technological support to countries throughout this transition.
“Developed countries must follow through on their commitments to provide meaningful financial & technological support to countries like India throughout this transition. We need to unleash a renewables revolution & look forward to working with India on this,” the UN chief added.