India's Modi urges 'climate justice' ahead of Paris meet

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers his speech during the 46th Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi on July 20, 201
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers his speech during the 46th Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi on July 20, 201

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Thursday for a focus on "climate justice" rather than climate change, saying the poor suffered most from global warming.

India is under pressure to commit to cutting its ahead of a major conference in Paris later this year aimed at forging a global climate pact.

It argues the burden should lie with , which have been accused of hypocrisy in heaping demands on poorer nations.

In a speech in New Delhi Thursday, Modi said natural disasters such as flooding or drought disproportionately affected poor communities and called for a shift in focus.

"We can't let climate change keep affecting people in this manner. Which is why I believe the discourse must shift focus from climate change to climate justice," he said.

India has so far resisted pressure to commit to any major emissions cuts despite a pact last year between the two top global emitters, China and the United States.

Modi has bet big on coal, a key source of pollution, although India also has an ambitious renewable energy output target of 175,000 megawatts by 2022.

US President Barack Obama added to the pressure in January, saying the world did not "stand a chance against " unless developing nations like India reduce dependence on fossil fuels.


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Sep 04, 2015
Modi wants the emphasis on money first, people last. It is apparent in his politics.

We will see it it improves their situation.

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