Modi stresses the need for capacity building and spreading awareness about the impact of climate change in India
New Delhi: The unseasonal rains and flooding in Tamil Nadu are a consequence of global warming, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, setting a sombre Indian context to the climate change summit in Paris.
Modi stressed the need for capacity building and spreading awareness about the impact of climate change in India, but also proposed joint exercises by South Asian nations for disaster preparedness.
“We are seeing the impact of climate change now. The unseasonal rains resulted in floods in Tamil Nadu. In India, we have witnessed heavy rains in non-monsoon weather. Huge losses have been reported and many people have lost their lives," Modi said in his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
Modi also pointed out that energy conservation is an important aspect of fighting climate change and said that the government will mark 14 December as the national energy conservation day.
“The entire world is worried about climate change, global warming, and it is being debated and discussed everywhere. This is everyone’s responsibility and also concern," Modi said. “We have to also spread awareness about climate change to farmers. Crop burning by farmers adds to the burden on environment. The remains on the field can be used as manure and it can help farmers during farming."
Experts said the PM’s message is aimed at setting the stage for linking climate change with extreme weather events in India.
“We need to connect extreme weather events with climate change. But this has not been happening. The prime minister’s programme today, however, sets the mood for such discussion," said Rakesh Kamal, senior programme manager, climate change at the Centre for Science and Environment, an environmental NGO. “It also starts the discussion among people in the country over important issues like climate change and pollution. This is definitely a pre-CoP (conference of the parties) action as the agreement that will be reached at Paris would need to be ratified by Parliament."
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