NEW DELHI: Ahead of the global meet on climate change, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the developed world to be convinced that developing nations are not enemies of environment and pressed for changing the mindset that development and growth are inimical to ecology.
The Prime Minister suggested that there should be a common school syllabus on environmental subjects across the world, both in developed and developing countries, so that the younger generation grows up with common goals in the battle against climate change.
Modi made the observations while interacting with the Heads of Delegations of Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) who were here for a meeting as part of preparations for the Conference of Parties-21 on Climate Change to be held in Paris later this year.
Asserting that India stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the LMDCs on climate issues, he said the world, which is now well aware of the challenge of climate change, needs to be made aware about the principle of climate justice.
There is a need to counter the atmosphere being created by certain groups, including in developing countries, that development and growth are enemies of the environment - and all those who pursue development and growth are therefore guilty, Modi told the delegates.
He said the world needs to be convinced that developing countries are not enemies of environment, he said.
The Prime Minister also laid emphasis on the need for the developed world to fulfil its commitments with regard to sharing clean technology, and providing financial assistance to help the developing world combat climate change, while simultaneously meeting its legitimate development aspirations.
While the developed countries should have targets for emission cuts, developing countries should work on targets of encouragement, such as initiatives towards renewable energy and green buildings, he said.
He called for a change in lifestyle to reduce energy consumption.
Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar was present during the interaction.