Climate problems have changed Indian cultivation patterns, says PM Modi, in favor of ‘global adaptation’ at COP26

Climate change is affecting farmers in India, forcing them to change the way they farm, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during a brief address at COP26 in Glasgow.

Referring to some of India’s policies such as the ‘Clean India Mission’ and ‘Ujjwala Yojana’, Prime Minister Modi said his government is focusing on putting in place adaptation policies.

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“We must make adaptation the main part of our development policies and programs. In India, programs such as Nal Se Jal, Clean India Mission and Ujjawala have not only provided adoption benefits to our citizens but also improved their quality of life,” he said during the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021.

Reiterating the importance of these policies, Prime Minister Modi said there should be more local support for “global climate adaptation which does not have enough space compared to mitigation”.

“Many traditional communities know how to live in harmony with nature. To ensure that this knowledge is passed on to future generations, it should be added to the school curriculum. Protecting a way of life suited to local conditions can also be an important part of adoption,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi was warmly welcomed by his British counterpart Boris Johnson on his arrival at the Scottish Exhibition Center to attend the opening ceremony of the COP26 climate summit where he was to deliver a national statement. Modi, who arrived in Glasgow on Sunday evening from Rome, was received by Johnson and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and was later seen interacting with them animatedly. The three leaders also attended the G20 summit in Italy which concluded on Sunday.

“Together for our planet! Prime Minister @narendramodi was received by UK Prime Minister @BorisJohnson and UN Secretary General @antonioguterres as he arrives at the Scottish Exhibition Center to attend the @COP26 Global Leaders Summit, the bearer tweeted. speech of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Arindam Bagchi. Later, Johnson opened the climate summit, warning that two degrees higher in global temperatures will jeopardize food supplies, three degrees higher will lead to more wildfires and cyclones, while four degrees and ” we are saying goodbye to entire towns”.

He drew the comparison between world leaders and James Bond, saying the fictional secret agent often ends his films fighting to stop a force from ending the world. “The tragedy is that this is not a movie and the doomsday device is real,” he warned.

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Teresa H. Sadler