PM Narendra Modi on Saturday spoke about climate change and India's support to Maldives for sustainable development while addressing the Maldives Parliament.
“I mentioned climate change. There is no doubt that it is a reality of our times. Drying rivers and uncertainty of weather adversely affect our agriculture and farmers. If we delay action any further, our current and future generations will never forgive us. But, even more than that, melting glaciers and rising sea-levels have become an existential threat for countries like the Maldives. Marine pollution has wreaked havoc on livelihood dependent on coral islands and the Ocean.
"Who can forget your radical and courageous step to hold the world’s first Cabinet Meeting in the depths of the ocean for attracting the world’s attention to these dangers? Maldives has taken several other exemplary initiatives also to promote sustainable development. Renewable energy is a potent alternative for mitigating many adverse effects of climate change," he said.
"This distinguished gathering is familiar with India’s ambitious target of 175 GW of renewable energy by the year 2022, and year 2022, and the progress achieved in attaining it surpassing all expectations. And recently, India’s cooperation has lit up streets of Male with 2,500 energy-efficient and environment-friendly LED street lights. And over two hundred thousand LED bulbs have reached homes and shops in Maldives. They will help save precious electricity and environment and also cut electricity bill. India has paid special attention to the needs and concerns of small islands. However, everyone needs to join in so that we can reach the requisite level of collective efforts. But we will be wrong to assume that merely technological solutions can help us fight the challenge of climate change. It will not be possible to adequately mitigate the adverse effects of climate change without bringing in changes in our values, approach, lifestyle, and societies," he said.