Lauding PM Modi's UN Climate Action Summit address, Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar, on Monday, said that India has set a clear path to tackle Climate change. Talking about US President Donald Trump's surprise visit at the UN Climate Action Summit, he said that he is hopeful that PM Modi will be able to get Trump on the cards as far as climate change is concerned. He added that if action is not taken immediately, countries near coastal areas will be affected first. He also reminded that PM Modi has been committed to climate change since his tenure as Gujarat CM. He added that due to this reason, PM Modi started the Solar alliance.
"PM Modi had made it clear that India is going ahead in its path (on Climate change) and the world should do the same. Otherwise, the countries affected by water-based calamities due to higher carbon emissions will continue. It has been India's tradition to preserve nature and lower emissions. When PM Modi was Gujarat CM he had told then PM Manmohan Singh to ally with countries located on the sun-belt (equator to Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn) to form the Solar alliance," he said.
Earlier on Monday, the members of UN Climate Action Summit were in for a surprise when US President Donald Trump popped in at the event, after previously refusing to attend the same. According to international news reports, Trump spent about 15 minutes at the Summit. Reports state that he had scheduled an appearance at a religious freedom event at the same time as the same event. He reportedly listened to PM Modi and Chancellor Angela Merkel's address before exiting the venue.
Meanwhile, at the United Nation 's Climate Action Summit, PM Modi set a 450 GW target for India's renewable energy generating capacity. Stating that the protection of nature is a part of Indian tradition he said that it is also a part of India's future. Putting principles into action, he said that India plans to increase its capacity to 175 GW by 2022. He also highlighted India's motto 'Need not greed'.
He also talked about the various changes taken by India to bring down emissions by automobiles. He also spoke about other steps like water conservation, solar energy and clean fuel gas connection implemented by India. PM Modi was the fourth world leader to speak at the Summit after the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern and Marshall Islands President Dr. Hilda C. Heine.