Narendra Modi receives UN Champions of the Earth award in New Delhi, says India's commitment to environment has only increased
India's commitment to environment has only increased, Narendra Modi said, adding that his government is working to bring down 'emission intensity'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was presented with United Nations Champions of the Earth Award, the highest environmental honour, by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Wednesday at a ceremony in New Delhi. Twitter/@PIB_India
Presenting the award, Guterres said that Modi has recognised the challenges of climate change and understands the need of climate action. "Many leaders understand climate change but Modi acts on it. The example of prime minister's leadership is not being followed enough", he said. Twitter/@PIB_India
In his acceptance speech, Modi said that the Indian commitment towards preservation of environment was far deep rooted than a policy decision. Referring to his political slogan of Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas, he said that he also includes nature in it and by extension, the slogan also means each citizen is a responsible participant in the growth journey. Twitter/@DDNational
India's commitment to environment has only increased, Modi said, adding that his government is working to bring down "emission intensity" by 20-25 percent in the next two years. Citing ancient Hindu shlokas and texts, the prime minister also referred to India's traditions to assert that respecting nature had always been part of Indian society. Twitter/@DDNational
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also addressed the gathering and said, "The prime minister always believed that we can conserve our environment and move on the path of development." Twitter/@DDNational