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Siddharth Roy is a 22-year-old Author and Community Enabler from India. He is an alumnus of Whistling Woods International (Tata Institue of Social Sciences) and is pursuing hi … MORE
Climate change is creating a profound impact on Global warming and societal security. Studies suggest that rising temperatures, growing food concerns, depletion of soil and water, and irregular rainfall are primary consequences of climate change. Carbon Footprint is one of the leading factors of Climate change; a point to be highlighted is – The average Carbon Footprint of an Indian is 0.56 tonnes per year, compared to the Global average of 4 tonnes. India’s Social norms and Traditional Roots firmly position the country to lead the Global climate change initiative through individual contributions to the Jan Andolan movement – LiFE.
What is LiFE – Lifestyle For Environment?
LiFE aims to replace the prevailing “use-and-dispose” economy with a circular economy, which would be characterised by conscious and careful utilisation. The campaign aims to encourage citizens to embark on simple actions in their daily lives that can contribute enormously to a movement to spread awareness about climate change. The Mission intends to assemble and nurture a global community of “Pro-Planet People” (P3), who will have a mutual commitment to embrace and encourage environment-friendly lifestyles.
India’s Present Overview
While diverse countries have made fictitious promises, India is the only country on track to accomplish its NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions) from 2015. One of the ways to be a low Carbon emitter Country is by generating electricity through renewable sources. India presently generates 23% of its electricity from renewable sources and plans to raise it to 40% by 2030. The upcoming G-20 forum will be an influential platform to discuss Climate-First policy; meanwhile, India steers the Global South ship in ensuing Climate Justice in the G-20 and other global organisations. India’s traditions and culture have always preserved and promoted Environment First Policy.
 India’s Historical Roots 
India’s modern commitment to Nature is not a tale of Modern miracles but a deeply rooted cultural affair. The Environment First approach has been mentioned in our ancient texts. Living in harmony with Nature has been a vital component of Indian culture. This has been profusely echoed in various arts and crafts, rituals, folklore, religious beliefs, and traditional practices. The Rig Veda demonstrates the symbolism of this knitted kinship: “Heaven is my father; my mother is this vast earth, my close kin.” We can find the oldest visual image of human fascination for nature in India in the 10,000-year-old cave paintings at Bhimbetka in Central India, depicting birds, animals, and humans living in harmony. Also, the theme of Lord Krishna’s life depicted in miniature paintings underlines an appreciation of ecological balance; he is portrayed persuading individuals to worship the mountain to ensure rainfall. India’s cultural roots are the backbone of the LiFE movement and India’s future projections and commitments.
At the 26th Conference of Parties (CoP26), our Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a five-fold strategy — the panchamrita — to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2070 –India will build a non-fossil energy capacity of 500 gigawatts by 2030; India will generate 50% of energy needs from renewable energy by 2030; India will decrease the projected carbon emissions by one billion tonnes till 2030; By 2030, India will lower the carbon intensity by less than 45%; So, by the year 2070, India will aim to achieve the target of Net Zero Emission.
India’s commitments are not just words on paper but projections on target. India’s LiFE campaign, daily household practices and deep historical and cultural roots concrete why India should lead the Global Climate Movement.
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Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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