At the launch of the International Solar Alliance during the COP21 Summit in Paris in 30th November 2015, the book “Convenient Action- Continuity for Change” authored by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was released. The book was released in the august presence of the President of France, Mr. Francois Hollande, UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon and other world leaders.
The book offers a rich insight and perspective on the efforts of the Government of India towards mitigating the menace of climate change and towards improving our environment. The book outlines the Prime Minister’s thoughts on climate ethics and climate justice. Shri Narendra Modi has been emphasizing on climate justice for several years now, stating that it is our responsibility to care for a world and a generation that we will not see and securing them from natural disasters as well as the ill-effects of environmental degradation.
In the book, Shri Modi talks at length about India’s efforts to transform itself into a low-carbon economy. The Prime Minister has emphasized on the importance of collectively working together to achieve our desire of a clean and green India. Building on a model of positive partnership between people, businesses, scientific community, government and NGOs, Mr. Modi’s proposal calls for delivering clean energy and prosperity through site-dependent initiatives and scaling up efforts to make rapid transformation.
The book, which has been published by leading publishing house LexisNexis is available in major cities of USA, UK, France, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and Japan.
The launch of the International Solar Alliance was the opportune moment to release a book of this kind. Such an alliance has been Prime Minister’s Modi dream for several years. The enthusiasm and interest shown by President Hollande ensured that this alliance became a reality during the all-important COP21 Summit. President Hollande and the UN Secretary General joined Prime Minister Modi and shared their thoughts on solar power, renewable energy among other issues.
In his speech, Prime Minister Modi stated that the time has come to look towards the sun to power our future. He expressed his dismay on the fact that millions of people are in darkness despite the rays of the sun touching so many parts of the world. He enumerated India’s strides and ambitious targets vis-à-vis renewable energy, particularly solar energy.
The issue of mitigating climate change has been very close to Shri Modi’s heart for several years. As Chief Minister Shri Modi had penned a book, “Convenient Action: Gujarat's Response to Challenges of Climate Change” in which he elaborated on how Gujarat rose to the occasion to mitigate climate change.