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Indian PM: Time To Switch From ‘Climate Change’ To ‘Climate Justice’

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Anisha Khatun, Samaya News

PM Narendra Modi said, the focus on environment needs a revision from climate change to climate justice, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, signalling that India will not give in to pressure at the global climate pact in Paris in December.

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India’s Prime Minister Narenda Modi addresses the UN General Assembly on Friday (photo PTI)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on Friday. (Source: PTI)Reiterating the message of “common but differentiated responsibilities” on climate action with the slogan of “climate justice

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Modi said “When we speak only of climate change, there is a perception of our desire to secure the comforts of our lifestyle,” but “When we speak of climate justice, we demonstrate our sensitivity and resolve to secure the future of the poor from the perils of natural disasters.”

He added that Climate justice is a “question on equity” and its central principle is common but the responsibility is “differentiated”.

India has always maintained that the responsibility of containing climate change such as the fallout of a medley of causes including greenhouse gases and carbon-dioxide emissions is of the developed world and not of the developing countries. External affairs ministry spokesman, Vikas Swarup stated that India’s per capita emission is 1.7, whereas, America’s is 16 or 17.

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