Need to strike balance between development and saving environment: PM Modi

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Gurgaon, Jan. 25 (ANI): Highlighting the importance of combating global warming, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called for the imperative need to strike balance between development and preserving the environment, saying that ‘innovation’ was key in this endeavour.

“For the past one year the world has been deliberating on how to combat global warming and energy has become an integral part of a nation’s development journey. On one hand you have the worry of global warming and saving the environment on the other hand to need to fulfil the needs of mankind but without energy, development is impossible,” Prime Minister Modi said after inaugurating the interim Secretariat of International Solar Alliance (ISA) here.

Talking the ISA, he said that US, France and India took a joint initiative at the COP21 to promote innovation and added that the Alliance intends to bring together 122 nations that have more than 300 days of sunlight in a year.

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“If nations creating petroleum can come together, I wondered why can’t nations where the sun shines for more than 300 days in a year join hands. There are 122 nations like that and the French President helped me in this initiative and speaking to other countries. I have met with the leaders of many small island nations and understood their concerns stemming from climate change,” he said.

He asserted that although the ISA was headquartered in India it was a ‘global’ institution meant for the benefit of mankind.

“This is not solely India’s institution, it belongs to the world. This headquarter belongs to the world and will function independently. Different countries will handle the responsibilities,” he added.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi and President Hollande travelled to the ISA here via metro and the former said that this was an example of a crucial step that can be taken to combat global warming. (ANI)

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