Allow us to not get too romantic in regards to the blue skies, starlit nights, clear rivers, crisp air, and considerable sightings of wildlife over the previous one month of lockdown, mentioned Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar. “We’ve obtained this atmosphere solely as a result of there aren’t any automobiles plying, no industries working. Below such circumstances, maybe we are able to maintain inhabitants of 30 crores, not the 130 crores now we have in India,” mentioned the minister, emphasizing that if the COVID-19-induced lockdowns around the globe had proven something, it was that individuals wanted to stay extra sustainable life.
The minister mentioned that it was much more vital proper now for the worldwide group to get again collectively in the direction of constructing a sustainable world. He was famous that India’s method had, at all times, been of need-based consumption. However, until the larger powers of the globe additionally obtained their focus collectively, even the laudable achievement of India managing to realize its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) would quantity to naught, he mentioned.
The minister mentioned that economies can be closely impacted because of the pandemic, and, proper now, “we do not know what’s the finish of the story. But, now we have to organize for a publish COVID-19 world, too, on the identical time”. He mentioned that the US, the sturdiest economic system, was in the doldrums. “On one hand, they [US] wish to save lives, on the opposite, they’re as eager to begin the economic system. Our targets are related, too, although our main focus is on saving lives. We’re progressively opening up the agricultural economic system first.”