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A heart-warming pledge to fight global warming

India’s commitment to become Net Zero by 2070 at COP26 Summit in Glasgow is encouraging not only because India is the second largest nation in the world in terms of population but also is on the path of becoming one of the largest countries in terms of economic power too.

Of course, to achieve the target we may have to depend more upon the next generation than the present one but by then we will be hopefully better equipped in terms of technology. Meanwhile, it should also be remembered that by giving more time to achieve the target task may become even more tougher as the economic progress (which we are likely to achieve in the coming years) will normally come at the cost of environment.

However, India’s track record on meeting our target has been reasonably good. Today India is at number four in the world in installed renewable energy capacity. India’s non-fossil fuel energy has increased by more than 25% in the last 7 years. And now it has reached 40 percent of our energy mix.

Further, our railway network system that carries passengers numbering more than the entire population of the world every year, has set itself a target of making itself ‘Net Zero’ by 2030. If we are able to achieve this target then this initiative alone will lead to a reduction of 60 million tonnes of emissions annually. Similarly, our massive LED bulb campaign is reducing emissions by 40 million tonnes annually.

Over the last year more and more governments have committed to ‘Net Zero’ — which means stopping most greenhouse gas emissions completely, with mitigation measures to cancel the effects of those remaining. It is the world’s greatest common challenge, requiring an unprecedented alignment of human effort from individuals, businesses and governments. Now India too has joined this club which also means that we need to be environmentally more conscious while aiming to achieve our goal to become world’s third largest economic power in next few years.

Agreements to cut emissions and reach Net Zero are made at a national level and all countries have a role to play. This is recognized by the 2015 Paris Agreement, ratified by 186 countries and territories including India, which aims to keep global temperature rises this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and try to limit them to 1.5 degrees.

Ultimately, the climate challenge can only be met if society as a whole changes behaviours. Although not all countries are equally responsible for the problem, and consequences will vary, as with COVID-19, no one and no country is safe until the world is safe. It is vital that everyone does everything he/she can to contribute. It demands that individuals, organizations and countries collaborate to an unprecedented degree, and act transparently and honestly.

 

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