Related Topics: Sustainable Development, Climate Change
PM Narendra Modi has announced at the United Nations Climate Action Summit that India’s renewable energy target will be increased to 450 GW.
Key Highlights of Prime Minister’s Speech
- A global people’s movement is needed to bring about behavioural change.
- India will increase share of non-fossil fuel, will increase renewable energy capacity to beyond 175 GW by 2022 and take it to 450 GW.
- Called for a people’s movement to end the use of single use plastic and hoped that it will create awareness at a global level about the harmful effects of single use plastic.
- India will spend $50 billion on government’s ambitious ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ for water conservation, rainwater harvesting and for the development of water resources.
- A Comprehensive approach is the need of the hour which covers education, values and everything from lifestyle to developmental philosophy.
- PM has announced two international initiatives.
- First, a platform for governments and the private sector to work together to develop low carbon pathways for industry, with Sweden and other countries.
- Second, a Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), which was approved by the Union Cabinet last month and ₹480 crore has been allocated for technical assistance and projects. U.K., Australia and island nations such as Fiji and the Maldives will be part of this coalition.
Related Topics: Government Policies & Initiatives, Water Conservation
President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated the 6th India Water Week-2019 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
About India Water Week
- It is being organised by the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (Ministry of Jal Shakti).
- It was conceptualized and organized for the ﬁrst time in 2012.
- The theme of the India Water Week-2019 is ‘Water Cooperation – Coping with 21st Century Challenges’.
- It is a regular forum where the Ministry discusses, talks, strategizes with eminent stakeholders through seminars, exhibitions and sessions to build public awareness, to get support to implement key strategies for conservation, preservation and optimum use of available water.
Need for Global Cooperation
- To face the challenges concerning water effectively, cooperation between different stakeholders is critical.
- Water issues are too multi-faceted and complex to be solved by only the government or just one nation.
- All nations and their water communities have to come together to help build a water sustainable future for all.
- Like the way the global community is discussing about reducing carbon-footprint, it is time to discuss about water-footprint as well.
- The water footprint measures the amount of water used to produce each of the goods and services we use.
- Farmers, corporate leaders and government bodies need to actively consider the “water-footprint’’ of different crops and industries.
- There is a need for encouraging agricultural and industrial practices that have the least water-footprint.
Managing Water Resources
- Managing and mapping ground-water resources is an important aspect of water governance.
- The widespread use of boring machines has led to unregulated and excessive exploitation of ground-water.
- We have to value our ground-water and be responsible.
- We have to ensure that the precious rainwater does not get wasted.
- We need to store and capture the rainwater by utilizing our existing reservoirs, dams, other water bodies and by adopting water harvesting measures in our homes and neighbourhoods.
- While seeking solutions to address different water-related issues, we should not lose sight of our age-old methods of conserving water.
- A blending of the traditional knowledge with modern technologies and techniques can help India to become a water secure nation.
- All stakeholders should pledge to achieve water-related goals with robust cooperation among all states, public and private organisations and people.
Related Topics: Environment, Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre
Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has inaugurated the Cane and Bamboo Technology Park-cum-Office Premises of Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) at Burnihat, Assam.
About Bamboo Technology Park
- It has been developed to exclusively deal with Bamboo & Cane, catering to the needs of the industries, entrepreneurs, designers, crafts persons, rural people, teachers, policy makers, technicians and technologists.
- The Centre will be identifying and transferring appropriate manufacturing techniques, providing technical assistance, rendering specific services such as, laboratory testing and quality assurance.
- One of the unexplored potentials in North East is bamboo, as more than 50% of India’s bamboos are found in this region.
- Though the biggest storehouse of bamboo in India is North East, the market of bamboo is extended all over India.
- Youth of the region should utilize the home grown bamboo to produce different commodities, which will help them to earn their livelihood sitting at home.
FACTS OF THE DAY
WORLD’S FIRST CAMEL HOSPITAL
World’s first camel hospital at Dubai is set to expand its facilities by an additional 50 per cent in response to the increase in demand for its services. The camel hospital, built at an estimated cost of 40 million Dirhams, opened its doors in 2017 to meet the demand in the UAE for an advanced medical facility dedicated to treating camels. Since its inception, the hospital has attracted the interest of not only local owners but also camel breeders from across the world. Camels are an integral part of the UAE’s heritage. Historically, camels, known as the ‘Ship of the Desert’ were a source of transport as well as food and milk in the region.
DADASAHEB PHALKE AWARD 2018
The country’s highest film honour, the Dadasaheb Phalke award 2018, conferred for “outstanding contribution for the growth and development of Indian cinema” will be presented to Amitabh Bachchan. It was introduced by the government in 1969 to commemorate the “father of Indian cinema” who directed Raja Harischandra (1913), India’s first feature film, and it was awarded for the first time to Devika Rani, “the first lady of Indian cinema”. The Dadasaheb Phalke award comprises a Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus), a shawl and a cash prize of ₹1,000,000.
GANDHI SOLAR PARK
PM Narendra Modi has remotely inaugurated the Gandhi Solar Park with 193 solar panels, each representing a member of the multilateral body, at the UN Headquarters during the Gandhi@150 commemorative event to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and mark India’s global leadership in renewable energy. The 50 kilowatt (KW) roof-top solar park was built at a cost of US $1 million. The solar panels are powered up to reach the max of 50 KW of generation power. Energy generated in the park is equivalent to energy that would have been created through use of 30,000 kilograms of coal. It also has a carbon sequestration of 1000 seedlings which will grow into trees over 10 years. India is the third largest emitter of green house gases, after China and the US.