Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an address to a Plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2017 said that India stands by its commitment to the Paris Accord to curb global warming. According to ANI, when asked about his reaction to President Donald Trump pulling the US out of the Paris accord, PM Modi said, “Don’t think I will take sides on this subject, but would rather take the side of our future generations”. Modi in his speech said that the cultural heritage of India is dedicated to nature, to the study of the environment and that the exploitation of nature is a crime.The PM said that India is a responsible nation with respect to climate change and stressed on the commitment to ‘Zero defect’ in manufacturing & ‘Zero effect’ on the environment.
Russian President Vladimir Putin who also attended SPIEF 2017 said, ”Effectively what one can do is to alter US obligations within Paris Accord. What was said was said and so you have to think what to do next”. Prime Minister Modi also stated that India is targeting to set an installed capacity of 175 GW of renewable energy.
India reiterated its commitment to global warming after President Donald Trump on Thursday said the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. Trump had said the Paris Accord would undermine the US economy, cost jobs, weaken national sovereignty and put the country at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world, according to the Indian Express.
According to ANI, PM Modi said, “Paris or no Paris India would stick to its commitment”.