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Fossil Fuels Helped In Industrial Revolution, Made Nations Richer, Earth Poorer: PM Modi At COP26

Addressing a session at COP26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed solar energy as a totally clean and sustainable solution

Fossil Fuels Helped In Industrial Revolution, Made Nations Richer, Earth Poorer: PM Modi At COP26
Through 'One Sun, One World and One Grid', clean energy can be transmitted anywhere and anytime, said PM Modi at COP 26
Highlights
  • Solar energy is totally clean and sustainable: PM Modi
  • Technology has now given us a great alternative- the Sun: PM Modi
  • Worldwide grid can help reduce carbon footprints: PM Modi

New Delhi: Speaking at a session on ‘accelerating clean technology innovation and deployment’ as part of the World Leaders’ Summit during the ongoing COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said highlighted the importance of ‘Solar Energy’. He said that the use of fossil fuels made some countries prosperous, but made the earth and environment poor. He added that the race for fossil fuels also created geo-political tensions along with rising emissions and global warming.

Also Read: India Will Achieve Target Of “Net Zero” By 2070, Says PM Modi At COP26

PM Modi stressed that ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’, which is a trans-national electricity grid that aims to supply solar power globally, is a solution to the world’s energy problems. Laying out a plan through the ‘One Sun, One World and One Grid’ solution, the Prime Minister said,

Solar energy is clean and sustainable. The only challenge is that it is only available in the day and is dependent on weather conditions. One Sun, One World, One Grid is a solution to this problem. Through a worldwide grid, clean energy can be transmitted to anywhere and anytime.

PM Modi further said that ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’ will not only reduce storage needs but also enhance viability of solar projects. He added,

This creative initiative will not only reduce carbon footprints and energy cost but also open a new avenue for cooperation between different countries and regions. I am hopeful that a common and strong global grid can be developed through cooperation between ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’ and ‘Green Grid’ initiatives.

Mr Modi also announced that India’s space agency ISRO will give the world a solar calculator application which will map the solar power potential of every part of the world so that solar power projects can be planned accordingly. Through this calculator, Modi emphasised,

Solar power potential of any place in the world can be calculated based on satellite data. This application will be useful in deciding the location of solar projects and will strengthen ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’ initiative.

Also Read: Experts On COP26: ‘India’s New Commitments, A Big Step Towards Climate Goals’

NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity,  that is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

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