Save en­ergy, says PM

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO -

“The whole world is wor­ried about cli­mate change. There are dis­cus­sions ev­ery­where over it and con­cerns are be­ing ex­pressed,” Modi said in the 14th edi­tion of the Mann ki Baat pro­gramme, as he also un­der­scored his govern­ment’s ini­tia­tives like dis­tri­bu­tion of over three crore LED lamps.

“There is ac­cep­tance for it (cli­mate change) as an in­dex be­fore any work is done. The tem­per­a­ture of the earth should not in­crease now. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity and con­cern of all.”

Modi and other world lead­ers are gath­er­ing in Paris to dis­cuss a pos­si­ble new global agree­ment on cli­mate change, aimed at re­duc­ing green­house gas emis­sions to avoid the threat of danger­ous warm­ing due to hu­man ac­tiv­i­ties.

In­dia has been ar­gu­ing for com­mon but dif­fer­en­ti­ated re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to tackle cli­mate change.

“We all look for­ward to a con­crete out­come in Paris, within the frame­work of the UN Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change. The frame­work has an ap­pro­pri­ate bal­ance of col­lec­tive ac­tion: Eq­uity and com­mon-but-dif­fer­en­ti­ated re­spon­si­bil­ity and re­spec­tive ca­pa­bil­i­ties,” the PM had ear­lier said.

In­dia main­tains de­vel­oped coun­tries have been the ma­jor pol­luters over the years and should as­sume a greater role in fight­ing global warm­ing by fund­ing and trans­fer­ring low­cost tech­nolo­gies to de­vel­op­ing na­tions.

The Prime Min­is­ter also pitched for joint ex­er­cises by South Asian na­tions for dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness and said the govern­ment will mark De­cem­ber 14 as the na­tional en­ergy con­ser­va­tion day.

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