“Possible to live in harmony with nature without its undue exploitation”: Pralhad Joshi at G20

5 February, 2023 | Pragati Singh

g20 National

It is possible to live in "harmony with nature" without undue exploitation.

Union Minister Pralhad Joshi emphasised India’s lifestyle culture on Sunday, saying that it is possible to live in “harmony with nature” without undue exploitation. On Sunday, Union Minister Smriti Irani addressed the G20 Energy Transitions Group conference in Bengaluru, saying that Indians believe in environmentally responsible activities. 

“It is possible to live in harmony with nature without its undue exploitation. We Indians believe in nature-friendly practices. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Circular economy is part of our lifestyle culture,” he said.
The Minister also emphasised the importance of evolution and stated commandments for the world’s adolescents to help in building united global viewpoints on economic progress and to bridge the gap in thinking between developing and developed nations.

With regard to climate change, Joshi stated that India acknowledges the necessity of energy security and affordability. “Energy transition in developing countries requires an investment in clean fuel. While prioritizing growth we can’t compromise energy for future generations,” he said.

The minister also emphasised that the energy transition will be difficult, and that the G20 states must collaborate with worldwide communities to achieve the energy transition aim. “G20 nations must understand that the energy transition will have challenges and opportunities for nations. We must work with international communities to target energy transition goal from fossil fuels to cleaner fuel which is inclusive and just,” said Joshi.

RK Singh, Union Minister for Power, has urged for the development of a “inclusive agenda,” despite the fact that approximately 800 million people worldwide lack access to energy. According to the Minister, there is a need for a comprehensive conversation about energy security.

“Holistic discourse is needed on energy alternatives, security and transition. Growing energy demand requires viable storage. 800 million people globally don’t have energy access. We must make inclusive agenda,” he said.

From December 1, 2022, India will hold the G20 presidency for one year. The first Energy Transitions Working Group (ETWG) Meeting will be place in Bengaluru from February 5-7, 2023, under its presidency.

The seminar emphasises the significance of CCUS in attaining a “clean energy transition” and eventually reaching net zero. The goal is to cut overall estimated emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030 and reduce the country’s carbon intensity to less than 45 percent.