Mahatma Gandhi would have liked Indians to focus on the issue of climate change, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said, stressing that the fight against this global challenge is much larger than just renewable energy and involves a virtual overhaul of the lifestyle.
In his remarks at an event to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Library of the US Congress, Jaishankar said that through a mix of policy and advocacy, there has been fundamental shift in the way in which India approaches the issue of climate change.
India’s new ambition is to establish 450 GW of renewable capacity by 2030, he said.
Jaishankar said the the Modi government got a resounding mandate from the people at the 2019 elections due to the effective delivery on the ground of socio-economic services and benefits that are so much in consonance with this approach.
He said the next five years will not only see the existing initiative taken forward but supported by a raft of new campaigns, the latest being against single use plastics.