Prime Minister Narendra Modi extolled the virtues of a zero-carbon footprint lifestyle, saying Mahatma Gandhi was one of the greatest environmentalists of the world who led such a lifestyle. Modi was addressing the Global Citizen Live programme, an event that is part of a “world recovery” relief campaign focusing on Covid-19, ending the hunger crisis, resuming learning for all among others.
The prime minister also shared the experience of fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, which has taught people that they are “stronger and better when together”. He said generations will remember how human resilience prevailed over all else during the pandemic.
Music artistes such as K-pop sensation BTS are set to perform at the event. The line-up also includes Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Lopez, The Weeknd, Lorde, Metallica, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, and Lizzo among others. Aastha Gill, Amit Trivedi, Tanishk Bagchi, Zara Khan, Nikhita Gandhi, and Yasser Desai will be performing from India.
Followers of the movement tuned into PM Modi’s speech. Here are some top quotes
— On music: PM Modi said the Global Citizen Movement used music and creativity to bring the world together. “Music, like sports, has an inherent ability to unite,” he said.
— On climate change: The PM said the threat of climate change loomed large and the world needed to accept that any change in the global environment first began with oneself.
— Trustees of the planet: Picking up from his conversation with US president Joe Biden, Modi spoke about Mahatma Gandhi’s views on the trusteeship of the planet. “In whatever he (Mahatma Gandhi) did, he put the welfare of our planet above everything else. He highlighted the doctrine of trusteeship — meaning we all are trustees of the planet, with the duty of caring for it.”
— Mahatma’s zero-carbon footprint lifestyle: PM Narendra Modi addressing at the Global Citizen live : Mahatma Gandhi is one of the greatest environmentalists of the world. He led a zero-carbon footprint lifestyle.
— Development in India: Modi also talked about how the homeless in India had been provided 30 million houses in cities and villages. “A roof over the head gives people dignity. Another mass movement taking place in India is to provide drinking water connection to every household. The govt is spending over a trillion dollars for next generation infrastructure,” Modi said.
— On food efforts: Last but not the least, PM Modi said for several months last year and even now, free food grains have been provided to 800 million Indian citizens. “This and several other efforts will give strength to the fight against poverty,” he added.
(With PTI inputs)Internet Explorer Channel Network