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UP CM Yogi Kickstarts National Climate Conclave 2023: Paving Way for a Sustainable Future

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugarated the two-day National Climate Conclave-2023 in Lucknow today. He emphasized the importance of environmental conservation, saying that while progress is vital today, we also have responsibilities to the environment and nature that cannot be overlooked.

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UP CM Yogi Kickstarts National Climate Conclave 2023: Paving Way for a Sustainable Future
UP CM Yogi Kickstarts National Climate Conclave 2023: Paving Way for a Sustainable Future

The Chief Minister stated during the two-day National Climate Conclave-2023 at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan, "Today, we are all facing the negative consequences of mankind's over-exploitation of nature for selfish ends. We are all aware of how environmentally friendly Indian tradition has always been."

“According to an Atharva Vedic hymn, we are all sons of the ground, and we should all feel related to it. There is no need to explain a son's obligation to his mother," he added.

Yogi noted that the globe is currently confronting the difficulty of climate change, saying, "You must be experiencing unexpectedly heavy rains." Historically, the monsoon would arrive about June 15, but last year there was no rain in June, very little rain in July, and dryness in August. The monsoon arrived in October, and the tragedy of a flood had to be dealt with in that month for the first time in many years."

The Chief Minister went on to say that he hadn't seen floods in October in 25 to 30 years, but it happened this time. "It rained in March of this year as well." It didn't rain when the farmer needed water, but it rained when it was time to reap the harvest, causing crop damage."

"It emphasizes the negative effects of climate change." We are now suffering from the negative consequences of what man has done to the environment out of selfishness," the CM stated. The Chief Minister stated that it is an honour for India to lead the globe in this way. He said that Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state in India, with more people than land area. However, the state has adequate water resources, fertile soil, and once had adequate forest cover.

"As a result of the population boom, forests were cut down." I was given the opportunity to attend the 'Van Mahotsav' when the government was created. I requested the department to make it a campaign. The first intention was to plant five crore seedlings, followed by ten crores the following year. "We accomplished a lot by planting 133 crore saplings in the last six years," the CM claimed.

He stated that the state's forest cover has expanded in the last six years, as has public awareness. "The Prime Minister has launched several water conservation campaigns." As part of the Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, each gramme panchayat and district was tasked with constructing 75 Amrit Sarovars across the state. "It gives me great pleasure that this campaign has begun in every village in UP and that 8,000 Amrit Sarovars have been built," he remarked.

Yogi said that the Forest Department initiated a tree planting programme in lake areas, and that he had also ordered the Forest Department in 2019 to safeguard older trees by designating them as heritage trees, in addition to planting new ones.

The Chief Minister remarked that while development is vital, responsibilities to the environment and nature must not be overlooked. "Metro is available in the majority of UP cities." We have put in place a scrapping policy for diesel and petrol automobiles. The promotion of electric vehicles and green energy is performed by gradually removing diesel and petrol automobiles from the road. Today, UP is producing the most ethanol. Such programmes must be carried out collaboratively."

He went on to remark that the job of poison-free agriculture had begun. "We encourage natural farming in UP, and the Namami Gange project has produced some excellent results." The Ganges dolphin had become extinct prior to 2017. Dolphins can now be seen from Prayagraj to Buxar. "14 crore litres of Kanpur sewage used to flow into the Ganga; today, not even a single drop does," CM Yogi said. "Various programmes are being implemented by the federal and state governments. The success of the Prayagraj Kumbh in 2019 was a result of the Namami Gange project's achievement," Yogi explained.

The Chief Minister highlighted the condition of the Sangam river during previous governments, saying that in 2013, the Prime Minister of Mauritius visited Prayagraj Kumbh and, upon seeing the filth on the Sangam shore, bowed down from a distance and returned. "It was a coincidence that the Pravasi Bharatiya programme was held in Varanasi in 2019 and that I had invited the Prime Minister of Mauritius to Prayagraj." When he arrived at the Sangam and witnessed lakhs of people bathing, he took the sacred dip with a party of 400 people."

The UP government has resolved to preserve cows and launch a campaign for poison-free farming using cows. Organic and natural farming is practiced on 1.30 lakh hectares spread over 27 districts and Bundelkhand along the Ganga's banks, he said. The UP government, which has designated the forest department as its nodal agency, plans to conduct 35 crore tree plantation campaigns in the first week of July.

"Fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi's resolutions, Uttar Pradesh is becoming India's growth engine under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath," said Union Cabinet Minister of Labour and Employment, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupendra Yadav. The two-day Climate Conclave 2023 event, which is being held here, will be remembered as a watershed moment in environmental history."

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