UN Secretary-general António Guterres, delivered the 19th Darabari Seth memorial lecture on August 28 where he talked about how to bring the sustainable vision to life – and about India’s role in that vital effort.
Darbari Seth was a climate action pioneer. He stressed that India must end its dependency on polluting; financially uncertain and expensive fossil fuels and instead invest in renewable, economically resilient renewable radiation. Today, when we confront the twin challenges of COVID-19 and climate change, this initiative has never been more critical. The global pandemic has uncovered economic fragility and inequality that undermine the foundations of sustainable growth. The quickly warming climate causes even more instability and further highlights the fundamental and destructive imbalances in our environment.
Today’s young climate activists understand this. They understand climate justice. They know that the nations most impacted by climate change have made the least commitment to it. When we look to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to make a promise to do better. That means reforming our economic, energy, and health systems – saving lives, building healthy, sustainable ecosystems, and preventing the existential challenge of climate change.
India has all the ingredients for leadership at home and abroad. The keys are poverty alleviation and affordable access to electricity – two of India’s top priorities. Scaling up renewable energy, particularly solar energy is a formula for both solutions.
Investments in green energies, sustainable transport, and energy conservation during the pandemic recovery could expand power coverage to 270 million people worldwide – about a third of the population currently without it. These same investments will help to generate nine million jobs per year within the next three years. That means three times more Employment!
With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to push many people back into poverty, such job creation is an opportunity that can never be missed. India is already moving in this direction.
Since 2015, the number of people employed in the renewable energy sector in India has risen by five. Last year, the country’s investment in renewable energy exceeded its investment in coal-fired power production for the first time. India has also made tremendous strides in equal access to electricity. Yet, considering the 95% access score, 64 million Indians are still denied access today. There is always work to be done and opportunities to be taken. Renewable energies narrowing the gap in access to electricity.
Government funding for fossil fuels has risen by 65% over the last two years, while renewables have decreased by 35%. However, the overall trend since 2014 appears to be a net change in funding away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. Proceeded with help for petroleum derivatives such a significant number of numerous spots the world over is profoundly disturbing.
In the event that petroleum derivative discharges were disposed of, by and large future could ascend by over 20 months, dodging 5.5 million passings for every year around the world.
Investing in fossil fuels means more deaths and illness and rising healthcare costs.
Not just because the cost of renewables has plummeted so low that it is easier to construct new renewable energy infrastructure but the share of non-competitive coal-fired power plants would grow steadily to 60% by 2022s. This is the reason the world’s biggest financial specialists are progressively forsaking coal. They can recognize the inevitable. It spells strand “The coal business is going up in smoke.”
The benefits of India’s sustainable power source assets are plain to see.
They are minimal effort, shielded from unstable products markets, and extend to three-times the employment opportunity capability of petroleum derivative force plants. And they can improve air quality at a time when our cities are literally choking.
With its large scale and biological richness, India is now suffering many of the worst consequences of climate change. Floods and droughts are becoming more severe and severe, causing considerable harm to food supplies, local ecosystems, and human health. The latest floods in India have ended the lives of millions of people. Climate change is struck hardest by the most marginalized, weakening the impressive gains achieved by countries like India in getting millions out of poverty.
That’s why UN Secretary-general António Guterres has urged governments to take six climate-positive actions to recover better from the pandemic.
- Invest in green jobs.
- Try not to rescue dirtying enterprises.
- End non-renewable energy source endowments.
- Consider atmosphere hazards in all budgetary and strategy choices.
- Work together.
- Generally significant, abandon nobody.
Like all countries, India is at a crossroads. And yet, considering the major obstacles that the world faces in delivering mutual wealth to its people, it has adopted renewable technologies and a sustainable energy future in many respects. He applauds India’s decision to move forward with the International Solar Alliance in the form of One Sun, One World, One Grid.
He quoted” India can be the business hub to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 7.”
India can be a true global super-power in the battle against climate change if it accelerates the transition from fossil fuels to green energy. During the pandemic, India’s share of renewable energy grew from 17% to 24%, while coal-fired electricity decreased up to 66%. This positive pattern needs to be maintained. Renewable electricity needs to increase and the use of coal must be phased out.
This has to be our story. A tale of wealthier and healthier growth in the 21st century, generating more employment, more equity, and more opportunity. It’s a story that most entrepreneurs and innovators are sharing in India and across the world.Both the pandemic and the climate crisis have raised profound concerns about how to protect the welfare and well-being of the people of the world and how countries could work to achieve the common good. Young people, in particular, are looking at the government to promote intergenerational unity and to take positive action for democracy, equity, and social justice. At this pivotal moment, as the UN marks its 75th anniversary, India has a crucial role to play.