Prime Minister Modi has demonstrated true leadership in climate change: COP26 President Alok Sharma

Visiting President Alok Sharma of COP26 or Conference of the Parties said the Indians: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Initiatives such as the ISA, the International Solar Alliance, the CDRI and the Union for Disaster Resilience Infrastructure demonstrate “true leadership” in climate change. Sharma, who visited India for two days, told diplomatic correspondent Sidhant Sibal exclusively: This is Prime Minister Modi’s bold effort. ”

This is Arokshama’s third visit to India as COP26 Chief. During his visit, he visited the International Solar Alliance (ISA) headquarters on the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) campus in Delhi. He also talked about the heat waves that are prevalent in Britain, noting that “many people couldn’t stand it.”

Sharma, the British Cabinet Minister, also talked about the ongoing leadership race for the next British Prime Minister. “Both candidates for Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are really good people and they are really devoted,” he said. “History will soon judge British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.” Added.

Q: What was the main focus of your visit to India?

that’s why: This is my third visit in a year and a half and shows that I value India and India’s own commitment. I would like to go back eight months at COP26 held in Glasgow last November. What we got together was the historic agreement, the Glasgow Climate Pact. 200 countries agreed that it was in their own interest to tackle the biggest challenges the world is currently facing. What I do is travel to different countries and discuss with different governments about the commitments they have made and how to work together to ensure that those commitments are fulfilled.

Q: There is a deadly heat wave in the UK. How responsible is climate change for it?

that’s why: You can see that the climate is changing. According to science, temperatures are 1.1-1.2 degrees higher than they were before the Industrial Revolution. You can see the effect, but it is not evenly spread. In the UK, temperatures reached record levels above 40 degrees Celsius, which many couldn’t stand. Also, in the past few weeks, wildfires have struck Britain and here in India, and they have been hit by terrible heat waves. It’s hard to imagine what it would look like to many people around the world who have been facing extreme heat for quite some time. I had the opportunity to meet some people in some communities working outside, working in this situation. That’s exactly why we need to tackle this problem, as it affects millions of people around the world.

Q: There are heat waves in the UK and India. It’s a new normal and what can we do?

that’s why: Sadly, global warming is on the rise and I have had the opportunity for the past 18 months. I was very humble when I met communities around the world at the forefront of climate change. I’m scared to say that science is telling us that people driven out of their homes due to floods, droughts, rising sea levels, and that this would be worse if we didn’t act now and that Because of our commitment We arrived in Glasgow, so it is very important that all countries carry out the commitments made. One of the key issues we had in Glasgow was to say as a global community what we did well with respect to our commitment to maintain the prospect of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. .. I think it came from Glasgow, but it’s just based on the fact that all the promises of each country have been fulfilled. You asked me what I am doing in India, it’s talking about those commitments, and that’s what I’m doing, traveling around the world since COP26, countries have these Understand that you have made a commitment, and at the end of the day the efforts of world leaders in Glasgow. Glasgow was attended by 120 world leaders, including Prime Minister Modi. Leaders of all the world gave enthusiastic speeches, why is it so important to address this issue? What we need now is a global community to see leaders in the same world carry out their commitments.

Q: When it comes to energy options, how do you think Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is affecting the consensus on dealing with climate? Countries are currently looking for new ways to obtain energy, especially coal.

that’s why: I have seen this horrific and illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russia. I think it has caused many other problems, including energy security, rising inflation, rising debt levels around the world, and food security issues. All of that is working and all world leaders need to address these pressing issues right now. As a government or world leader, you need to be able to do one thing at a time. We know that the chronic threat of climate change is exacerbating. In science, seeing this with our own eyes, what is happening in the UK, here in India, across Europe, as well as Australia and the United States, so we tackle this climate change issue. It is extremely important to continue. You talked about the effects of the Ukrainian aggression. You are looking at many countries trying to cut off Russian hydrocarbons. They understood that relying on fossil fuels, especially those owned by hostile actors, would make them extremely vulnerable. Countries are making very clear efforts to move away from Russia’s hydrocarbons, meet urgent energy demands, and at the same time accelerate the amount of clean energy, which is their own clean energy. You are seeing those commitments throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. The UK has announced its own energy security strategy. It’s a long-term thing to do in terms of solar, wind, nuclear and hydrogen. Here in India, at COP 26, the Prime Minister has made a very big promise to secure 500 GW of renewable energy by 2030. This was a very big promise, a bold promise made by Prime Minister Modi, and this was part of my last discussion. For three days, India is on the road to that goal.

