Climate change Not “a fringe issue – A global priority.”

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Rapidly changing climate, primarily due to human activities, such as the production of greenhouse gases (GHG), has put the survival of our planet at risk. The irony is those who have contributed the least to the core causes of climate change, the economically poor, are the most likely to be affected by its harshest consequences of the world. Thus, Climate change has gone from being “a fringe issue to a global priority.”

“The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly referred to as COP26, was the 26th United Nations Climate
Change conference, held at the SEC Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, from 31 October to 13 November 2021.” Several international leaders attended the Glasgow summit.

What is COP26

“For nearly three decades, the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties.’’

At the COP26 summit, nations set objectives for reducing their contribution to climate change under the Paris Agreement.

India

• A reduction of 45% in “emissions intensity” by 2030.
• By 2030, 50% of electricity capacity will be derived from non-fossil fuels.
• By 2070, committing to a net-zero environment

USA

• CO2 emissions will be decreased by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.
• By 2030, the goal is for 50% of new vehicles to be electric.
• By 2050, the company wants to be carbon neutral

European Union

• By 2030, emissions will be cut by 55% compared to 1990.
• Aiming for 40% of energy to come from renewable sources by 2030.
• By 2050, it will be carbon neutral.

Russia

• By 2030, emissions will be reduced by30% compared to 1990 levels.
• By 2060, it promises to be carbon neutral

China

• The peak of carbon emissions will occur before 2030, according to China.
• By 2030, it will obtain 25% of its energy from non-fossil fuels.
• Plans to become carbon-neutral before 2060

India Proposes Ancient Process of “Panchamrita” to Reboot Climate

India’s Prime Minister Narender Modi announced a five-point roadmap for helping the world move closer to 1.5 degrees Celsius on the first day of the global climate meeting in Glasgow. Indian proposed plan named ‘Panchamrita’, which translates to ‘five ambrosia’, is an ancient process of blending five natural foods, milk, ghee, curd, honey and jaggery is used in the purification process. Similarly, the world needs to use renewable sources and solutions to address climate change.

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India’s commitment under the Panchamrita plan • Establish non-fossil energy capacity to 500 gigawatts by 2030. • Use renewable energy to cover 50% of energy needs till 2030. • By 2030, cut its carbon emissions by one billion tonnes • By 2030, India’s economy will have reduced its carbon intensity by 45 percent. • By 2070, achieve net-zero emissions. In promises made during the COP26 climate summit, more than 40 countries pledged to move away from coal. The commitment is being made by several coal-mining countries.