‘India Must Tackle Green Growth’
BANGALORE: India needs to tackle the issue of green growth more seriously than other countries, said former union minister Jairam Ramesh here on Friday. “India must be an exception to the grow now, pay later syndrome that is followed by every country in the world,” he said.
He was speaking at a seminar held at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, to discuss ways and issues in bringing science to the public. He said India’s location and history doesn’t allow it to ignore the issue of green growth. “The three reasons India has to look at sustainable and green growth are - demographics, climate change and environment. Across the world, populations are coming down, countries are facing population downfall but in India it is the opposite. We are adding 10 million people every year. Our country is dependent more on climate change for livelihood than other countries and environment is no longer restricted to books but has become a concern for public health,” he said.
Speaking about the controversy surrounding nuclear power, he said, “In the coming years India has be a major player in nuclear power. From a climate change perspective, India cannot afford to ignore nuclear power. It constitutes 3.4 per cent of our energy supply and it must increase to 10 per cent to 20 per cent in the coming two decades.” In the day-long seminar people from various scientific organisations and activists spoke.