Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for Paris to attend the world conference on climate change COP21 amid his emphasis that it is the responsibility of all to work against global warming. Before leaving, in his monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat which went on air on Sunday, he said it is the responsibility of all to ensure that the Earth’s temperature does not rise as global warming is already creating disasters like recent heavy rainfall in Chennai.
“Leaving for Paris, where I will join @COP21. In the Summit, we will deliberate on crucial issues relating to environment & climate change,” he posted on his Twitter page.
The Prime Minister said he and French President Francois Hollande will jointly host a meeting of International Solar Alliance. Modi will also attend ‘Mission Innovation’ being hosted by US President Barack Obama.
Prior to his departure, the Prime Minister said in ‘Mann Ki Baat': “The whole world is worried about climate change. There are discussions everywhere over it and concerns are being expressed…. The temperature of the Earth should not increase now. It is the responsibility and concern of all.”
India has been maintaining that the developed countries have been the major polluters over centuries and should assume greater role in fighting global warming by funding and transferring low-cost technology to developing nations.
In his comparatively short programme this month that lasted only 20 minutes, PM Modi addressed the issue of natural disasters that are wrecking people’s lives in different parts of the world and he also asked for suggestions to the portal Mygov.com.
He recalled his proposal for setting up a SAARC disaster response mechanism and said the recently-held ‘table talk exercise and best practices seminar’ in Delhi was a good beginning in this regard.
“We keep receiving news about the natural disasters from every corner of the world. Such are the tragedies which have never been heard earlier or imagined. We are now experiencing the impact of fast-changing climate. In our own country, massive rains recently hit Tamil Nadu and caused losses to it as well as other states. Several people lost their lives. I offer my condolences to them,” he said.
The Prime Minister wanted to know as to what should be its structure, the logo and how to increase public participation in it of Mygov.com.
“It is expected to be a very specific scheme. Apply your creative mind and give suggestions as to how to connect each and every Indian with the mantra of unity and harmony and ‘Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat’,” the Prime Minister said.
(With inputs from PTI)