We should move away from the Yadav consumer-centric approach at the UN

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It is imperative that we collectively move away from a consumer-driven approach. The mindset of using and throwing is deleterious to the planet, Union Minister Bhupender Yadav said on Monday.

In his address to the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at its fifteenth session in Côte d’Ivoire, he said that despite the deteriorating state of the land, the world continues to embrace consumerist lifestyles and expects our lands to continue to give.

Speaking on the effect of global warming on land, Yadav said protecting both people and the planet will not be possible without developed countries taking the lead in drastically reducing emissions, because their responsibility for global warming is the highest both historically and at present. .

The minister further said that India has strengthened the monitoring of its soil health through the soil health map program implemented across the country.

“Over 229 million soil health cards were issued to farmers between 2015 and 2019 and this program resulted in an 8-10% drop in chemical fertilizer use and also increased productivity by 5-6 %,” Yadav said. .

“I would like to emphasize that rural livelihood programs in India have an underlying philosophy of conservation and restoration of natural resources. As we recover from the pandemic, we have used our livelihoods programs extensively to work on land restoration. »

Building better and greener communities, especially for vulnerable groups, will have to be at the heart of the restoration agenda, he said.


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