GLASGOW: The 26th United Nations Climate Change conference currently being held in Glasgow, Scotland saw a frenzy of international leaders take part and discuss global climate recovery from a devastating pandemic.
Before heading for the opening ceremony of the summit, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi interacted with members of the Indian diaspora in Scotland, meeting more than forty members of the Indian community from Edinburgh and Scotland. Amongst the gathering, were prominent medicos, young achievers, influencers etc.
Modi was felicitated during the interaction with a bust of himself by a Scotland-based surgeon and sculptor Nadey Hakim who later said that he hoped that the Indians back in India would agree with what he had created and that the Prime minister met him and talked to him like a ‘brother’.
Strengthening our people-to-people bonds.
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Scottish Member of Parliament Pam Gosal acknowledged Modi’s message at the COP26 event and said that it was time that the nations in the world united to save the planet from extreme climate change impact as it was obviously a common problem and not an individual problem.
Addressing the COP26 summit on Monday, Modi coined a slogan ‘LIFE’ which stands for ‘Lifestyle for Environment’ emphasises the need to co-exist with the environment on the planet. Modi also announced that India would be reducing one billion tonnes of carbon emission by 2030.
He also announced that India would cut its emissions to net zero by 2070, which is two decades after the original COP26 key goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050. China also announced plans for carbon neutrality by 2060 while the USA and European Union said that they would keep to the original timeline of 2050. Net zero emissions or carbon neutral means not adding to the amount of greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere.
This is the first time that India has set a net zero target.