SME Times News Bureau | 11 Feb, 2019
Expressing his concern over the unprecedented
scale of environmental degradation and its drastic consequences, Vice President
M. Venkaiah Naidu called upon all nations to collaborate and cooperate in an
equally unparalleled manner to ensure sustainable development.
He said that inclusive development was central to
sustainable development. It also encompasses sustainable agriculture;
sustainable mobility solutions; sustainable urbanization; sustainable energy
security and clean energy; sustainable waste management; sustainable efforts in
wildlife conservation and sustainable green innovations.
Addressing the World Sustainable Development
Summit 2019, organized by The Energy and Resources Institute – TERI, Naidu said
that India’s traditional practices reflected a sustainable lifestyle and the
Vedic philosophy of India always emphasized the undeniable connection that human
beings share with nature.
The Vice President said that every individual
must contribute to sustainable development, whether by turning the ignition off
at long traffic stops or by recycling and composting or by cycling to work in
Emphasizing the importance of judicious use of
resources to save them for future generations, he said that one must realize
that we are not inheritors but merely trustees of this earth.. It is our prime
responsibility to pass it on to posterity in its pristine glory, he added.
Pointing out that the immediate impacts of
climate change were felt by developing countries, because of higher dependence
on climatic variables, Naidu said that everyone must join hands to minimize the
impact of climate change.
The Vice President lauded the efforts of
government for initiating efforts to create International Solar Alliance with
France for promoting clean energy.
He said that India was on the course to achieving
175 GW renewable energy target and 40% of India’s electricity generation is set
to be from non fossil fuels, by 2022.
India is committed to reducing 33 to 35 percent
of emission intensity of its GDP during 2005 to 2030 in tune with its
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), he added.
The Vice President said that there was an urgent
need to make use of the endless possibilities of biotechnology and nano
technology to develop a range of green products including nano-fertilisers to
attain sustainability in agriculture.
Saying that working with farmers to increase
awareness on climate change was crucial, he also stressed upon the need to move
towards more efficient systems of irrigation with ‘more crop per drop’ as a
mantra. Greater thrust has to be placed on organic farming and on the use of
natural means of pest control, he added.