PM Modi launches Mission LiFE ‘Lifestyle for the Environment’

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for the Environment) movement at the Gujarat Statue of Unity on Thursday. Envisioned by Prime Minister Modi, Mission LiFE is expected to be an India-led global mass movement that will encourage individual and collective action to protect and preserve the environment, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement. .

“The launch of Mission LiFE in Gujarat is significant as it was the first state in the country to take action on renewable energy and climate protection. From installing solar panels on canals to initiating water conservation projects in drought-stricken areas of the state, Gujarat has always presented itself as a leader and a precursor,” said the Prime Minister.

He added that the prevailing notion that climate change is a problem related only to politics. This leads to a process of reflection that leaves this overarching issue solely to the government or international organizations. “People are experiencing the effects of climate change in their environment and over the past decades unexpected calamities have been observed. This clearly shows that climate change is about more than just policy making and that people themselves are discovering that they have to contribute as individuals, families and communities to the environment.”

Prime Minister Modi said Mission LiFE’s mantra is “Lifestyle for the Environment”. “It connects the powers of people for the protection of this land and teaches them how to use it better. Mission LiFE democratizes the fight against climate change, to which everyone can contribute according to their abilities. It inspires us to do everything that can be done in our daily lives to protect the environment. He believes that the environment can be protected by making changes in our way of life.”

He said the mission emboldens the spirit of model P3, Pro Planet People. “Mission Life, unites the people of the earth as a pro planet, uniting them all in thought. It operates on the basic principles of ‘The Planet, For The Planet, By The Planet’ way of life.”

He added that the concept of “reduce, reuse and recycle” and the circular economy have been part of the Indian way of life for years. “Such practices are widespread, prompting us to walk in harmony with nature. Mission LiFE will encompass all lifestyles related to nature conservation, which our ancestors adopted and which can be part of our way of life today.”

“India is committed to tackling the threat of climate change. The annual per capita carbon footprint in the country is only about 1.5 tonnes, compared to a global average of 4 tonnes per year. India has the fourth largest renewable energy capacity in the world. We are fourth in wind power and fifth in solar power. India’s renewable energy capacity has increased by about 290% over the past 7-8 years. We also achieved the goal of reaching 40% of electricity capacity from non-fossil fuel sources 9 years ahead of the deadline. We had also reached a target of 10% ethanol blended in gasoline, and that too 5 months before the deadline. Thanks to the National Hydrogen Mission, India has turned to an environmentally friendly source of energy. This will help India and many countries around the world to achieve their zero emissions goal,” Prime Minister Modi said.

The Prime Minister also attended a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

António Guterres said, “The Lifestyle For Environment -LiFE initiative is designed to highlight essential and hopeful truths. All of us, individuals and communities, can and must be part of the solution to protect our planet and our collective future. After all, overconsumption is at the root of the planetary triple emergency of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. We use the equivalent of 1.6 planet Earths to support our way of life. This great excess is aggravated by the great inequality.”

He added that the initiatives of the LiFE movement are expected to spread around the world. “I am extremely encouraged by India’s commitment to pursue environmentally friendly policies and its pledge to dramatically increase investment in renewable energy, championing the International Solar Alliance. We must trigger the renewable energy revolution and look forward to working with India to drive this agenda forward.”

Speaking of the upcoming CoP 27 in Egypt, the Secretary-General said the conference presented a key political opportunity to reveal confidence and accelerate action on all pillars of the Paris Agreement. “With its vulnerability to climate impacts and its massive economy, India can play a vital bridging role.”

Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel, Union External Affairs Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar were present on the occasion.

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