World Environment Day: On the occasion of World Environment Day 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a program on soil conservation. Speaking on the occasion organized by Sadguru Jagi Vasudev’s Asia Foundation, PM Modi said that Sadguru and Isha Foundation also deserve congratulations today. In March, his organization launched a soil rescue campaign. Today is the 75th day of his 27-nation journey. Today, as the country celebrates the 75th anniversary of its independence, it is taking new resolutions in this epoch. Therefore, this kind of public campaign becomes very important.
The Prime Minister further said that he was satisfied that the schemes that have been running in the country for the last eight years have somehow applied for environmental protection. Be it the Sooch Bharat Mission or the Wealth Disposal Program, the construction of modern sewage treatment plants in cities under the AMRUT mission, or the campaign to get rid of single use plastics or the cleanup of the Ganges under the Namami Ganga, to protect the environment. India’s efforts for Efforts are multifaceted. India is making this effort at a time when India’s role in climate change is almost non-existent. The world’s largest modern nations are not only exploiting more and more of the earth’s resources, but also emitting more and more carbon emissions.
We have focused on five important things to save the soil.
First of all, how to make the soil chemical free.
Second – How to save the creatures that live in the soil which in technical language you call Soil Organic Matter.
Third: How to maintain soil moisture, how to increase the availability of water.
Fourth: How to remove the damage caused to the land due to lack of ground water.
Fifth, how to prevent continuous soil erosion due to deforestation.
PM Modi said that earlier the farmer of our country did not know what kind of soil he had, what was lacking in his soil, how much. To overcome this problem, a major campaign was launched in the country to issue swine health cards to farmers. More than 22 crore Swail Health Cards were issued to farmers across the country. In addition, a large soil testing network has been set up in the country.
Today, millions of farmers across the country are using fertilizers and micronutrients based on information received from the Swallow Health Card. This has resulted in savings of 8 to 10 per cent in the cost of farmers and an increase of 5 to 6 per cent in production. 100% semi-coating of urea has also benefited the soil. Soil health is also improving in many states of the country due to micro-irrigation and Atal Bhoo Yojana.
We are connecting the people of the country to water conservation through campaigns like Catch Rain.
In March this year, a campaign was launched to protect 13 major rivers in the country. It is working to reduce water pollution as well as plant forests along rivers. It is estimated that this will add more than 7,400 sq km to India’s forests. This will further help in forest cover as India has added more than 20,000 sq km in the last 8 years.
Due to the policies that India is pursuing today regarding biodiversity and wildlife, the number of wildlife has increased to a record level. Today, whether it is a lion, a lion, a cheetah or an elephant, the number of people in the country is increasing. In this year’s budget, we have decided that we will encourage natural farming in the villages along the Ganges, creating a huge corridor of natural farming.
This will not only make our fields chemical free but also give new impetus to the Namami Ganga campaign. India is also working to restore 26 million hectares of barren land by 2030. To protect the environment, today India is constantly emphasizing on new innovations and pro-eco-technology. We set a target of 40% of our installed power generation capacity from non-fossil fuel based sources. India has achieved this target 9 years ahead of schedule.
PM Modi will launch “Zindagi” movement.
Shortly afterwards, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Lifestyle for the Environment movement through video conferencing on Sunday. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said it would try to encourage individuals, communities and organizations around the world to adopt an environmentally conscious lifestyle.
Ideas and suggestions will be sought from academics, universities and research institutes. The event was also attended by Bill Gates, Bill Gates, co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, environmental economist Lord Nicholas Stern, author Case Sunstein, Anirudha Das Gupta, CEO and President of the World Resources Institute, UNEP Global Head Inger. Will do Anderson, among others.
Other dignitaries will include UNDP World Leader Acham Steiner and World Bank President David Malpas. The idea for “life” was introduced by the Prime Minister during the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow last year.