Q: But given the fact that the Russians invaded Ukraine, what do you think Europe is okay with the use of coal?

that’s why: Coal was one of the problems, but as I said, what every country is trying to do is keep it on, keep people’s homes warm, keep factories and offices running, everything. To ensure that the country and all governments can do it. I need to do that, but what I’m saying when I’m talking to governments all over Europe and in fact around the world is accelerating in terms of renewable energy and clean energy growth. To have space. In the UK, we can see that other countries are doing this as an example of 100% electricity coming from clean energy sources by 2035.

Q: How can India and the UK work together? One of Glasgow’s highlights was the Green Grid Initiative.

that’s why: We have a good working relationship between the two countries and we have a roadmap for 2030. Climate is a very large part of it, and how to promote cooperation on renewable energy and financing is also part of the discussion here. As you said, we also have the Green Grid Initiative, the One World One Sun Initiative. What I am discussing is how to further accelerate bilateral cooperation. I have to say that India shows true leadership and Prime Minister Modi is true in the work of the International Solar Alliance, the work of the CDRI where I had the privilege of co-chairing the Governance Council for two years. It means that he showed leadership. So there are many things India is leading. It is worth pointing out what India is doing, because of its size, because of its economic size, it is absolutely important to the world and India is taking this leading position. there is. Climate is very important in tackling climate change.

Q: In the opening statement of COP26, you mentioned that the climate dashboard lights are flashing red. You said eight months ago, and we seem to be moving towards worsening?

that’s why: What I said in Glasgow, thanks to our commitment, we were able to say with confidence, although we expect to live 1.5 degrees and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. He also said that the 1.5 pulse is weak and the only way to strengthen it is to ensure that countries fulfill their promises. One of the major commitments from Glasgow was for all countries to revisit their 2030 emission reduction targets. This is the main theme I am discussing with countries around the world. Several major economies have made progress in revising their 2030 emission reduction targets. The G20 countries are making these commitments in particular, but we all need to step up to the plate, and I think the other side is finance. I think it is really important for developing countries to strengthen their support to developing countries with funding. I don’t think we can ask developing countries to curb growth. You need to make sure that you support clean growth. This is one of the things we do through our energy transformation partnership.

Q: The UK is witnessing the weight of immigrant leaders, including you. From Rishi Sunak to Zahavi, Surah Braverman, Priti Patel and Sajid Javid. Is there a cancellation in British politics?

that’s why: I think it will tell you a lot about Britain and what it is like. It’s a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural country, and after all, it’s great as a person thanks to its forward-thinking talent. Of course, there is currently a contest to become the next prime minister. Candidates Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are both really good people and they are really enthusiastic, but I think we had the fact that there were so many people in this race, ladies, ethnic minorities. People in our community have stood up and brought us forward for the leadership of our country. I think it’s great. It’s a really great ad about what the UK is like.

Q: So finally Rishi Sunak vs. Liz Truss. Risi is in a much more comfortable position, according to a survey, although the majority of parliamentarians support him. Where do you bet?

that’s why: I’m not a bettor. All I can say is that both are very talented colleagues and I think anyone who wins will get a very good deal. One of the things I would like to emphasize is that anyone who leads our country will also take leadership in the issue of climate change. Prime Minister Johnson is very good at this issue of climate change, the issue of biodiversity law, and has taken true leadership in this. What I would like to confirm is that anyone who will eventually become the next prime minister shows the same commitment to this issue. As a result of COP26, the UK has demonstrated international leadership and domestic leadership. It is very important to continue our commitment, no matter who takes the lead and who is the next prime minister.

Q: How does history judge Boris Johnson?

that’s why: Well, I’m very sorry that Boris Johnson has left. I think history will eventually judge him well, he did a lot of very good things for our economy, he got the big call right, and as I said he did me I’m sorry to leave as our prime minister, but we compete to play a role and I think we’ll work out with either of them.

Read | Find out how the new Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena’s father was involved in India’s free struggle Prime Minister Modi has demonstrated true leadership in climate change: COP26 President Alok Sharma

Back to top button