Protection of environment – An article of faith for PM Modi

Published By : Admin | June 5, 2023 | 15:00 IST

“For us protection of environment is an article of faith. We have natural resources because our previous generations protected these resources. We must do the same for our future generations.” – PM Narendra Modi

PM Modi’s personal endeavour has enabled India foster a policy of environmental protection and climate change. Be it the ‘International Solar Alliance’ or the ‘LiFE Mission’, both of these initiatives have resonated at a global scale enabling the meeting of energy demands through renewable sources of energy, thereby promoting an environmental consciousness.

Suresh Prabhu, Former Union Minister narrates an incident showcasing PM Modi’s effort towards environment conservation and climate change. Gujarat became the first state to have a ‘Department of Climate Change’ when PM Modi was the CM of Gujarat. This was an unprecedented development as even the Ministry of Environment at the central level then, had not integrated the concept of climate change.

Mr. Prabhu was a part of an organisation called the Climate Group which would organise various meetings and events, where in PM Modi was a regular participant. It was in one of these meetings when PM Modi told Mr. Prabhu that India cannot import its energy demands and will soon have to become Aatmanirbhar with this regard.

PM Modi envisaged the ‘Global Solar Alliance’ which also served as a platform to popularise the need for solar energy as a renewable source of energy. He even wrote a letter to the then PM for implementing the same which didn’t materialise. Mr. Prabhu who was then the Chairman of Energy, Environment and Water attempted to implement and popularise PM Modi’s vision of solar energy.

When PM Modi became the Prime Minister of India, the International Solar Alliance was established with its headquarters in India. PM Modi enabled prominence to the International Solar Alliance which was the first global organization to be headquartered in India. Even developed countries like the US wished to be a part of this initiative, showcasing how PM Modi made his efforts of environmental protection resonate globally, benefitting several countries attain their renewable energy targets, generating an environmental consciousness.

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