Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after receiving the ‘Champions of The Earth Award’ from the United Nations, said Indians were committed to save the environment
Prime Minister Narendra Modi courted global fame when the United Nation Secretary General Antonio Guterres presented him its highest environmental honour ‘Champions of The Earth Award’ at a special ceremony. PM Modi has got this award jointly with Emmanuel Macron, the president of France. The award was announced on September 26 on the sidelines of 73rd UN General Assembly in New York. The UN chief praised PM Modi, saying, “We are recognising a statesman who embodies true leadership.”
“In PM Narendra Modi, we have a leader who realises the issue of climate change and understands the benefits of climate action. He knows the problems and also works to solve them,” Guterres added. The Award was for PM Modi’s extensive efforts to ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’- including an ambitious pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022, the UN Environment said.
PM Modi was also recognised for his International Solar Alliance initiative, a global partnership that aims to scale up solar energy in ‘solar-resource-rich countries’ and reduce humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Guterres also hailed India in his speech. “I thank India for setting an example and was pleased to present Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Champions of the Earth Award,” the UN chief said.
While accepting the award, PM Modi said, “I accept this award on behalf of millions of Indians who protect the environment each and every day... From fisherfolk who only take what they need or tribal communities who think of forests as their family. We will never be able to tackle climate change without bringing climate into our culture. And this is why India is taking so much action for our climate.”
Gandhiji was the most deserving candidate for the United Nations Champions of the Earth award, the prime minister said while addressing a gathering here after inaugurating a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
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