India turns to Co-BRICS nations on thorny climate change issue

India has sought the cooperation of other BRICS nations in addressing the climate change issue that is hovering above in view of who pays for the air pollution — developed or developing nations?

At the first meeting of environment ministers of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in Moscow, Indian Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s contention that “India will lead by example in its effort to combat climate change as Indian lifestyle is simple, stresses on need-based consumption and uses less energy.”

Another focus point in his speech was roping in the common man in mitigating climate change such as participation, creating more awareness, making people partners and ultimately leading to lifestyle changes, he said.

Javadekar, on whirlwind tour of New York to Moscow attending conferences on climate change, is keen to make India stand known to the major players ahead of the December 2015 Paris conference. The minister has asked the cooperation of the developed world for technology boost in developing countries via technology transfer and financial

Among initiatives India is planning to undertake include ‘Fresh air, my birth right’, ‘Save Water, Save Energy’, ‘Grow More Plants’ and ‘Urban green’ along with other such campaigns for generating awareness ensuring peoples’ participation, he said.

Javadekar has listed other programs undertake to address solid waste, e-waste, plastic waste, bio-medical waste and hazardous waste with management rules, awareness via online postings and public consultation with an intent to involve people at all levels.

On the success of BRICS environment ministers’ meeting, Javadekar said it owes more to the members’ decision to “launch a cooperation on environmental issues by setting up a steering committee to coordinate efforts and sharing of technologies and best practices”.

There are many issues related to water, air, industrial pollution, waste management, sewerage treatment among others to be tackled by joint efforts among the BRICS countries, he said.

Javadekar concluded saying urban centres should “conserve energy, save water and lead a lifestyle which is eco-friendly”.

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