How is India Gearing to Fight Climate Change?

The pressure is building on Indian authorities and companies to increase the pace of efforts to fight climate change in the midst of growing concerns towards the repercussions of carbon emissions in the environment. This has become a necessary step to take after following the revelations that as a country India has become one of the worst offenders of environmental performance.

It has been acknowledged by Dr Harsh Vardhan, the union minister of environment, forest and climate change, that there is a major threat from the climate change to all the well-being and India has to put a step forward to combat it on a good scale. So for playing a positive and constructive role in fighting these climate change conditions, India along with other countries met at Conference of Parties (COP-23) in Bonn, Germany and worked towards developing the guideline for proficient implementation of the Paris Agreement under the convention.

While addressing the audience at the inauguration of Indian Pavilion in that same conference, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that poor and marginalized sections of the global community would be affected most by the changes in climate. Scientific evidence has shown the severity of climate change and what can happen if the appropriate action is not taken. “Every human has an inalienable right to access clean water, air and a liveable climate. This is not a matter of politics, this is our moral obligation”, he added.

All the people should take note that we only have one planet to live and all of us should feel accountable for our shared home’s destruction. Though India contributes one-third of the global average per capita emissions and makes up less than 3% of the global stock of carbon dioxide, it has started taking initiatives to help save the environment and improve the living conditions on the planet.

Motivation towards implementation of better actions for climate change has always been there for India and it also expects other countries to follow the same path and ambition towards the cause. The government of India has now put its focus on building the renewable sector and producing 175 gigawatts of energy from renewable sources of energy by the year 2022. This includes solar power as the largest of the mix with 100GW target followed by wind power.

Dr Vardhan also said that the contribution of citizens, their sustainable lifestyle and climate justice has been effectively providing an alternate way to tackle the issues arising with climate change, which needs to be pursued thoroughly. Since the discussion and awareness around the impact of climate change on all sectors including economic has picked up the pace in India, the steps, which are required to combat the problem, will increase from this point onwards. This will result in quick action by the government and businesses due to pressure.