What Are Hindu Nationalists Doing to Combat Climate Change? By Toby Zuckerberg

The Paris Agreement was created in 2014 in a convention in Paris with all the countries who decided to attend about climate change. It was meant to slow down climate change and if everything works exactly to the plan from the Paris Agreement, we will heat up 2 degrees less than before it was made. This is a very big step towards minimizing global warming although it seems small. This connects to Hinduism because of the ancient texts from Hindu scriptures. Many of them say to be one with the earth and live equally with it. Many Hindu priests and people believe it is their duty to help the earth because the earth is their number one place of worship (Bulaji, 1). The legacy the Hindu nationalist prime minister, Narendra Modi, is trying to create is one where Hindu Indians are living as one with the world and not destroying it all the time. He is also trying to make India a much more environmentally friendly place than now because it contributes to almost 5% of the world’s pollution.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has many goals to achieve a more environmentally friendly country including ideas about wind, coal, solar power, renewables, and transportation. By 2022 Modi want 20% more wind power, 100 giga watts of solar power to have at least 20 GW of solar power and 13 GW of biomass and other renewables, and for every gas powered vehicle to have at least 49 MPG. By 2019 he wants to have every home fueled by solar power and for India to be invested in 25 solar parks, which can possibly increase the countries solar power almost ten times. In addition, by 2017 he wants to have at least 27 GW of wind power, 4 GW of solar power, and 10 GW of biomass and other renewables and to have all gas powered vehicles to have at least a 20% blend of ethanol and biodiesel (Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, 2).

Modi has recently said he wants India to become a cashless society because of all the counterfeiting that happens (Hashmi, 1). Unintentionally, this would be great for the environment. By taking away the near 100 billion bank notes in India, he would be cutting down a lot less trees and not using all that gas to transport the money, print the money, and transport the supplies.

As I explained in the first paragraph, the Paris Agreement is an agreement made by over 60 countries to try and stop global warming by making their country more environmentally friendly, and India has committed to the Paris Agreement stating many goals they have for the next few years (Moody, Dennis, 1). These goals include putting a tax on coal usage for companies, creating a market to balance supply and consumption of electricity, a program to make the agriculture sector more efficient, and a program to find a better, greener air conditioner because cooling is about half the growth in new electricity demand in India (Moody, Dennis, 1).

India accounts for nearly 5% of the world's pollution and Narendra Modi wants to leave a legacy of change and fighting for the good of the country. Being a Hindu nationalist helps him to take the traditional environmentally friendly ideas of ancient Hindu scriptures into government and actually leading a country. From my original question, what are Hindu nationalists Doing to combat climate change, I answered many questions along the way. Because of this I don't really have any unanswered questions or any more questions.

  • Bulaji, Murali. "A Hindu Call to Action in Fighting Climate Change." The Huffington Post. Last modified November 23, 2015. Accessed December 5, 2016. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/murali-balaji/a-hindu-call-to-action-in_b_8631290.html.
  • "India's Climate and Energy Policies." Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. Last modified October 2015. Accessed November 29, 2016. http://www.c2es.org/docUploads/india-factsheet-formatted-10-2015.pdf.
  • Hashmi, Sameer. "Can India Really Become a Cashless Society?" BBC. Last modified November 25, 2016. Accessed December 4, 2016. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38048051.
  • Moody, Chris, and Brady Dennis. "India Ratifies Paris Climate Agreement on Gandhi's Birthday." The Washington Post. http://think.galegroup.com/ic/gic/NewsDetailsPage/NewsDetailsWindow?disableHighlighting=false&displayGroupName=News&currPage=&scanId=&query=&source=&prodId=GIC&search_within_results=&p=GIC%3AOVIC&mode=view&catId=&u=nysl_me_horman&limiter=&display-query=&displayGroups=&contentModules=&action=e&sortBy=&documentId=GALE%7CA465251229&windowstate=normal&activityType=&failOverType=&commentary=.

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