India is focusing on growth and green jobs, says PM Moditext_fields
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that achieving net zero emissions by 2070 is India's top goal. He added that the country is focusing on green growth and green jobs.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the National Conference of Environment Ministers.
Speaking about the role of the environment ministry of every state, he said it is necessary to maintain equilibrium with nature. "I urge all environment ministers to promote a circular economy as much as possible in the states." In an official statement, he said steps in this direction will strengthen solid waste management and campaign against single-use plastic, reported ANI.
Addressing the groundwater issues, he said even states with abundant water are facing a shortage. "Measures like chemical-free natural farming, Amrit Sarovar, and water security are not limited to the individual departments. It is critical to work with a participative and integrated approach by the environment ministries."
He further said that public awareness is an important factor in protecting the environment and it has been emphasised in the National Education Policy. Experienced-based learning will create awareness about biodiversity among children.
"Children who live in our coastal areas should also be taught how to protect the marine ecosystem. We have to make our children, and future generations sensitive toward the environment. Research on the conditions of forests is equally important," he added.
Speaking about the significance of the holistic development of Ekta Nagar in Gujarat, he said it is a prime example of an environmental pilgrimage when it comes to forests, water conservation, tourism, and tribal communities. He also cited examples of the International Solar Alliance, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, and LiFE movement.
"India is making huge strides in the fields of renewable energy and is guiding other nations. The world is joining India because of its track record of fulfilling its commitments. Gir lions, tigers, elephants, one-horned rhinos, and leopards have increased in numbers over the years," he added.