Indian Prime Minister Modi calls for individual action to address the climate crisis
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized the need for individual actions to tackle the climate crisis, stating that the issue cannot be solved by conference table discussions alone. Modi's remarks were made during a World Bank event held on April 14, during which he also spoke about India's efforts to promote sustainable practices and the need for financial assistance to support these efforts.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed that the climate crisis cannot be solved by conference table discussions alone, but that individual actions play a vital role in addressing the issue. Modi made the statement during a remote appearance at a World Bank event on April 14. He said that making people aware that their choices can help the planet is key, and that ideas must move from discussion tables to dinner tables to become a mass movement. Modi also spoke about India’s Mission LiFE climate initiative, which focuses on educating people about responsible resource use and promoting sustainable habits, including natural farming and the use of millet grains.
The Indian government has identified the need for financial assistance to help households adopt more sustainable practices. The World Bank pledged to increase its climate funding by nine percent, and Modi has called for financing of behavioral initiatives alongside procedural changes to help bring about change.
India is a major consumer of animal products, with figures showing that in 2022 the country consumed four million metric tons of poultry, while sales of meat and seafood have risen year on year since 2014. India is also home to the world’s largest dairy sector. However, these industries contribute significantly to the climate crisis, with agriculture and deforestation combined accounting for a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, and animal farming responsible for 60 percent of all agricultural emissions, according to Greenpeace. As a result, experts are recommending plant-based diets as a means of tackling the issue.
While around 574 million people follow a meat-free diet in India, only nine percent of the population identifies as vegan.
Modi did not recommend any one specific type of sustainable diet, but did appear to support the adoption of more plant-based ingredients in the food system. He referenced natural farming, commonly associated with regenerative crops, and the promotion of millet grains in everyday diets as sustainable practices.
The Indian government’s Mission LiFE initiative aims to educate people about responsible resource use, with a focus on saving water and energy, and encouraging healthy lifestyles. By promoting sustainable practices and educating people about the impact of their choices on the planet, the Indian government hopes to create a mass movement towards greater sustainability.
Prime Minister Modi’s emphasis on the need for individual actions to tackle the climate crisis is an important reminder that we all have a role to play in protecting the planet. India’s efforts to promote sustainable practices, including natural farming and the adoption of plant-based ingredients, can serve as an example to other nations looking to address the climate crisis. By providing education and financial assistance to support these efforts, governments can help to create a mass movement towards a more sustainable future.