Climate change is beyond policy-making: PM Modi – Ahmedabad Mirror

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the problem of climate change goes beyond the realm of policy-making while reaffirming India’s commitment to tackle the problem.
He urged people to adopt the mantra of “reduce, reuse and recycle” for sustainable development and that people were experiencing the ill-effects of climate change. On a two-day visit to Gujarat, he along with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched ‘Mission LiFE’ — a global plan of action — aimed at saving the planet from disastrous consequences of climate change.
The launch of ‘Mission LiFE’ aimed at encouraging people towards sustainable living, comes ahead of UN climate meet in Egypt.
The action plan, which includes ideas on lifestyle changes that can be taken up as climate-friendly behaviour, along with logo and tagline for Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment) was  launched by Modi and Guterres at Kevadia in Gujarat. The PM asked people to adopt the concept of circular economy which is a model of production and consumption that involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible. It involves a market that gives incentives for reusing products, rather than scrapping them and then extracting new resources.
Modi said the prevailing notion that climate change is an issue only related to policy leaves this all important issue only to the government or international organisations.
“People are experiencing the effects of climate change in their surroundings, and in the last few decades unexpected calamities were witnessed. This makes it amply clear that climate change goes beyond just policy-making,” he said.
He said Mission LiFE will strengthen the concept of a pro-people planet as it signifies “lifestyle of the planet, for the planet and by the planet”.
Mission LiFE aims to follow a three-pronged strategy for changing people’s collective approach towards sustainability. 
This includes nudging individuals to practice simple yet effective environment-friendly actions in their daily lives (demand) enabling industries and markets to respond swiftly to the changing demand (supply) and to influence government and industrial policy to support both sustainable consumption and production (policy).
He gave an example of LED bulbs in India for reducing electricity bills and protecting the environment. “It led to massive savings and environmental benefits that are a recurring permanent benefit.
He said Middion LiFE emboldens the spirit of “P3 model-that is Pro-Planet.” 
He said India is ranked fourth in production of wind energy and fifth in solar energy. The renewable energy capacity of the country has increased by about 290% in the past seven-eight years. Besides, a target of 40% electric capacity from non-fossil-fuel has been achieved nine years ahead of the deadline.
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