Asserting that environment and development have always gone hand-in-hand, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave today said that the answer to climate change is leading a life with minimum carbon footprint.
“Right way of development is the right way of environment… Leading a life with minimum carbon footprint is the answer to climate change,” he said while underling the steps taken by India to meet the commitment under Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals 2030 and phasedown of HFCs.
He was speaking after inaugurating the two-day conference of additional chief secretaries (Forests) and principal chief conservator of forests and chief wildlife wardens here.
“Jungle is a living entity and it also communicates, provided we have the ability to listen to it. The three essential components – forests, tribal forest dwellers and life forms living in forests complement one another and are not rivals,” he said.
“Agro-forestry, bamboo or grass can be possible alternatives to reduce this pressure…,” he said, adding that there is need to change the “colonial outlook” that has existed from the pre-Independence period towards forests, tribal forest dwellers and life forms.
Dave also referred to new developments at the national level, such as passing of the CAMPA Bill, which paves the way for effective utilization of large sum of funds available under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund.
“Environment and development have always gone hand-in-hand,” he said while highlighting the need to plant trees and importance of connecting the younger generation to forests.
He said that India has agreed to take a number of actions on a voluntary basis to meet the commitment under Paris Agreement, Sustainable Development Goals 2030, as well as the recently-concluded agreement on HFCs and also referred to the recent developments at the global as well as national level in the environment sector.
He also underlined the need to develop an effective strategy to achieve forestry-related climate targets, which India had submitted under the Paris agreement.